Proof-reading skills seem to improve markedly the moment your work has been submitted.

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Best tip I got was to copy and paste the whole thing in a different font. Like a mind wipe and you can spot things. Still submitted my economics paper with business with two Ns in the title 😐


Often, once I’ve submitted, you would not catch me reading that thing ever again.


I like Microsoft Word’s text-to-speech feature. It helps me with proofreading in multiple ways: – If text-to-speech can’t pronounce a word correctly, there’s a good chance I misspelled it. There are obviously words that it may struggle with anyways, like exotic names or ambiguous words (like lead having different pronunciations depending on context), but hearing a jarring word will at least grab your attention so you can go back and double check. – It’s much easier to spot sentences that have a weird flow when hearing them read back to you. With modern communication being so reliant on text, it’s easy to forgive grammatical errors or unconventional styles. When talking face-to-face, however, weird word choice will near always feel weird. – By closing your eyes and just listening, it’s much easier to tell if you either can or cannot understand the connection between important parts. Do paragraphs cut off in a way that feels incomplete? Do some points feel only loosely related, if not completely out of place? Do your closing thoughts feel like they really tie everything together in a satisfying and understandable way? Obviously this is most useful for essays and research papers, but it could absolutely come in handy for any sort of professional or serious work.


The number of times I’ve submitted something then noticed the millions of errors…


BTW, I just realized that proofreading is not hyphenated. Fuck my life.