Critically reviewing your work before submission and applying feedback given to any resubmissions and future assignments. At Northcentral University, faculty will provide you weekly feedback on your papers. This feedback should be used to incrementally improve your work as well as help you determine if additional support is needed.
At National, it is an expectation that faculty provide feedback to ensure students clearly know what they need to do to achieve the required learning outcomes. Likewise, it is expected of the student to review and apply faculty feedback into any resubmissions and future assignments. Graduate level writing involves an iterative process that involves prewriting, writing, submitting, receiving feedback, and revising and editing by using that feedback. The graph below shows that students should think of the writing process as a continuous cycle.
Grammarly, the automated grammar checker, is one resource offered through Northcentral University to assist with self-editing and proofreading. Grammarly develops essential writing skills by helping students revise their papers and providing automated instructional feedback. Grammarly extensions can be downloaded for word, email, and internet browsers to assist with writing in a variety of situations.
Create a Grammarly account through the Academic Success Center so you have access to the benefits of having a premium account.
Editing is something that can be done as soon as you finish your first draft and should be done several times as you polish your paper. Editing consists of rereading your draft to see if the paper has strong transitions, is well-organized, and has evidence that backs up your argument. Here are some areas to focus on during editing: overall structure, structure within paragraphs, clarity, writing style, and APA style. Proofreading is the final stage of the editing process that focuses on finding surface errors such as misspellings and grammar mistakes. Proofreading should be done after all other editing is complete.
At National, students are expected to turn in work that has a scholarly tone, is well-organized, uses clear and concise sentences, and has scholarly research properly cited and synthesized into the document. Learning about editing and finding a process that works for you will help you edit all papers to ensure they meet scholarly writing expectations. Likewise, students are expected to submit polished work that has been reviewed for spelling, grammar, APA Style, and sentence structure issues, which falls under proofreading. It is important to know that faculty members and academic coaches will not proofread or edit for you. Therefore, learning these skills will assist you in developing polished work. Remember the graph above on the writing process? This module focuses on the editing component of the graph, which also comprises proofreading.
Now that you have signed up for Grammarly, it is time to try out the resource.