Editing Skills Tune-Up

What are you learning to help you proofread and edit effectively? What editing tips can you give your readers? As you apply what you are learning, what results are you seeing in your writing?


  1. joceli sanchez says:

    In my English course I’m learning how to proofread my spelling and my sentence structure. Also the correct time and place to put comas, and semi colons. Proofread sentence fragments that I tend to keep composing. I’m just honestly learning how to write a good letter,e-mail, message, etc on a formal and informal way. To edit correctly you have to just understand communication.

  2. Krystal Vanwoerden says:

    I have learned so much taking your English class this semester! When it comes to proofreading and editing effectively, I’ve realized that you have to pay close attention to your writing. You should read your work over and over about 3 or 4 times, just to make sure your paper flows well. Also you should have someone else look at your paper. Having another eye look at it is good because they might catch mistakes that you looked right past. As the semester progressed and keeps progressing, I’ve realized my writings assignments have gotten a lot better! At least I think so! It helps that I have both my parents read over my assignments to make sure they flow correctly. Another plus is this English class is somewhat medical based and my mom is a boss on a unit at Methodist Hospital. So when we were assigned different letters, I focused on them like I was writing to her and then showed her to see if she would approve of receiving one of these letters from one of her employees.

  3. Monica Almy-Boylan says:

    When editing or proofreading a paper that I’ve just finished writing, I like to put the paper aside for a few hours or days. When I return to the paper, it is much easier for me to edit it with clear eyes. I tend to find my mistakes much easier or am able to enhance the paper with a clearer thought process. After I have done this a couple of times, I will ask someone else to give it a quick read. A second opinion can point out flaws that I may not catch on my own.

  4. Alyssa Verde says:

    When it comes to the writing process, it’s important to remember that it’s called a “process” for a reason. This process consists of 3 phases: composing, editing, and revising. When you’re composing, don’t worry about correct grammar and punctuation, that will be done in the “editing” phase. Remembering that editing and revising are separate steps to the writing process has helped me drastically. I’ve also noticed that you don’t have to proofread your paper all at one time. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a break and come back to proofreading and editing later. Sometimes when you read the same thing over and over again, it all becomes a “blob” to you and you miss minor errors. In addition, it’s important to practice proofreading. The saying, “Practice makes perfect,” is extremely true when it comes to the writing process. Proofread your friends’ papers, go online and practice, or use English textbook practice pages. The more proofreading you do, the better you will become at it.

  5. Sheena Herrod says:

    Since taking this course proofreading has become essential in all of my writings. Not only do I proofread my papers, but I have a fellow colleague to proofread it as well. This minimizes the chance of errors. Everything I am learning in this class I use it to help me in my other courses. I have noticed a huge improvement in the way I format my papers. I now understand the importance of professional writing. I understand how and email is supposed to be used and formatted. I’m not going to say all of this easy but I will say it is worth it!

  6. Wilbert Davis says:

    I am learning simple grammar rules that I tend to over look when writing, learning these rules not only helps me edit various mistakes faster and more effectively, but it helps me avoid more errors in my first draft of writing, saving me time later in the editing process. The best editing tip is to compose and edit separately, this will allow you to focus on getting your thoughts down, without worrying about errors. It will save time later and remember, the grammatical rules you think are the easiest are generally where we overlook and make mistakes, do try and remain conscious of exactly what you are writing as you write it. The result I am beginning to see as I apply all of the principles that I have learned are less mistakes my first draft of writing, which has helped later when I am editing because I see my mistakes much easier and there seem to be less mistakes over all to correct, which leaves me room to further correct other aspects of my writing such as, vocabulary and content. This class has given me a much better understanding of the professional writing process. Every aspect of my writing has improved, including my confidence; which I struggled with in the beginning.

