Questions to ask when editing

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This is one of a series of lists of questions, published in association with the Study Guide Writing essays.

These are suggested questions to ask as you review and revise your essay. They can be asked in any order.

  • Are my paragraphs too long or too short?
  • Are my sentences clearly structured and varied in length?
  • Have I checked the spelling?
  • Have I checked the grammar?
  • Are there page numbers, if needed?
  • If there are headings and sub-headings, are these consistently used?
  • Have I kept to the word limit?
  • Have I used an 'academic style' appropriate for my subject/the topic at hand
  • Have I made helpful links between sections?

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