1. Get To Know Your Own Errors
5. Be disciplined. Don't overwrite
Check the time often. Make sure you are sticking to your timeline. If you see that you only have 20 minutes left, start wrapping things up.
7.7. Proofread four or five times.
10.Read each word and sentence as slowly as you can
Try to s-l-o-w-d-o-w- n as you read. If you read silently, or at normal speed, you may skip over errors, make unconscious corrections, or simply overlook them bedcause you are too familiar with the content. You won't give your eyes, or your ears enough time to spot, or hear the errors. Reading s-l-o-w-l-y forces you to concentrate on the task of proofreading.
11. Read you paper backward
Use a piece of white paper to cover every thing except for the sentence you are reading. This helps reduce visual noise (all the other surrounding words), and helps you from being distracted by other sentences. As you read each word and sentence separately, it is much easier to find individual grammar, punctuation or spelling errors.
My next post will focus on the most common ESL errors to proofread for and correct.
Can you add any tips I may have missed? Let me know in the comment box.