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Whether it's a bachelor thesis, a press release or a job application - editor and proofreader MIa Torn offers tips on proofreading texts yourself.

Electronically or on paper?
If you plan to make major changes to the text, it makes sense to edit it electronically. With common word processing programs you can easily move parts of the text, delete sections or insert passages. You can easily compare text versions on the https://editius.com/ and undo your changes at any time.

If you only want to check your text for last spelling and typing mistakes, printing is the better alternative. When reading on paper, your eyes do not tire as quickly as on the screen. That way, you'll spot more mistakes.

Take more frequent breaks
Even a professional proofreader can't proofread for eight hours straight. So every 30 to 60 minutes, be sure to take a break of 5 to 15 minutes. You can then close your eyes or look at https://editius.com/paper-corrector/, for example from the window. Your eyes will recover more quickly. Relaxation exercises for the eyes and body also increase your productivity.
Why do we not see our own mistakes?
We know this from our own experience: We are often blind to errors in our own texts. With others - no problem. But in our own documents, proofreading seems impossible. Why is that? Three reasons:

Company blindness
We know what we want to say and write. If a letter or word is missing, our brain fills the gaps by "auto-correction". Operational blindness ensures that we only roughly skim our own texts.

Consonance
Words with the same sound are particularly tricky. Typical of this are homonyms such as commodity/truth, people/sound, are/since.Use https://editius.com/document-editing-proofreading/ to prevent this mistakes. These words sound the same, but have different meanings. In addition, the pronunciation is different.

Expectation
Last but not least, our own expectations play a trick on us during proofreading. When we read a sentence, we think it through to the end - and promptly overlook the fact that it ends quite differently. Even misspellings are therefore easily overlooked.

 

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