Writing in UniversityUniversity Writing
University Writing in English
We will concentrate on text revision and proof-reading in this section. From our previous discussions about the writing processes in Session 1, we have seen that many seasoned authors see revision and revision as important parts of the writing itself and plan to rework and modify practically everything they do.
Rather than just fixing errors in a text, revision and processing are ways for authors to assess their own idea, create and test new idea during the writing and refine the entire argument and representation. Though reworking and working is part of the creation lifecycle, we suggest you store it until you have a text - a section, subsection or sub-section - that you consider comprehensive, as the idea you are discussing and the organisation into an introductory part and body part (for sections) or a theme set with subsequent evolution (for sections) are relatively robust.
This way you won't waste your precious free moments fixing errors in a text that doesn't seem to be appropriate or serves a specific function and is therefore likely to be erased later. You should also be aware of how important the relevant section will be for the entire article before you begin to revise and edit a part.
In case the section contains suggestions that are directly applicable to your research questions and diploma theses, you should take enough free space to rework the text and rewrite it several beats. Paragraphs that contain only additional information that is not directly related to your dissertation require less distraction and attentiveness, and in some cases you may just need to quickly proofread such paragraphs.
There are three sections in this course, all of which concentrate on topics to consider when revising, working on and proofreading your text. In the first lecture, "The need to review and work on your own text", you will be introduced to topics that need both major and minor work.
This is followed by the "Revising and Adapting for the Language" unit, which concentrates on topics that influence the writing styles and tones. In the third lecture, "Some hints and hints on frequent mistakes", you will get hands-on advices on topics that are often difficult for authors.