But also, towards the end, go through the appendices and the reference list.Make, for example, sure that all references are typeset consistently.
I spent two and a half full days on the proofreading of my thesis.
Spend most of the time and energy on proofreading the bulk of the thesis.
However, before reading the almost-done thesis to remove typos and change phrasing for clarity, you should take time to read (most of) the thesis to ensure coherence in the presentation.
Since you have spent several months writing the thesis, it is very likely that there are repetitions and internal inconsistencies – which this pre-proofreading should resolve.
In retrospect, I feel that the longer time I spent on the first couple of chapters was a good investment.
It did leave me less time for the final chapters, but also with a clearer idea of how I wanted to structure and approach each chapter, which the final phase of the writing, with less time per chapter, definitely benefited from.
In the end, I am happy I decided to write them anyway, as they are important parts of the work I have been doing during my Ph. project – even though the research was still in progress at the time of submitting my thesis.
As mentioned in the first post of this series, there is no reason to fiddle too much with the thesis layout before you have actually started to write and produced some words for the layout.
As the submission deadline approaches, I bet you will feel pretty fed up working on your thesis.
Yet it might be tempting to spend “just a bit more time” on this section or that chapter to polish the arguments and presentation. Instead make sure to finish the chapters you set out to write – and proofread these properly – as well as you can. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that the thesis will be perfect if you spend “just a bit more time”.