Why Revise?

We often hope to research and compose our essays from beginning to end without making any revisions. But this hope overlooks the fact that writing about a topic is also a way of learning about it. Writers deepen their understanding of their topic as they write and rewrite.

Reviewing and revising your work will help you to:


“re-see” your topic and what you have said about it

see new points to make, find better explanations of your ideas, and make interesting new connections among those ideas

improve your understanding of your topic and the quality of your essay


This module on making revisions is closely related to the following modules:


Writing Strategies which deals with strategies for drafting


Essay Editing which deals with strategies for editing


Revising, drafting, and editing are closely related processes. In fact, most writers do not readily distinguish the three as they work. They do not simply draft once, revise once, and edit once in that order. They are likely to move back and forth among these processes effortlessly and frequently. This module will help you develop efficient and productive strategies for revising your work, wherever you may be in the writing process.