Ch 20: Revising Essays for Accuracy & Style

About This Chapter

Use the fun video and text lessons in this chapter to explore ways of revising essays for accuracy and style. Discover or get reacquainted with editing for content, self-editing, peer editing, proofreading an essay and much more.

Revising Essays for Accuracy & Style - Chapter Summary

Feel confident that you understand how to revise essays for accuracy and style with help from this comprehensive chapter. Lessons explore essay revision by examining editing types and techniques and offering informative writing tips. Whether you're trying to understand how to avoid common writing pitfalls or want to refresh your knowledge of self-editing vs. peer editing, this chapter can help. Completing the lessons will enable you to:

  • Define and describe editing for mechanics and content
  • Explain steps involved in proofreading an essay for spelling and grammar
  • Discuss self-assessment in writing, self-editing and peer editing
  • Describe why using precise language in writing is important
  • Share how transitions show relationships, sequence and shifts in writing
  • List ways to avoid being redundant in writing
  • Identify and explain ways to avoid common pitfalls in writing
  • Provide the definition and description of voice in writing

Navigate this chapter by choosing your first lesson then scrolling along the right-hand sidebar to select others in any sequence you desire. All lessons are brief, making them easy to fit into a busy schedule. When reviewing video lessons, take advantage of clickable timelines that allow you to skip to key topics without watching them in full. At any time, feel free to test your knowledge of this chapter's lessons on revising essays for accuracy and style by taking short lesson quizzes and a comprehensive chapter exam.

11 Lessons in Chapter 20: Revising Essays for Accuracy & Style
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Editing for Mechanics: Definition & Concept

1. Editing for Mechanics: Definition & Concept

Find out what 'editing for mechanics' means and how to apply it to your writing. Learn what to look for when you're editing for mechanics, and then take a quiz to test your new skills.

Editing for Content: Definition & Concept

2. Editing for Content: Definition & Concept

Learn what editing for content means and how it's different from editing for spelling, punctuation and grammar. Review the list of things to look for in a content edit. Read the lesson, and then take the quiz to test your new knowledge.

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

3. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.

Self-Assessment in Writing: Definition & Examples

4. Self-Assessment in Writing: Definition & Examples

Self-assessment takes place when we review our writing, either during or after. In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of self-assessment and how we can practice this step.

Self-Editing: Definition & Concept

5. Self-Editing: Definition & Concept

Self-editing is an arduous task that most writers do not particularly enjoy. It's tedious and often times grueling. But it's also necessary. Learn how to make the process easier and ultimately improve the overall quality of your writing.

Peer Editing Essays: How to Help Another Student with Writing

6. Peer Editing Essays: How to Help Another Student with Writing

After writing an essay, your teacher asks you to switch papers with another student and do a peer review. What do you do? What do you look for? How do you help that student improve his paper? This video lesson will answer those questions and give you tips on how to complete a thorough peer review.

The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

7. The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

The simple tips in this lesson will help your writing come to life. Learn how to choose particular nouns and verbs that are active or that show precise states of being, perfect modifiers, and, as an added bonus, a very powerful writing tool: similes.

How Transitions Show Shifts, Sequence & Relationships in Your Writing

8. How Transitions Show Shifts, Sequence & Relationships in Your Writing

When you write just about any kind of paper, whether it's story writing or essay writing, use transitions to help your reader make connections and move easily through your paper. Here are some specific ways to use transitions.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

9. How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

Does your writing redundantly say the same thing twice? Is it full of unnecessary and inessential repetition of things you've already said before? Learn how to fix it here!

Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

10. Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

In addition to all the other things you do while writing an academic essay, you'll need to think about how to avoid common pitfalls. This lesson discusses how to steer clear of some common problems.

Voice in Writing: Definition & Examples

11. Voice in Writing: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what voice is in writing and how it can be used to make your writing unique. Take a look at some examples and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

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