Myths and Realties

When Not to Respond

Designing Writing Assignments

Commenting: Margins and End

Commenting on Drafts


Helping Students Learn Editing

Helping Students Learn to Fix Errors

Overview of Rhetorical Context

Discipline Specific Resources

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Helping Students Learn How to Fix Their Own Errors

As students rely more and more on the features built into word processing programs now, they look less closely for editing and proofreading errors. Sadly, many students see the elements flagged by their word processing programs and don't recognize the problem, so they ignore the flag. You can help students become better at final preparation of their papers just by pointing out that those flags are worth attending to.

Even more important, students often don't spend time editing and proofreading because they don't understand where these processes fit into the overall process of drafting and revising a paper. They sometimes edit too early - before a draft is even complete - and then assume that all their editing is finished. Or they sometimes leave themselves no time for editing and hand in the paper hot off the printer.

Here are some simple strategies to help encourage students to take editing more seriously: