Deadlines galore appear on my calendar for tomorrow. Many more loom throughout this month. Here are the tips that will help you proof your application essays. So whether you are submitting an application tomorrow to HBS, Wharton, Fuqua, Ross, or Darden or later this month to any program at any school, follow these best practices to perfect your prose:
- Give yourself a break. Put the application away for a day, overnight, several hours, or at least a bathroom break. (More is better, but don’t miss the deadline.) You need distance in order to read it with a fresh eye.
- Print out the essay or any document that you want to proof. For some reason, changing the medium also helps to restore your critical perspective.
- Read the essays out loud. E-nun-ciating. Reading aloud will automatically slow you down and prevent you from skimming. Additionally, your ear will catch awkward sentences and errors that your eye alone may miss.