Strategies for revising a paper

What strategies do you use for revising a paper? How do you know when to accept feedback from another source? What makes feedback valuable to you?

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  1. Thanks to PsyDAG for the following:

    In the future, if nobody is available to proofread your work, you can do this yourself. After writing your material, put it aside for a day — at least several hours. (This breaks mental sets you might have that keep you from noticing problems.) Then read it aloud as if you were reading someone else's work. (Reading aloud slows down your reading, so you are less likely to skip over problems.)

    [You can also either read it aloud to someone else or have someone else read it aloud to you! (The latter works really well!)]

    If your reading goes smoothly, that is fine. However, wherever you "stumble" in your reading, other persons are likely to have a problem in reading your material. Those "stumbles" indicate areas that need revising.

    Once you have made your revisions, repeat the process above. Good papers often require many drafts.
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    And here are a couple of really good websites that will help, too.

    http://blog.eduify.com/index.php/2009/10/28/editing-secrets-everyone-should-know/

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    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/proofing.htm

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  2. If you have the paper on a computer, you can have the computer read the material to you.

    I hope this helps a little more.

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