Use this Self-Editing Checklist to proofread your own paper. Check off each step after you complete it.
q Think about what types of mistakes you make most often.
q At the top of your paper, list the three most frequent errors you make that you feel deserve priority.
q Read through your paper and look only for the first, most common error. Circle all suspected errors of that type.
q Next, repeat the previous step, looking only for your second most common error.
q Repeat the previous step once again for your third most common error, if necessary.
q If you have not already looked for verb problems, highlight or underline all of the verbs in your paper.
q Check all of your highlighted verbs for:
q Subject-verb agreement
q Modals (can, should, would, must, may)
q “be” verbs (am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been)
q After you have followed these steps, you may ask a knowledgeable friend (or a WC tutor!) to read over your paper to look for problem areas.