Have you finally stepped out of the vicious cycle of writing-editing-writing? If yes, then it is probably time for you to step in to the next stage of academic writing — proofreading. The good news is that you are moving closer to your final draft. The bad news is that you are stepping into another pretty long cycle of proofreading-editing-proofreading. Hey, no one said academic writing would be easy, but there are a few tricks that most professional academic proofreading services use to meticulously go through 4000–10,000 words a day.
Don’t proofread until you have finished your actual writing
Choose a quiet place to proofread with unbroken focus and concentration
Use several small blocks of time to proofread
Don’t proof for every type of mistake all at once
Proofread it on printouts rather than the screen
First, focus on the bigger sections and ensure they are arranged well language- and structure-wise
Don’t make word- or sentence-level changes if you have to work on overall development of your text
Highlight the bits of text that need extra time to work on and come back to them the first thing during your next proofreading session
Eliminate unnecessary words that only inflate your text
Make a list of common grammatical errors and check your text
Look for inconsistencies in the text for technical words and phrases; abbreviations; in-text references
Check facts, quotes, dates, figures, tables, and references separate from the text
Check proper nouns and capital letters
Check for missing words
Double check small words that are commonly interchanged (e.g., as, is, if, or, etc.)
Use “Ctrl+F” and “Ctrl+G” to perform elaborate consistency checks
End with the Spelling and Grammar check on word
Spend enough time away from your text between two proofreading sessions for a clearer perspective
Give someone else to proofread it
Proofread your writing aloud at least once
Check for appropriate formatting in the end
It is essential that you know how to identify and correct the mistakes that you make as a writer. Talking to someone who is well-versed with grammatical rules and English language or asking them to proofread for you definitely improves the quality of your paper. You must also develop strategies to correct your personal errors in usage that suit your process of proofreading better. Proofreading is a mentally taxing process, so plan enough time between drafting and submitting your manuscript because proofreading, if done right, consumes a lot of time.
Many established academic writers prefer to hand their manuscript to a professional academic proofreading service provider to save time. Also, the end result of a professional, with an eagle eye for errors made in academic writing, proofing your manuscript will positively be far better than several of your attempts added together.

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