Educational proofreading

Making proofreading educational

Proofreading is an essential part of the writing-up process of any academic manuscript - be it an essay, critique, literature review, journal article, or full dissertation/thesis.

At the end of the writing process, you - the author - will need to get your text checked for any errors, such as those related to grammar, punctuation, or spelling. You will also need to get your writing examined for more subtle and problematic issues pertaining to meaning, narrative, flow, idiomatic language, and clarity of ideas.

Proofreading is thus a job that needs to be done by a professional with the required experience.

In the academic world, authors use the help of professional proofreading and copy-editing service providers. This is an important decision because it can make or break all the hard work and effort you have put into your piece of writing.

Many writers - especially non-native English speakers - rely on those proofreading service providers to correct and improve their academic text.

When proofreading becomes educational?

As a user of those academic proofreading services, it is very important that you turn this process to your own favour by making it an educational experience and make the best possible use of it as well to your own benefit.

The question is: how?

It is the norm among companies and businesses providing English language proofreading and editing services to provide their clients with a track-changed version of the original work.

Studying the language changes introduced in the marked-up version will be extremely helpful for you to learn from your own mistakes and correct your understanding of English language usage.

Not only changes but also helpful and educational editorial comments made by the editor or proofreader of the paper will be of the greatest importance in this regard. 

Such comments can open your eyes up to certain issues in your manuscript related to the style of writing or the clarity of meaning, or indeed any other similar issues.

The whole purpose of studying the changes and editorial comments is for you to learn something for your next piece of writing. The more you do, the better you will be.

However, it MUST be emphasised that to be able to make the proofreading process an educational experience for you and really benefit from it, you need to ensure that you get your paper proofread and edited by the right editing and proofreading service provider who employ capable and qualified editors.

Easier said than done? The best thing to ensure you have made the right decision is to get a sample of your work done by the prospective proofreading service company first. Only then, you can rest assured your paper is in safe, capable hands - having checked their quality of service through the sample.

The Ultimate Proofreader Service prides itself on employing highly experienced academic editors – including former university professors and lecturers – to ensure we not only provide a standard proofreading service but indeed a very educational one to our customers.

Need help with proofreading your academic manuscript? Get in touch with us via email or WhatsApp on 00447717750188