  7. So far in English 231, I’ve been learning how to edit my sentences correctly. I never noticed how many commas I misplaced, or all the incorrect grammar that I used. I know that in high school I would always use filler words to make my papers as long as possible. I hoped that it would give me a better grade, but in this class I learned that short and sweet is almost always better. My best advice to anyone that is writing, is basically write everything down that your little heart desires. You should know that when you write you should always put down everything that you feel is necessary. Then you go back and proofread your paper. If things are similar, make it into one sentence. If things aren’t important, but you had thought that they were, take them out! It’s as simple as that. Don’t try to stress yourself out making everything perfect at once. It’s always better to take your time, and take a break if you need to. I find myself writing a lot more appropriately than I was before this class. It helped me realize that if I do what I said above, my writing can only get better!

    • Allison Treba says:

      I forgot to pot my last name in my original posting. My computer shut down in the middle of me typing my name, and when I turned it back on I guess I forgot my last name.

  8. Daralynn Serrano says:

    I have learned that writng is very important and how you write makes a big difference in how your reader respond. Writing is a necessary form of communication. It is very important to learn the aspects of editing your work. I am still a work in progress when it comes to writing. I dreaded taking a writing course in the begining but I am glad that this course was a requirement. I have learned so many tools that is helpful when composing a document. The Writer’s Handbook has been so helpful.

  9. Maria Salinas says:

    I have learned so many valuable writing skill from this course which include proofreading and editing. Proofreading consists of correcting grammar, punctuation, and spelling; while editing is improving the readability. The most useful editing tip that I have learned, is to compose and edit separately. By composing and editing separately, the writer can write without having to stop to make corrections. Also, I have a friend or family member proofread my work for errors that I may have missed.
    So far, I have seen much improvement in my writing. I am no longer scared to use semicolons and I have learned how to properly format important documents.

  10. Anita Dimitrova says:

    I have learned so much so far this semester. I have learned that writing takes a while. Many of us want to write everything that comes to our mind on the paper. And then, we don’t even proofread it. With this class, I learned that when you make it short and simple, you will capture more attention. Even though there is a lot on your mind about a subject, try breaking it down to the main points and explain to the reader that way. Also, proofreading is key! In high school, I would never proofread. I would turn my paper in as is. However, I learned that if you take the time to proofread, your paper will be more effective and actually make sense. Finally, there is a lot to go into writing. There are the grammar rules, spelling, the types of writing, proofreading, etc. Taking this class has made me realize that writing may be difficult at first. However, if you go through the process one step at a time, you can get a better understanding and learn more!

  11. Brittany Turner says:

    This class helped me become more aware of my weaknesses and also gave me tools to strengthen them. This course has helped me understand how I could become a more effective writer. I learned a variety of writing elements and principles to guide my future writing. I learned how to better edit, read, and compose documents. All exercises were useful and helped highlight key writing concepts. This class teaches you a skill and puts it into practice. I am a more effective writing as a result of my work in this course. I am now aware of the importance of considering the audience I am targeting. I am also aware of the ways to properly structure documents. Students can learn a lot if they are willing to take criticism-understanding that it isn’t personal (i.e., an attack) but a way to help them. The course really helped me grow in my ability as a writer. Specifically, it taught me the principles of effective writing.

  12. Jasmyn Mendoza says:

    So far, I have learned many key concepts on how to properly apply editing skills. The Writer’s Handbook was a great help with getting me started on my forums. I’ve learned that is important to edit during the revision process, because you can determine what needs to be eliminated or revised. There are many editing tips I found useful including knowing when and how to properly use commas and colon. This may seem easy for others but I struggle with knowing if a colon is properly formatted in my writing. After reading many concepts, I never realized what I was missing out on. There is so much to writing that a lot of new writers do not fully know. For example, writing consists of many processes that range from paragraph structure to formatting. It takes time and effort to improve your writing; it’s not going to happen over night. I was skeptical in my writing skills before taking W231 Professional Writing, now it is clear of what I need improvement on. I can honestly say that my writing has improved because of this class. After reading many chapters and participating in forums, I can apply what I’ve learned into my own writing. Sometimes I may skim through the chapters just to make sure I am on the right path. In all, I am so happy that I can now start a paper without any frustration on how to began. Thank you Professor Young!

