It is probably a matter of practice, but some writers will always want to move quickly to the next step of working with paper copy.
Once the written assignment on the computer screen looks the way you want it, it’s time to print it out and put it through some additional steps of the rewriting process.
BACK TO TOP Share your paper with a friendly editor, someone who has your interests at heart, who has the time to review your paper carefully and who is willing to ask questions and to challenge what you said and how you said it.
This person is not to rewrite your paper for you, but you can hope he or she will catch an occasional glitch in punctuation or lapse in reasoning.
You know you should edit the paper, but how do you go about doing that?
This tutorial will give you step by step instructions for editing your paper before submission.
For more information on annotating your document by hand, look at the Purdue OWL Reverse Outline guide.
Here is an example of what you will be creating in the next 4 steps: sample reverse outline for a class research paper.
Word-processing makes fixing things later on easy, even fun, so don’t hesitate to do some serious scribbling, re-ordering of paragraphs, etc.
If, when you go back to the computer, you’re unfamiliar with the techniques of highlighting and moving blocks of text, book an appointment with the computer coach at the Student Learning Centre or ask for help at the ITS service desk.