After you have organized your thoughts, begin writing your essay. Be sure to save the last four or five minutes to proofread, correcting spelling and grammar.
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Here are some of the most common proofreader's marks I find myself using in papers. Since I try to save time grading by using abbreviations and standard symbols, I have listed them by the abbreviation I use, then by the meaning of the abbreviation or symbol. Finally, I have provided a brief explanation for each term. You should consult a grammar handbook to find out how to correct these problems in your writing if you are unsure what you need to do. The Little Brown Handbook is standard in MUW composition classes, so hopefully you still have yours. Most of the symbols I use are based on the ones listed in TLBH, though I have added a few abbreviations for common problems students have with their arguments, as opposed to purely grammatical problems.