How do you use 添削 and 訂正 properly?

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Jun 20, 2013 18:57 question answer 質問 答え correction 訂正 添削
Hi everyone, today I spotted an interesting question on Japanese words when I am reading Lang-8 members' entries.
Here is the one someone learning Japanese posted:

>>>What is the difference between 添削 and 訂正, do they both mean correction?

I tried to answer the question as follows:
Let me write about the differences between 添削 and 訂正 as far as I know. ^^
I think you can say that 添削 is the word especially for someone like teachers or correctors who correct things like compositions, reports, poems and answer papers, while 訂正 covers a whole range of revision, improvement and modification, including the means of 添削 which is defined as "correction" by online dictionary.

Having said that, I can't say we always use both words for specific different purposes. ^^
And what's more for further reference, according to the online dictionary, both are defined in English as follows:
添削 - castigation, correction, touching up
訂正 - amendment, correction, rectification, revision

I hope this could be of some help.

Thank you for reading!