Salam my brothers and sister.
Hope all of you are doing well!
Do you have your first draft of your thesis? Your first draft should contain one complete story of your research work. Make sure your first draft complete with a table of figures, list of figures, list of abbreviations, reference list, appendix, not sloppy, free from error.
You should have at least three complete draft with your supervisor before your final submission. Before you submit to your supervisor, make sure it's been proofread. Proofreading means examining your text carefully to find and correct typographical mistakes and errors in grammar, style, and spelling.
And, before you sent to proof reader, make sure you do your own proof reading at least 3 times! Then, get your spouse, colleagues to read your thesis. The importance of proofreading cannot be neglected because it is not produced overnight! When we proofread our own work, we only see what we want to see rather than what we have actually written. That is why we should also get help from our spouse or friends to read our thesis to identify any typo or error in the thesis.
When you proofread, you can too do ‘tagging’ in your thesis with colorful post it flags. Post-it® Flags are the perfect tool to help you get organized and understand what you written in your thesis. You may use different color of flags for your chapters, figures, tables and typos. In fact, these actually help you to memorize and more understand what you have written in your thesis.
Here are some tips for self proof reading:
P/S: The toughest thing to edit is our academic writing style. If in doubt, keep your sentences as short as possible. This will generally make them clearer. Consult your professional proof reader with your problem. Forewarn them not to change the terminology used in your research. I spent a lot of money for proof reading as my supervisor is a very particular person. My supervisor will not read whatever chapter or draft that I submit if it is sloppy work or got an error. J
All the best guys!
Nor Aida Abdul Rahman (NAAR)
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