Final Draft Tips

The final draft of a paper refers to a piece of writing that is handed in as the final form of a paper. As the final piece of writing, the final draft should present one’s best work. This paper provides some tips to help write an outstanding final draft.

Introduction: This is the opening section of a paper. It introduces the reader to what will be discussed in the paper, hence serves as some type of brief summary of the paper. The introduction prepares the reader for all that is to be relayed in the rest of the paper.

Thesis: A good paper should clearly state the thesis, preferably within the first paragraph, usually towards the end. The thesis provides rationale for writing the paper, hence must be stated concisely. It should relay all the main ideas to be discussed in the paper.

Paragraphs: It is best to structure paragraphs such that each paragraph represents an idea. This way, the reader can easily follow through on the ideas presented in the paper. Presenting several ideas in a single paragraph is discouraged.

Spelling and Grammar Check: Conducting a spellcheck helps to identify words that are misspelled, typos, and repetitions. Checking of punctuation can also be done concurrently. The spelling and grammar check help to clean up the paper, leaving it looking professional.

Formatting: Once the content of the paper has been reviewed and verified, it is a good idea to check the formatting. This relates to structural aspects such as title, text style, in-text citations, and reference list.

Read Aloud: As a final step, it is best to read the paper out loud, as this allows for quick identification of weak areas in writing.  Reading out loud also helps to verify that the flow of writing is agreeable.