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Ch 4: Technical Editing & Rewriting: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Technical Editing and Rewriting chapter of this Technical Writing Help and Review course is the simplest way to master technical editing and rewriting. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of technical editing and rewriting.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help understanding material from technical writing will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better grades. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding how to proofread messages or simplify for conciseness.
  • Need an efficient way to learn technical editing and rewriting.
  • Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools.
  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD.
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers.
  • Missed class time and need to catch up.
  • Can't access extra English learning resources at school.

How it works:

  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Technical Editing and Rewriting chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Technical Editing and Rewriting chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any relevant question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answer to questions including:

  • How can I achieve clarity in technical communication?
  • What are the five patterns of organization I can use to clarify the content of technical communication?
  • How can I achieve grammatical and contextual correctness in my technical communications?
  • What is the best way to proofread my message for spelling, grammar, accuracy and clarity?
  • How can I simplify my message for conciseness?
  • How do I revise my message for errors, conciseness and readability?
  • How do I proofread a document to ensure it has enough details to support itself?
  • How do I ensure that a technical document will be easily understood by its readers?
  • Why it is important to have clear organization and sequencing in technical documents?
  • What is the importance of unity in technical writing?
  • Why is it important to follow up on messages?
  • How can I use technology to compose an effective and professional document?
  • How do I select the most appropriate channel of communication?
  • How do I give and respond to constructive feedback?

14 Lessons in Chapter 4: Technical Editing & Rewriting: Help and Review
Achieving Clarity in Technical Communication

1. Achieving Clarity in Technical Communication

A lack of clarity in technical documents can lead to confusion and costly mistakes. This video provides tips on how to achieve clarity in technical documents.

Organizing Technical Communication for Clarity

2. Organizing Technical Communication for Clarity

People look for patterns in nature, life, and writing. This video explains the importance of using an organizational pattern in technical writing and provides examples of five organizational patterns.

Grammatical & Contextual Correctness in Technical Communication

3. Grammatical & Contextual Correctness in Technical Communication

One of the most important jobs of a technical writer is to make sure that the information published is accurate. This video provides tips to ensure that your documents are grammatically and contextually correct.

Proofreading Your Message for Spelling, Grammar, Accuracy & Clarity

4. Proofreading Your Message for Spelling, Grammar, Accuracy & Clarity

One of the final stages of completing a business message is to proofread the communication for spelling, grammar, accuracy and clarity by completing different review options. Learn how to proofread in this lesson.

Simplifying for Conciseness in Technical Communication

5. Simplifying for Conciseness in Technical Communication

Documents that are long and wordy are difficult to comprehend and often end up not being read completely through. This video provides strategies for keeping technical documents concise.

Revising Your Message for Errors, Conciseness & Readability

6. Revising Your Message for Errors, Conciseness & Readability

The three parts of producing a message are planning, writing, and completing. In the completing stage, it is crucial for business writers to examine their message for errors, conciseness, and readability.

Achieving Completeness in Technical Communication

7. Achieving Completeness in Technical Communication

Once you've finished writing a technical document, you need to make sure that the information is usable and accurate. This video provides tips on how to make your documents textually and visually complete.

Ensuring that Technical Documents Are Easily Understood

8. Ensuring that Technical Documents Are Easily Understood

In order for our audience to comprehend and act on the information we write, they have to be able to clearly understand what our document says. This video provides tips on how to ensure that our technical documents can be easily understood.

Sequence in Technical Documents

9. Sequence in Technical Documents

Arranging your information in a particular order will help emphasize the points you want to make in technical documents. This video provides tips for creating a clear sequence in technical writing.

Organization in Technical Documents

10. Organization in Technical Documents

In order for our readers to understand what we are trying to communicate, we must effectively organize our information. This video provides tips on how to organize writing for technical documents.

Achieving Unity in Technical Writing

11. Achieving Unity in Technical Writing

Keeping a document focused on one subject will help improve your audience's ability to comprehend your message. This video contains strategies to help keep your document unified.

The Importance of Message Follow-Up

12. The Importance of Message Follow-Up

Business communications depends on excellent writing and good message follow-up. In order to get a response for feedback, comments, information or purchase orders there are some suggestions to follow to have a successful result.

Using Technology to Help Compose Your Message: Formatting & Effectiveness

13. Using Technology to Help Compose Your Message: Formatting & Effectiveness

An important skill for individuals to develop for the work place is the ability to use technology to compose messages. Word processing software can help improve formatting and the overall effectiveness of your message.

Giving and Responding to Constructive Feedback

14. Giving and Responding to Constructive Feedback

Giving and receiving feedback in a work environment allows individuals to understand how they are performing in their job. There are suggestions that individuals can follow to better understand how to deal with criticism.

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