Eyes like a hawk.

Day 7 and time to get honest. Hands up if you have ever handed work in without reading it through first. Tired from writing and hoping for the best? Yep, we’ve all been there.  It’s not wise to return though. They say the devil is in the detail, and it really is.  Careless errors give a poor impression, even if your ideas are outstanding. So do yourself justice and make proofreading a priority.

When it comes to proofreading, it is essential to have a well-trained eye for detail.  So how do you train it? We are all prone to making mistakes, but generally the same type. Once we have recognised our Achille’s heel, we ought to make a list or note it down at the top of our paper to remember to check especially for them.  Heads up- the most frequent ones that I see are:

  • spelling
  • agreement with singular and plural
  • having 2 subjects or none
  • articles
  • relative pronouns
  • verb patterns

Set your beady eyes on the B2 essay attached below.  How many mistakes can you find? How could you categorise them and correct them?

B2 essay for proofreading

Despite being a B2 essay, it is still ever so applicable for the C1 bunch.


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