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Learn To Revise Your Writing: Essay Revision Tips

You may have rushed your essay, or you may have spent weeks on it. In any case, it is a little heart breaking when your professor asks you to go back and revise it. He or she may require a few amendments, or may suggest a full rewrite because you have missed the point or misunderstood the question. It is a horrible job having to go over your work again, but here are a few tips to help make the job a little easier.

Break it up into sections

Your work may come back with more red marks than a pair of pale redheads in a bare knuckle boxing match, in which case the entire process becomes daunting. But, you can go about fixing it in two ways. You can go down every single amendment request and work on it solely before moving on, or you can break the essay into sections and work on it that way. Here is how you go about doing both of these things.

The amendment instructions

If you do have a lot of them listed on your paper, then start with the very first one. Pretend as if it is the only amendment request and work on it alone. Work on it without even considering or referencing the other amendment requests on the page. Work on it until it is complete and then move on to the next one. Doing it this way will make the task seem a lot more achievable and a lot easier.

How to break up your essay

The other method is to break up your essay, and this is especially helpful if your amendment requests apply to the entire piece of work. Break it into paragraphs if you wish and work on just one paragraph at a time. You can pretend the others do not exist. If you were asked to reduce the word count, then every paragraph should be looked at and considered. The same is true if you were asked to increase the word count. You could look at each paragraph and ask what could be added to make it a fuller and more comprehensive paragraph.

Add more references

Professors love a lot of references. It automatically helps them tick off one of the boxes on their marking sheet for something such as “well researched?” it gets you points right away, but just make sure the references are correct and relevant. They will mark you down if you have added references that do not conform to the point you are making or the statistic you are quoting.

Use a tool for your bibliography

You may be asked to revise your bibliography because you have missed out commas or mixed up a few numbers. All you need to do is use a tool that conforms to your formatting style (APA, MLA, etc). Using a tool will ensure that your bibliography is consistent and will make it a lot harder for you to mix it up a miss commas and such. For instance, this Citation Generator.

Do not read it backwards

This is a proofreading trick that doesn’t work. The idea is that if you read it backwards going from the last line up to the first line (obviously reading each line from left to right. It is unproductive and you will not be able to follow the points you are trying to make. You can read it aloud if you like to see if you have got the flow and grammar right.

Do plan your revision times

You should plan to work on your essay for a limited amount of time before taking a break for a few hours or for the rest of the day. This is because it is very easy to start missing the flaws in your work because you are too busy looking at it. Within a day or two and then go over each of your amendment requests one-by-one and see if any of them still need doing.