I don’t know about you, but in high school I never really learned how to revise a paper. We always did timed writings. I became accustomed to writing down all my thoughts in a somewhat organized fashion, never really thinking about the flow. Because of this, I had a steep learning curve when I came to college and was required to actually work months, not just 45 minutes, on a paper. This post is a compilation of a ton of information that I’ve received from my English professors since being in college!
There is a big difference between revising and proofreading. Proofreading is a final check of your writing. During this time you can look for misspelled words, grammatical errors, and any other general errors. Revising is basically reworking your piece of writing. This means reconstructing your sentences and paragraphs, clarifying your claim, and making sure your argument and supporting paragraphs/sentences are clear. This is where I struggled. I was so used to proofreading and not actually revising.