Staring at a computer screen for too long re-reading familiar words over and over may seem like a good way to catch grammar and spelling errors when proofreading scholarship applications, but the mind likes to play funny tricks. This method is not a good one.
- The best way to catch mistakes is to print out each section of the application and let at least two other pairs of eyes proofread and look for mistakes.
- Another trick is to start at the end and read the applications and essays backwards and out loud.
The first 30 seconds that a scholarship judge scans each application is critical!
Mistakes that are obvious to a scholarship judge might not be caught by the tired student who has read their work one too many times. It pays to be diligent about grammar and spelling in college scholarship applying. Asking others for help is always the right choice.