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Studying at the University of Lincoln? We can help you achieve your potential by improving your writing skills.

proof-reading your own work


Learning how to proof-read your own work is a very useful skill. This guide has individual pages giving advice on grammar, punctuation and spelling. 

We can't proof-read your work for you!



How to proof-read

  1. Allow plenty of time for proof reading - it takes longer than you think!
  2. Print your work out, with double spaces between the lines.
  3. Read it out loud or use the "Read & Write 10 Gold" software to read it you.
  4. Correct your mistakes on the paper as you listen.
  5. Make your corrections on the computer.
  6. If you can, find another student you can swap your proof-reading with.




Text to speech software for proofreading: Read&Write 10 GOLD

Text to speech software can make proof-reading a lot easier.

You can add the Speak (text-to-speech) command to your Quick Access Toolbar by doing the following in Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneNote:

For instance, if you have MS Word open follow this simple steps....

  • At the top left of your screen next to the Quick Access Toolbar (to the right of refresh icon), click Customize Quick Access Toolbar (downward arrow icon)
  • Quick Access Toolbar Speak command
  • Select More Commands.
  • In the Choose commands from list, select All Commands.
  • Scroll down to the Speak command, select it, and then click Add.
  • Click OK.
  • Highlight your text 
  • Select the Speak icon (a speech bubble)
  • Play. Your text will be read aloud.