It’s not unusual for most students to rush a hand-in process once a paper or assignment has been completed. With the piece presumably finished, it can be difficult to resist the urge of submitting it for a grade. However, jumping to that step will avoid a key component of finalizing any work: Revision. It can be a pain to get back into the text when the assignment seems to be completed, but revision is just as vital as the writing itself. Handing in a sloppy project can result in a lower grade and negative comments, both of which can be easily avoided with a few simple steps.
1) Be Your Own Critic
A lot of people hate hearing negative feedback on their work, as it can create a feeling of failure. However, putting yourself in the objective position to grade your own work will help you realize your mistakes while also providing you the opportunity to correct them before your grader does. But being your own critic doesn’t mean reading through your work looking for spelling mistakes. In fact, it requires you to put yourself in the grader’s shoes. You’ll want to scrutinize every little mistake, as well as questionable fragments and sentences, in order to enhance your work to it’s full potential.
One of the best ways to become your own critic is to edit your work some time after you’ve completed it even if this means finishing the project a day ahead of time so that you can look back on it before it’s due. If you rush into your editing phase immediately after the work is done, you may not catch all of the mistakes. Taking some time to let your mind rest will provide a fresh lens for your work, leading to better analysis.
2) Ask Others For Help
After you’ve completed the work, it’s a good idea to enlist others for some insight. While it helps to ask someone who may be familiar with the material, this may not be entirely necessary, as most anyone can read your work and still find grammatical errors.
While friends and family may be beneficial, asking your teacher for help is always a good bet. Some teachers may tell the class that they will not help with revisions or drafts, while others are more lenient on the issue. If your teacher is open to this kind of assistance, it’s a good idea to utilize it. Finishing a draft a few days ahead of time and seeking your teacher’s insight will help you considerably as they are the one grading the project in the end.
Revising a work can be a tough task as it asks you to look for your own mistakes. While no one likes to admit they were wrong, it’s much better to find out on your own then to have your grade suffer because you refused to scrutinize your material. While many students feel a concluding paragraph will finalize their work, it is best to get into the habit of revising the text with these steps as the last process in order to create the best routine for better grades.