Does it make sense? Read it aloud or use peer review for feedback. Imagine you are reading someone else's work and ask yourself whether the ideas are convincing or the argument needs further clarification.
Organisation and structure
You need to consider whether the organisation is reader-friendly and whether the main points are clear to your reader and in a logical order. Additionally, check that the relationship between sentences and paragraphs is clearly signposted.
- Have you backed up your argument with evidence, examples, details, and/or research?
- Have you missed out anything important?
- Make sure you have acknowledged all your sources.
- Are your quotations accurate?
- Is your bibliography complete and does it meet the criteria set down by your Course?
- Are your citations complete and do they meet the system recommended by your Course?
- Re-write awkward expressions or clumsy phrases.
- Split up sentences that are too long.
- Check for relevance.
- Check for consistency.
- Eliminate repetition.
Punctuation, spelling and grammar
Use the spell-checker to check your text for spelling, grammar and punctuation, but proof-read yourself as well. Refer to UCL's grammar webpage or other language resources, such as dictionaries or grammar guides.
- The introduction introduces the main threads of your argument and defines any parameters you have set.
- The conclusion draws together the main threads of your argument and forms a judgement of some sort.
- Spelling, grammar and punctuation are correct.
- The referencing and bibliography are accurate and complete.
- You have taken account of feedback received.