Although typos are often annoying and sometimes embarrassing, they are a completely normal part of writing. In this blog we’ll try to explain why it’s so hard to see your own typographical errors and how you can mitigate the issue.
According to psychologists, the main reason you are less likely to notice your own typos is that during the process of writing your brain is occupied with the very high level task of conveying meaning. To do this, simple tasks such as typing letter combinations to make words and sentences are done on autopilot. Therefore, because your brain is preoccupied with constructing meaning and has already predicted what should be on the page, it’s much less likely to notice when what is presented differs from what’s expected. This occurs even when subsequently proofreading your own work, as once again you are focussed on the context of the text, making it difficult for your brain to register typographical errors.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
These points lead us to the important question of how we can improve our chances of finding typos. One of the best (and most obvious) ways to handle this challenge is to ask an independent person to proofread your writing. At TTP we have a policy of using two sets of eyes for all transcription work. A transcriptionist does the initial typing, and an independent proofreader with a fresh perspective is tasked with checking all transcriptions while listening to the audio recording, to ensure accuracy.
For those who don’t have the luxury of asking someone else to check their work, the next best thing is to try to trick your brain into thinking it’s reading the text for the first time. One way to do this is to come back to your writing after a few days when your brain has had the opportunity to become somewhat forgetful about the specifics of your text.
The best action you can take is to have qualified and professional services like us, The Transcription People, who can provide quality typing, including proofreading, that is fast, accurate and affordable.
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