The Significance of Proofreading a Dissertation

It is inarguably true that written English is way different and difficult than verbal English. If an individual is good at verbal English then it is not necessary that he/she would be fluent in written English as well. This difference is normally noticeable in foreign students who are non-native to English language. Apart from them, even many native English speakers often find themselves confused while tackling advance English courses. Regardless of whether your English is good or bad, you can’t let it deteriorate the quality of your dissertation. It is the most important part of your master’s course since your degree hinges on its success.

In dissertation, it is not only the grammatical problem that damages the quality but also it is the inconsistent sentence structure that disrupts the entire flow of the thought process. People having good verbal English skills also find it difficult to jot down their thoughts. Mostly it is because they don’t know how to compile words to express their thoughts. Therefore, it is highly important that proofreading should be carried out before wrapping up any manuscript.

Proofreading or editing can greatly assist students in earning good marks and gaining their professor’s recognition. It also assists in ensuring the quality of your master’s dissertation, thus assuring your long-awaited degree. Proofreading can be done either by the writer himself or someone else, having skills in written English. Most prominent mistakes that you should keep an eye on are typographical errors, inconsistent thought flow, repetitive sentences and grammar. Take not of the below-listed guidelines that you can consider while proofreading your dissertation.

•    Always proofread word by word and not the complete sentence. If you read the whole sentence you might get absorbed in the flow and miss any possible mistake in it. Therefore, reading content word by word will help you identify every single typo in your content.

•    Use different colored markers to mark mistakes, incorrect sentences or thought process.

•    Remove the repetitive sentences from your dissertation. Change them with unique ones while keeping the intended message intact.

•    Always proofread the whole content from backwards.

•    Always keep a dictionary in order to correct the mistakes manually. In other words, try to avoid automated word-processor dictionaries and do it manually.

•    Fix the mistakes in your content and let someone proofread it to further make sure that there are no errors in it.

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