Some proof reading tips

  Proof reading your own writing is a pain – even though it is something people like me have to do on a daily basis.

So what are my tips. My first tip would be to pay a professional if you can, but even that does not eliminate the need for you to do some proofing yourself. A nice article from AICPA gives some good tips, and it is worth a read. One tip given is to read out loud. This would actually be my second tip and something I practice a lot. If you read out loud and the sentence sounds wrong, then it probably is wrong. Also, if you run out of breath, the sentence is too long. 

A third tip, is an obvious one, run a spell check. It’s amazing how many people do not.

And finally, try to put yourself in the mind of the reader. Would your writing make sense to them? I often ask students to consider would their grandparents understand what they write. This helps to keep it simple and to the point.

Now, here is hoping there are no typos in this 🙂



About martinjquinn

I am an accounting academic, accountant and author based near Dublin, Ireland.

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