  13. Elizabeth Castro says:

    Hello Everyone:
    I am Elizabeth and I am currently a student of Professor Young. I first want to thank Professor Young for publishing her books, they are so helpful. I am a student that has problems editing my writing papers because English is my second language. However, when effecting I have learned different principles to apply and exercise. For example, I have started to use the Re-visioning, Questioning, Identifying Critical issues, and Rewriting. I have learned that when we first start to write a paper, our ideas are all over the place. The first thing to do is to write the ideas them down to ensure that we do not forget what we want to write. We then are supposed to go back and take what goes with the topic and what does not. I also learned to use the PEER template. This template has taught me to write an effective paper. Using this template I ensure that my paper has a purpose, evidences and main points that support my purpose, ensures that I provide examples that help my readers fully understand my topic and it also ensures that I make recommendation to my readers.
    I have seen that my paper need less work and when taking my papers to the Writing Center at Indiana University Northwest, I have had fewer marks on my papers. This indicates to me that my writing and my grammar errors are improving because I have fewer errors on my papers.
    I hope you enjoy and I also encourage everyone to purchase Professor Young’s books.
    Thank you,
    Elizabeth Castro

  14. Gerri Massey says:

    This class is helping me with my professional writing, such as resumes and writing professional e-mails for work. Being able to refer back to the book for tools and writing skills, such as semicolon and colon usages. Also, I am learning to edit and revise after I proofread. I tend to go through when I am writing and it takes me longer and makes me over think what I am writing. I have also learned to be concise and clear with what I am writing. I have also learned parallel structure and the importance of being consistent. I guess the advice I can give other people is to not let writing scare you. Although writing was my strong point in school, I get intimidated when writing my resume, professional letters, etc. Do not let your fears in writing keep you from doing well. There are many tools you can use to help you, such as the student center, books, internet, or teacher.

  15. Tyler Barron says:

    I would first like to say that this has been the most helpful and informative class I have taken so far, plus I really enjoy it! I have learned a lot about proofreading and editing effectively, the most important part is to take your time! I always catch myself speeding through my writing without ever looking back and that is where I mess up. You cannot just proofread once, it is most effective to go over it a few times and also have someone else look at it as well. Editing does not just include fixing grammar mistakes but it also means you may need to remove some things and rewrite parts of your paper. The best tips I can give you is to have someone else read your paper, read it out loud, line by line, and really edit your paper. Make sure everything flows and you do not need to take things our or change the order around. My writing takes me a little longer now and that is ok! I have started prewriting and taking my time a lot. I have not mastered everything and I still struggle with commas but I am trying and I have noticed a big difference.

  16. CharLesea Calhoun says:

    This class has helped me alot with my grammer and sentence structure. I am also learning how to write in a more professional manner which will definitely come in hand with my other classes.The books are very informative comes in handy when I forget a rule of writing. This class is the most challenging English class I have had but I am learning and retaining all the knowledge. Another thing I am getting better at is proofreading. I find myself reading my work a few times to make sure everything is correct. In thus few months my writing has gotten better and I believe it will continue too. I know when this class is over I will still have the books to go to if I need help.

  17. Alisha Jenkins says:

    In my English class, I learned more now than I did when I was in grade school. I learned to read and watch my sentence structure. I learned whenever I type, I have to proofread everything several times. This class has helped me in my other classes. I am doing better than what I expected! All of the books are really informative. I love how the book gave examples so that I can apply it to my work. Everything is highly comprehensive. One more thing that I learned is communication. When a person writes, anything that is written has to be said clearly for the reader to understand what is being said.

  18. Briana Goodfriend says:

    I am learning how to proof read better by writing my paper then waiting a few hours or so to go back and edit it. This way I am looking at it from a fresh pair of eyes and can find punctuation errors more easily and find better ways to word things. In business writing you should not be to descriptive you should be to the point, I am having a better time finding what is just descriptive and not necessary to my writing. With reading the semicolon and comma sections I am getting better and when they are needed and when they are not. When my teacher would send me back the corrections and make me find the rule that applies to where I need the comma, that helped me a lot. I would tell readers to make your document look professional with enough white space and proper format. Get to the point and do not confuse your reader with unnecessary information.

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