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Writing

Editing and proofreading

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:

  • removing or adding text to meet the word limit
  • making your sentences clearer and more concise
  • restructuring paragraphs or sections
  • making sure your ideas flow logically
  • making sure you’ve provided enough background information
  • adding in subheadings or sentences to clearly signpost the structure.

Once you’ve edited your work, proofread it. This involves checking spelling, grammar and references.

Help editing and proofreading

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 discuss ways to improve your writing. Bring an assignment that has already been marked as a sample of your work.

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.

Learning Centre (Camperdown Campus)

Address
  • Room 722, Level 7, Education Building, Camperdown Campus
Opening hours
9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Learning Centre (Cumberland Campus)

Address
  • Ground Floor, Building A, Cumberland Campus, Lidcombe
Open
by appointment
Last updated: 25 February 2019

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