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Revise: How can I find out if my paper makes sense?

Peer Review: Getting Other Opinions - This step is about understanding if readers get the meaning you intended from your text. Every writer needs to hear feedback from readers because it is natural that different readers have different ways of understanding your text.

Editing - This step is often mistaken for merely a grammar and spell check. While grammar and spelling are important, most of the time readers can understand misspellings, typos, and grammar flubs, but what readers have trouble with is understanding your train of thought. Like the advice in the previous step, it is important to check your organization and transitions to make sure that your readers will understand the text the same way you do. At this stage, you may also want to double check the type of citation style (MLA, APA, etc.) your text requires and make sure it meets the specifications.

Reflect: Thinking about Your Process - This step allows you to get ready for your next writing task by reflecting on the process you went through to create this text. A writer's learning is always cumulative, meaning that each time you write, you learn new things and remember old habits that you want to break. It's important to take time to specifically reflect, so that next time you can write even more effectively--and this often has the added bonus of helping you speed up the writing of your next assignment!