Suggestions

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Student: OK, how exactly should I do this?
Tutor: Here are some suggestions:
  • Read from a printed copy – not the computer screen.
  • Use your finger or a pencil to focus on just one sentence or phrase at a time.
  • Read fairly slowly.
  • Stop when you come to each comma or period. If it doesn’t sound right, you might want to check to make sure that the comma is in the right place.
  • Listen for the transition words that help you move from one idea to the next.
  • Some people suggest that you read your paper backwards. Start with the last sentence and keep going until you reach the beginning.