Many students tell us that they don't know what to check for once they have finished their essay. They usually know to check for grammar, punctuation, and spelling, but other details are often seen as less important because of the high emphasis placed on these problems in their early education. Writing experts generally agree, however, that while details such as grammar and punctuation are important, they are far less important than solid organization, fresh writing, and creative content. The following guidelines are designed to give students a checklist to use, whether they are revising individually or as part of a peer review team. Organization
As a graphic designer, you'll find that your main involvement in proofreading will be in interpreting and implementing, rather than actually proofreading documents. In order to learn the art of proofreading, years ago, I underwent a proofreading correspondence course which helped me get off on the right foot. That won't be necessary if you are just interpreting. You just need to understand how the system works, and what the universal proofreading symbols actually mean. Having a handy proofreading marks chart in front of you will aid the process!