You need to understand that proofreading is not a simple activity. There are a number of students who think that all the hard work goes in to the preparation and the writing of their essay and the proofreading is something you tack on the end. If you take that attitude then chances are your dissertation will suffer as a consequence.
There are people who have a full-time occupation as a proofreader. That's how important it is and that's how tricky proofreading major works such as a dissertation can be. So right from the beginning please understand that proofreading is important, must be treated seriously and is not a simple and easy to achieve task.
There are tips in making sure that your proofreading is working well and as a consequence it turns your college dissertation into a quality piece of work.
Yes you are writing your dissertation and yes you have to do your own proofreading. But once you've done it, don't think that that is the only way to tackle the topic. Can you get a friend or family member or a fellow student to read through your dissertation simply to look for mistakes? A better deal for you would be if they could also find passages of vague writing or repetition.
Once you finish writing your dissertation, don't immediately start to proofread. Put the document away for two or three days so that you come back to it with fresh eyes. And while many people proofread by running their finger along the line or holding a rule under a line, it's generally agreed that reading aloud is good for proofreading from a number of points of view.
Publishers will employ editors and proof-readers and one tactic they use is called line editing. This is where they simply study the text a line at a time -- literally so. You might think this is going to an extreme length but if you want to make sure that your dissertation stands out, then attention to detail is what it's all about.
And finally don't try and do all your editing and proofreading in the one-hit. Have a session where all you do is look for spelling and grammar mistakes. Then have a separate session where you look for things like vague writing, repetition and straying from the subject.
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