Have you ever read an assignment that is good, but filled with grammar and spelling mistakes? Lots of errors make reading difficulty to digest. Due to the use of slang, abbreviations, and lack of punctuation in texting and social media, grammar has taken a hit. The following tips may also help you spot specific (and common) grammar mistakes that every writer should be aware of. Always read your work aloud to help catch your mistakes and avoid over-relying on spell-check.
The number one mistake students make is not allowing enough time to read through and correct errors in written work.
Using “big words” does not necessarily make it a more scholarly paper. If you need to add words to make the paper long enough, that’s a sign that more content is needed.
Sometimes hearing the words can help with identifying errors. After a while, it’s hard to see mistakes because the words are so familiar. If it sounds awkward when read aloud, it probably needs to be re-worded.
Writing Centre staff are able to advise on most aspects of grammar, style and APA documentation. Faculty and peer tutors are available during each shift for 30 minute sessions. You can book a 30 minute appointment online or drop-in.
*Online or phone appointments are available for students who live far from campus, or attend a campus with no Writing Centre.
It may be necessary to check with the course instructor when unsure of the requirements for the assignment. Use the instructions, or a rubric if provided, to ensure you have completed and included all of the necessary components.
Make your best effort to edit your paper, then visit the Writing Centre for help!