Once you’ve written your assignment, it’s important to edit and proofread your work.
Depending on the type of assignment and your process of writing, editing may involve:
Once you’ve edited your work, proofread it. This involves checking spelling, grammar and references.
There is no editing or proofreading service at the University. However, you can develop techniques to edit and proofread your own work. The Learning Centre runs workshops and offers individual consultations where you can discuss ways to improve your writing. Bring an assignment that has already been marked as a sample of your work, and the Learning Centre lecturer can identify what your problem are and advise you on how to avoid them in the future.
Unmarked work that you intend to submit cannot be edited by a Learning Centre lecturer. At most, the lecturer can give you general feedback based on reading one or two pages.
If you are a postgraduate research student, you can ask the Learning Centre for feedback on parts of your thesis. This would include advice on structure, clarity, expression, aspects of grammar, but does not involve editing and proofreading. If you want to use this service, begin well before your submission date, as it aims to help you develop writing skills, not to fix up mistakes.
If you’re a postgraduate student and willing to spend money, a list of private proofreaders and editors can be obtained via Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA). You may also find proofreaders who advertise their services on noticeboards around the University.
This material was developed by the Learning Centre, who offer workshops, face-to-face consultations and resources to support your learning. Find out more about how they can help you develop your communication, research and study skills.
See our Writing skills handouts.