Proofreading of such an important paper may take a while. DELTA assignment requirements insist not only on the ideas and theory but the clarity of the writing, spelling, style and more of specifically language-related standards.
Here are a few levels of proofreading:
Level 1 Ideas and logic
This one seems to be the most crucial and you are expected to work on this along with writing the assignment as it is.
It is super helpful to ask one of your non-DELTA friends to read through the main body and ask you questions when they cannot grasp the idea or get lost in terms.
Make sure that you do pass the message and even in this limited word count you haven’t messed up the logic of representation.
Level 2 Grammar and spelling
Maybe that same friend can point out some typos. Spellcheckers may help you out with underlining troublesome words and phrases. But don’t blindly trust them as in certain cases their advice is not good. Try different automated sources of proofreading to stay on the safe side.
Take your time and leave yourself a few days break between working on the content and proofreading. Take the work as a piece of writing from your student and be a strict teacher who corrects even the minor details which may cause trouble to the reader.
Make sure that your spelling follows the same standard: British or America. Both are good to go as long as you are consistent and don’t mix them up time and again.
Level 3 Punctuation
Ok, it may fall into the previous category but, unfortunately, it not always does. Sometimes you need to refresh your understanding (or memories) of punctuation rules and then go through your paper once again paying attention to commas, colons etc.
In this category, it also makes sense to check capital letters. Obviously, names will be ok. But some terms may (or may not) require capitalisation. Same with the capital letters in headings, titles, quotations.
Level 4 Coherence and cohesion
I don’t know if I should put this on a separate level but my common sense tells me that it goes together with the first level. But it’s more than just logic. It’s about the reader’s perception. Does the text parts flow together? Does it feel like a chopped text? Are the sections of comparable size or you have giants and dwarfs?
The best way for proofreading for this level is to read the whole work aloud. The sound makes the text alive and shows its strengths and weaknesses in a new perspective.
Level 5 Bibliography
This section deserves its own level and an hour of your time.
First thing first, open the Handbook and find their example of the bibliography entry. You need to know what information, in what order and with what punctuation symbols it appears.
Then, check that all the names you have mentioned in the main body are on your list. Next, make sure that they are in the alphabetical order. Once you are done with this, go line by line checking those little details, like commas and full stops.
It may be exhausting, but your attention to details will pay back.
There is always another option: hire a professional proofreader and save some time.
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