Student: So you want me to check the spelling and commas, right?
Tutor: No, we’re not talking about editing. That part comes later. Revision is a lot more than that.
Student: Well, what does revision mean?
Tutor: Revision means “seeing again.” You need to go back and look at everything again with fresh eyes.
Tutor: Here is some advice: Before you start revising, wait a few hours at least. Then you’ll be able to look at it as if it’s a new piece of writing. Print out what you have written. Read the printed copy carefully. Then write the corrections directly on your printed copy.
Tutor: While you’re reading your paper, think about these questions:
- Do you still agree with the thesis statement? If not, you may need to change it.
- Is the focus too broad or too narrow?
- Is it balanced? In other words, do you have about the same amount of information in each section?
- Have you supported all the claims that you made?
- Does the organization make sense? Do you need to move any paragraphs around?
- Are the facts accurate?
- How is the conclusion? Does your paper end in an interesting way?
Student: Wow, that’s a lot to think about!
Tutor: True, but each point is important. Now make revisions to your paper based on your answers to the questions that you just saw.