The good student strives constantly to achieve a better essay each time they write one. It can be a challenge to find ways to keep improving, but one way of making your essays instantly better is effective editing. If you have time, try to leave a bit of time between finishing your essay and starting the editing process. When you do sit down to look through it, start by looking at its structure. You may have written an essay with the points in order of when they occurred to you, but is this really the most sensible order?
Published on December 2, by Shane Bryson. Revised on September 29, by Shona McCombes. Revising and editing an essay is a crucial step of the writing process. It often takes up at least as much time as producing the first draft, so make sure you leave enough time to revise thoroughly. Table of contents Look at the essay as a whole Dive into each paragraph Polish the language. In other words, confirm that the essay completes every task it needs to complete.
Rewriting is the essence of writing well—where the game is won or lost. This handout will motivate you to revise your drafts and give you strategies to revise effectively. It is an ongoing process of rethinking the paper: reconsidering your arguments, reviewing your evidence, refining your purpose, reorganizing your presentation, reviving stale prose.
Revising and editing are the two tasks you undertake to significantly improve your essay. Both are very important elements of the writing process. You may think that a completed first draft means little improvement is needed. However, even experienced writers need to improve their drafts and rely on peers during revising and editing.