Great Revision Tips

The process of revising the papers they have just written can often be a lonely one for many writers. However, it need not be so. The following are some tips to help with revision: 

  • It is worth remembering that the writing process is one that usually requires numerous drafts, a lot of perseverance, and endless patience.
  • Yet, the more revision one does, the clearer, more accurate, and fluid your text should become. Try to remain detached from what you have written so that you have an open mind towards changes.
  • Revision is a good way of helping you to think through your topic a little more, to make everything clear in your mind, and to correct errors. The revision process makes the writer dig down deep and draw out their best thoughts and ideas.
  • Bear in mind that revision commentary from an examining committee can vary depending on the views and styles of the different members.
  • It is a good idea to save each new draft as a separate document or print it out on a different paper color as a way of keeping track of each version.
  • It is recommended you leave editing and word changes until the end. Begin by focusing on the organization and clarity of your text. You need plenty stamina for revision, and even though the task might bore or tire you out, keep reminding yourself that each step is just part of the process.
  • When your revision is complete and you are ready to submit your final draft, think about attaching a cover letter. You could use this to refer back to the comments the reader(s) previously provided and to show the revisions you have made.     

Identify resources for writing and revisions:

  • Your tutor and members of an examining committee: Get clarification from these people about what they require from revisions and which points they want to see amended in your next draft;
  • Your school or college’s writing center: These centers usually provide external resources to help with revision tasks.
  • School or college writing committees or groups: Join in any writing or editing groups that currently exist or set up a group of your own.
  • A peer or fellow student: Swap work with fellow students with a view to providing feedback to each other as you go along.