Typos get in the way of presenting your thoughts and opinions. Not only does it make the reading less enjoyable, it also sends a negative message to your audience.
Avoid mistakes and follow these simple steps to help catch typos.
- Take a day- Let a day pass for you to come back to review your content with fresh eyes.
- Print it out- Although it might be less convenient to print out your material, studies have shown that you are more likely to catch errors on paper than on a computer screen. If you are unable to print out your content Ragan.comsuggests using a more distinct type face.
- Proper nouns- Look at the who’s, where’s, and when’s in your content. Make sure that addresses and dates are in AP format as well as making sure names and places are capitalized.
- Reverse- Start at the end of your content and read backwards line by line.
- Use a ruler- On printed material, use a ruler to go under each line. This will prevent you to skipping ahead to the next line
- Know yourself- It’s important to know what you’re not good at when it comes to proofreading. Make a list of common mistakes you make when you write.
- Read aloud- Reading aloud has been an instilled proofreading method since the third grade and it still works.a
For more tips read Daphne Gray-Grants article on Ragan.com