No matter how carefully we examine a text, it seems there's always one more little blunder waiting to be discovered.But these 10 tips should help you see (or hear) your errors before anybody else does.


1.Give it a rest.適當休息

If time allows, set your text aside for a few hours (or days) after you've finished composing, and then proofread it with fresh eyes. Rather than remember the perfect paper you meant to write, you're more likely to see what you've actually written.


2.Look for one type of problem at a time.每次只檢查一種類型的錯誤

Read through your text several times, concentrating first on sentence structures, then word choice, then spelling, and finally punctuation. As the saying goes, if you look for trouble, you're likely to find it.


3.Double-check facts, figures, and proper names.著重檢查事實,數據和名稱

In addition to reviewing for correct spelling and usage, make sure that all the information in your text is accurate.


4.Review a hard copy.檢查打印稿

Print out your text and review it line by line: rereading your work in a different format may help you catch errors that you previously missed.


5.Read your text aloud.大聲地讀出你的文章

Or better yet, ask a friend or colleague to read it aloud. You may hear a problem that you haven't been able to see.


6.Use a spellchecker.使用拼寫檢查器

The spellchecker can help you catch repeated words, reversed letters, and many other common errors.


7.Trust your dictionary. 依靠你的字典

Your spellchecker can tell you only if a word is a word, not if it's the right word. For instance, if you're not sure whether sand is in a desert or a dessert, visit the dictionary.


8.Read your text backward.倒序閱讀文章

Another way to catch spelling errors is to read backward, from right to left, starting with the last word in your text. Doing this will help you focus on individual words rather than sentences.


9.Create your own proofreading checklist.制作自己的校對檢查清單

Keep a list of the types of mistakes you commonly make, and then refer to that list each time you proofread.


10.Ask for help.尋求幫助

Invite someone else to proofread your text after you have reviewed it. A new set of eyes may immediately spot errors that you've overlooked.