Did you know that a good night’s sleep is the first step in getting your text review out of the way you want it to be?
No one needs to be an expert to be able to improve their own work.
Small attitudes can make your search change!
Teachers, students, and academics produce a variety of content on a daily basis, but the lack of attention can compromise from small details to the final revision of the text.
Remember that the goal is to build text that flows without gagging.
To help you, we’ve listed some amazing tips here so you can review your own text and improve the quality of your writing at the same time.
For this, we divide the article into 3 parts. In this way, you will be able to absorb, in more detail, our content.
In the first step, we will do a “Tutorial for proofreading” with important tips and essential tools to help you review your text.
In the second part, infallible guidelines – to never forget again – that will stoned your text and that we call “Questions of style”. Every day, a novelty!
And finally, our “Portuguese (gold) Tips”, which will certainly help, and much, to correct the small failures of everyday life. It is worth checking!
Tutorial for proofreading
Health is everything!
The first point for a good reading and a great revision of texts is to know how we are feeling that day.
So before you start re-reading your work or reviewing your own text, ask yourself: How am I feeling? Am I rested? Was my day good today? Is my food ok?
If your answer was “no”, at least for most of these questions, it is no use starting the text review, as it is very likely that several gaps will no longer be remedied.
You’re going to end up wasting precious time, and even then, it’s quite possible that a lot of “mistakes” will come to pass.
So how about taking care of your health first? A good meal and a good night’s sleep will make your mind rest (and your text too)!
Spell checkers are great allies!
To avoid those “silly” mistakes, nothing like the good old spell-checker!
We list here some very functional in the day to day and that can help you find from the simplest mistakes to those that end up passing by our eyes.
The “famous” Microsoft Word is essential for producing texts in any area. In addition to several functions to edit texts, it is very efficient to correct spelling mistakes. It is not free, but can be installed together with Windows.
Libre Office Writer is an efficient spell-checker that will help you with documents of any nature, from theses to diagrams.
Reverse as well as great broker, also serves as a translator or dictionary.
Flip 9 is a simple but efficient tool. It is free even if only in a more limited way. The paid version releases full access to your resources.
The Language Tool supports more than 20 languages, so it is perfect for students. Of course any spelling and grammar errors are already included in the package and the best: it’s free!
Dictionaries: much more than a compilation of words!
The internet today offers amazing free dictionaries! They serve both for quick reference, to avoid a language addiction, and to check the correct spelling of the language. Let’s go to them:
Priberam Dictionary of the Portuguese Language: contains synonyms and antonyms and allows verbal conjugation.
Synonym dictionary: very useful to look up words or expressions and avoid the language vices of the text.
Creative Dictionary: great help for definition of words, brings synonyms, related words, as well as expressions of each word.
Dictionary Caldas Aulete: user friendly dictionary, very interesting for searches. Within it, you find a basic grammar for quick but very efficient searches and an Analog Dictionary, a new tool with similar terms or similar ideas in a concept map format.
Cohesion X Coherence
You must have listened several times to the terms cohesion and coherence, have not you?
But in practice, what is the difference between them?
Find out how these two terms can help you when reviewing your text.
Briefly, let’s put a description for you to never forget!
It is the meaning of each of the sentences within a paragraph.
It is the “stitching” of the text. It is important to maintain the reasoning and the connectives for sentences to make sense and to establish the connection and the resumption between what was said, what is being said and what is going to be said.
When cohesion is well done, the text flows, and the reader does not need to come back to understand the message.
It is the meaning of the text as a whole, forming a chain of ideas.
It is the logical interweaving between parts of the text.
It refers to the nexus of ideas and events that must be clearly stated. The text must present a logical and harmonic relationship.
Read your text carefully and review: Are the sentences related? Is the text flowing? Is there a logical sequence? Is any part loose or meaningless?
Friends are always welcome!
A friend or family member can (and should!) Read your text and point out the key issues that can be improved or improved.
Do not underestimate the opinion of others! Learn to listen and get feedback to enrich your work.
If you prefer a professional quality review, there are excellent specialized reviewers who can assist you in this fundamental step.
Now, if you are very thorough, your text can also go through the 2 review steps: first by a friend and then by a reviewer.
Surely your work will be flawless!
As we discussed earlier, this part is dedicated to maintaining an identity of your text, thus refining it with valuable suggestions!
Surely the information here will also be of great benefit to the revision of your text.
Above and below?
Especially in scholarly works, the suggestion is to avoid these terms in some moments.
Imagine that you place a table or table in your work, and then you mention it in your text. However, for the sake of formatting, it is on the previous page.
That way, the text that talks about the table is on one page and the table on another. The text ended up as follows: “According to the table above …”.
But above where is the table on the previous page? The same occurs when you are “down”.
To avoid this type of misunderstanding, use other terms such as: previously, previously, next, etc.
Our vocabulary is very rich and extensive, is not it?
So, do not forget and replace:
Up by “previous”
Below by “following”
Your text thanks!
Today we will approach the good old Italic! Do I put it or not? Does it also serve to highlight words? Continue reading and get out all your questions!
Italic is only used for foreign words that are not incorporated into Portuguese in its original form and also for those that need to be translated or explained.
Examples: Cluster, spread, subprime.
In words of foreign origin routinely used and perfectly understood by those who use the Portuguese language, it is not necessary to use italics.
Examples: mouse, online, software, hardware, smartphone, website, chat, email, internet, design, marketing, shopping center.
Nor should italics be used in names of foreign institutions and in proper names.
Examples: Open University, George Clooney.
See how easy it is?