Have an important paper coming up? Don’t let all of your hard work go to waste! Avoid these common mistakes and you’ll be on your way to an A.
Mistake #1: Not proofreading. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to hand a paper in before reading it over. Once you finish, take a break for awhile and then come back to it. Check your spelling, punctuation, and the overall flow of the paper.
Mistake #2: Ignoring the directions. Pay attention to what is included in the instructions. If a professor puts something in the directions, make sure you do it or you’ll lose points.
Mistake #3: Formatting incorrectly. This mistake goes hand in hand with Mistake #2. In addition to making sure your written content is solid, check your formatting. This goes for margin alignment, headers, footers, and page numbers.
Mistake #4: Skipping the citations. Remember to cite ALL of your sources and to do so using proper methods. Not including a Works Cited page or including an incorrectly-formatted version is called plagiarism. You wouldn’t want someone stealing your work, would you?
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