Chapter 1 - Tips for Editors

Tips for Improved Proofreading

Effective editors are also amazing proofreaders. Use these tips to improve your ability to proofreading skills.

  • Read the copy aloud.
  • Use your finger to follow along as you read.
  • Change the size of the font (but remember to change it back before submitting).
  • Read the text backwards. (This will help you catch misspelled words and small errors. Don’t do this on the first read. Use this tactic on your second proofread.)
  • Write down the errors you commonly see. Keep it near you and review it daily to help remind yourself what types of errors are commonly occurring.
  • Always use the American English spelling of words unless otherwise stated in the assignment style guide/brief.
  • Keep an eye out for homonyms that spell check does not catch.

Use a Proofreading Program: Grammarly

Grammarly is an automated proofreading software that scans your content and alerts you of possible errors within the text. While the software isn’t perfect, it can help you catch small errors you might otherwise overlook.


Grammarly doesn’t automatically change the content. It points out errors, along with suggested revisions, so you can use your judgment to decide if there is actually a problem. We don’t recommend accepting all of Grammarly’s suggestions without reviewing them because the program may report unnecessary issues.

The software uses different scans for a variety of content types and shifts its results accordingly. We recommend using the default setting ‘Casual’ for scanning blog post content.

Grammarly is a subscription based software but it is worth the cost as it catches errors from word omissions to subject verb disagreements to misplaced modifiers. If you are interested in purchasing a subscription to Grammarly, contact and request a discount code while supplies last.

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