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Proofreading tips: Survival strategies

Rules of conduct in the proofreading process

The promotion is a lengthy and arduous process. Anyone who does not adhere to certain conventions and unwritten rules gets quickly difficulties. This is certainly not just for a doctorate, but also for working in a “normal” employee. Below I have put together three tips one the dissertation process. I can report from personal experience that facilitate these three points to work with bosses, colleagues and businesses.

Always show willingness to cooperate with superiors

Although it is a relatively simple tip that I have in my three years of PhD studies repeatedly observed how not hold colleagues to this golden rule and run it repeatedly against the wall. Many students find it difficult to their high dependency, especially from professors to accept. The worst thing that can happen is to get through open resistance from grace. If you do not have the full support of the professors, the dissertation process can take longer according to my observation at least 6 months or fails in the worst case

Follow conventions

Graduate students together. Even though this is in reality is not always the case, develop at each chair unwritten rules that must be followed by everyone. This is not the case, we run the risk to be demarcated and get on the social side-lines. These unwritten rules can be, for example, times when you have to be in the office. Who is leaving the office early, with many colleagues from below?

Another proofreading rule states that are not in front of customers or colleagues, professors each other in the back. One of the main reasons for doctoral studies is a possible extension of the promotional period. Which professor loses likes his best horse in the stable? Although it might be difficult for many to do proofreading, not always to do their best, my advice is always higher jump over the bar. These high-performance athletes do eventually improve their world records as well. Everything else is a waste of resources.

Conclusion: For each department are different unwritten rules. Those who initially holds back a little and tried only to learn his new surroundings and colleagues know better will quickly see what he can do and what he can be better.

Dissertation Writing: Title Type and Size

Longer texts on paper are read better with serifs Times, Times New Roman, etc., and sans-serif fonts can be used for titles (but need not). In any case, various font styles and sizes cannot be mixed. The font size for the text run select best 12 points. Awards you wish to use as I said, sparse, italics for examples, simple quotation marks for important information, double quotation marks for quotes.

If you need a phonetic script, I recommend reading the writings of the SIL. The freely available Unicode font with serifs, DoulosSIL is suitable for most operating systems and dissertation writing programs. For a percentage of the spacing distance is something bigger that you can leave it or if it will look nicer, enter a fixed line spacing of 18 p in the default template.

Line spacing, margins

Your text must be corrected, but it needs space, specifically. Between the lines and also on the edge Therefore, use one 1/2-zeiligen distance or fixed line spacing of 18 p and an edge on the right side, which leaves room for notes, so 3-4 inches, which is unusual, but practical.


Chapters are numbered in the decimal. Each table, each graphic is numbered and labelled so that it can be referenced in the text. The pages of the text, beginning with the introduction, numbered.


Headings can be awarded with a different font and / or bold. A headline closes without punctuation. Except for a question with a question mark.


The bibliography lists all the literature used. It is the list in alphabetical order by author. Only with many primary texts (e.g. work in linguistic history or empirical linguistic work to literary or journalistic texts) these are listed separately. If an author / an author published several texts, these are listed in chronological order. With several publications in the same year is in alphabetical order and a small Latin letter appended to the year (this must be considered also cite in the text).

A method that helps students to write better essays

For most students, it is the naked horror, when they have to write an essay. You are blocked like, or do not know at what point we should begin. Apart from the content, there are still those annoying inventions such as Spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. Essays have a soothing, almost “therapeutic” purpose. The author processed in his essay experiences and feelings, be it joy, fear or sadness, excitement, anger or disappointment.

The reader gathers again when reading text, new experiences, and experiences with the emotions and learns unconsciously added new. It does not particularly matter if the essay help is a true experience report or a fictional short story. Always it is about the communication of experiences, thoughts and feelings – and ultimately a question of memories to hold and save it were in writing.Before you start to write, you should know that is at least roughly, what it should be about the topic of the essay. For more detailed information follow this link.

Where does my story? How and why this happens, what is described? When all this happens? – And, most importantly: Who are the main characters? Especially the one should very well “know”. Your appearance we have to be as well-known as their likes and dislikes, their special skills and their weaknesses to speak, her way, etc. So that the reader can follow my essay well, I have to describe everything that is not known.

I always have to put yourself in the role of the reader. My sentences are too long. You know at the end cannot remember how the sentence started? Then I prefer from a long box set of two or three shorter ones. The reader should not have to read each sentence three times before he understands what I want to say to him. In the introduction, I will describe the best people in the paper plays an important role.

In addition, the initiation of curiosity in the subject of the essay. In addition, there you can describe where the story takes place and at what time. In the conclusion, finally, the problem is solved, and the secret will be revealed.