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Online Writing Lab

Revision Checklist

When revising an essay, it is important to understand what types of problems need to be focused on. Some essays may have a variety of problems, but not all of the problems that occur are of equal value. For example, the lack of a clear thesis statement is a significant problem that often leads to other problems in the essay, while one simple grammatical mistake does not necessarily create further problems. 

Given this fact, it is important to focus on the most important elements when performing revision. Also, keep in mind that addressing the most important problems will often solve some of the more minor problems. Furthermore, it is possible to address more than one problem at the same time. For example, when evaluating a body paragraph for full development, the writer may spot a few minor grammar errors that can be fixed at that time as well.

Here is a quick list of the most important elements in most essays:   

This list can be used as a basic checklist for most essays.