When you have spent a long time working on your thesis or dissertation, you may find yourself rushing at the last minute to get it submitted, and this often means that errors are missed.
It is best to ask someone to read through your work to check that you have not made silly mistakes. After all, you want it to be the best it can be.
If you check through your own work, it is very likely that you will fail to spot your own errors: for example, you may be convinced that you have used the correct grammar or spelling because you think it is correct.
Another common problem is consistency. For example, you may have used initial capitals for certain terminology in some places and not others—this is often the case in headings too.
What about those references? You don’t want to quote a reference only to find out later that you have made a typo in the person’s name—it doesn’t look good.
Even if you are a fluent English speaker, it can be difficult to concentrate on the grammar and punctuation at the same time as thinking about the actual content of your work.
For those who are not native English speakers, it can create added stress if you are worried you may be submitting a document which doesn’t flow correctly. Inferior sentence structure is a major giveaway that a person is not a native English speaker.
Having your work checked and edited, gives you that all important feeling of confidence.