How to Become a Better Proofreader

Posted by Chris Stewart on September 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

how to become a better proofreader

Here is a simple test to help you learn how to become a better proofreader:

Finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of years.

What is the total number of Fs in that sentence?

Before I give the answer, please read the following paragraph.

Papehrs you hvae seen tihs in an emial anolg the wya, but it is poorf of how your bairn can ‘ees’ wdors taht are not rllaey wsodr.  Tihs is an itrnaompt ccpenot to udrteannsd wehn it cemos to pieodoafrnrg dncotemus.

Ha ha ha… Spell check anyone?

Studies have shown that the brain does not focus on individual letters but, rather, the whole word.  This has its advantages and disadvantages.  An advantage might be that you can read through material fairly quickly and have at least some understanding of what you are reading.

A disadvantage is that you can miss things when you are proofreading.

Most people can read most words (except very long words) mainly through the first and last letters and recognizing the shape and content of the full word.  It is for this reason that we can read the misspelled words in that earlier paragraph with no trouble.

When you are proofreading, to be affective, you have to try to retrain your brain to see individual letters and not just the words.  This takes some extra concentration at first but as with anything, the more you do it, the easier it will become.

The total number of Fs in that sentence.

6.  Did you get them all?  <–Highlight this line to see the answer.

Susan Cunningham
Instructor