Writers can save effort and time by prioritizing the major stages of revision: content, organization, style, and usage. After completing a first draft, you can use the questions below to guide the process.
Speaks to audience
Evidence & support
- Does paper meet instructor’s requirements?
- Who is the audience? Does the paper speak to the intended audience?
- Is there a clear thesis or main purpose described?
- Does the paper develop the thesis around major subtopics?
- Is each subtopic developed with evidence and support?
- Are major subtopics presented in a logical order?
- Is transitional phrasing and logical ordering used to create paragraph flow?
- Are sentences within paragraphs arranged in a logical order?
- Does the introduction engage the reader and the conclusion provide closure?
- Does tone remain consistent throughout?
- Have you smoothly incorporated paraphrase and quotation? Cited sources correctly?
- Have you varied sentence length and type?
- Are word choices appropriate? Is the writing concise?
- Have you cast most sentences in the active voice?
- Have you proofread for grammar errors such as comma splices, tense shifts, and vague pronouns?
- Have you checked apostrophes, hyphens, commas, semicolons, and colons?
- Did you run spell check and proof capitalization, abbreviations, and numbers?