You will probably make your most extensive revisions as you read your first draft. Here are a few suggestions that can help you in reviewing the first draft. If possible, allow some time between writing the first draft and reviewing it, so you can look at your first draft with fresh eyes. Try reading your paper aloud to yourself. Sometimes your ear catches problems and errors your eye misses. Ask someone you trust to read your draft and offer suggestions. And remember: You are looking for an honest, objective opinion, not praise. Evaluate your reader's suggestions carefully, and decide for yourself whether or not to act on them. Remember that nothing is unchangeable. Until preparation of your final draft, you can change your paper's thesis, organization, emphasis, tone, and so on. A review of your first draft should not be limited to minor mechanical errors. Use a revision checklist to make sure you've reviewed your draft thoroughly (see "Checklists for Improving Your First Draft").