Proofreading Tips & Tricks

Proofreader’s marks can seems like a foreign language to another person. Unless you know what the marks mean, using them to improve your writing is out of the question. Get the most out of a proofreader’s feedback with the following tips and tricks.

What are proofreading symbols?

Proofreaders’ marks are a series of lines, letters, and symbols used to point out grammatical, structural, and punctuation errors on a printed version of your essay, paper, story, etc. The marks help to improve your writing ability by highlighting mistakes and offering instruction on revisions.

Reciprocal proofreading

Let’s be honest, proofreading shouldn’t be a one-way street. There’s a good chance the person you ask for proofreading help is in a situation similar to yours. Chances are your reviewer will more thoroughly edit your paper because you are returning the favor. Proofreading will offer insight on how others structure sentences and highlight main points. You’ll be introduced to different vocabulary and, in the end, learn more!

Tools of the trade

Traditionally, proofreaders use red pens to edit. There is no defined rule, as long as the pen marks are clearly visible. Still, colors that provide high contrast tend to work best. Featuring a pair of different tip sizes and 14 colors, the vibrant and vivid Paper Mate®InkJoy® Gel Pens glide in and out of revisions with ease.