Everybody makes mistakes.
Even the most experienced writers with many published materials will confess that they are serial offenders. Each writer has a mistake, like a certain misspelled work or misused phrase, that shows up every time.
No matter how good you feel about your final draft, nor how many times youve checked for mistakes, you should always proofread a final time before you submit a paper.
Dont try to read your paper on the computer screen, and dont try to proof your writing right away.
Always take time to print out your paper, set it aside for at least fifteen minutes, and then proof.
If possible, exchange papers with someone else and proofread each others work.
Often, when trying to proof your own paper, youll skip right over mistakes like writing scared when you meant sacred. Your mind remembers what you meant, and misses what you actually did. Someone else is more likely to catch things like that.
If you have to proof your own paper, try reading your work backward.
Take it sentence by sentence or word by word. That way, youll be more likely to see things youd normally miss.
Since its easier to proof a strangers paper than your own, try changing the look of your paper to make it less familiar.
Enlarge and change the font. It will look strange, but thats the point! Just remember to change it back once youre finished.
Use spell checker and grammar checker, but dont count on them.
As you know, these functions dont always catch every mistake.
Always proofread out loud, when possible.
Of course, this wont work if youre proofing an essay test.
Do a search and replace computer function if you tend to mix homonyms.
For instance, use the search function on your word processor if you sometimes use there for their or to for too. This can be time consuming, but its worth the effort.