Step 10: Edit and Proofread

You are almost done! With Step 10, you are looking for proofreading support, plus very minor editing. You should feel confident about the topic you have chosen, and the essay’s theme should be clear from start to finish. It’s time to make sure that your grammar and spelling are flawless, and that your essay really shines. But be careful – Don’t let anyone rewrite your essay. This is your work, and it should represent you at your best.

There is no video or Try It activity for this step. Your coach will provide feedback directly on your essay draft.

By the time you reach this step, you are probably eager to be done. But be careful!

You have worked too hard to risk an error. You need to edit and proofread before submitting your essay.

Editing and proofreading are different from revision. At this stage of the process, you should share your essay with someone who will look at it with a critical but respectful eye.

Your writing should be clear, with proper spelling, accurate punctuation and a healthy respect for the rules of grammar. Yes, you can occasionally start a sentence with a conjunction. And yes, you can end with a preposition, as long as you don’t do it all the time. Overall, you should demonstrate that you learned something worthwhile in English class. It’s time to make sure everything in your essay is just right.

This is not the time to rethink your essay! You should feel confident that you have made good choices throughout the steps you just completed.

Once your coach has proofread your essay, it should be ready to submit. Resist the urge to show it to multiple reviewers for their opinion and input. Everyone will have an idea for “improvement,” which is likely to confuse and frustrate you. Trust yourself, and trust the process.