Proofreading services for non-native speakers

Obtaining a MA or a PhD degree is the dream of many a thousand of non-native English speaker students.

The majority of foreign students face a key challenge: how to illustrate and explain all the research work undertaken in a thesis or dissertation in a readable and well-structured format. After all, a certain number of marks are allocated to the standard of English and clarity of academic writing.

The good news is that there is help out there.

I am not good at English and worry my paper will be marked down

If your English language is not good enough, rest assured you are not alone. Thousands of students who are keen to undertake a doctoral or Master's thesis complain that their English is substandard.

How can we help?

Grammar, punctuation and spelling in your academic paper must be corrected. Using incorrect grammar or leaving typos in your dissertation or thesis will inevitably harm your overall grade, because such mistakes can change the meaning of a sentence, which can even lead to you destroying your own arguments.

But this the reason why we offer targeted academic proofreading services. Our thorough editors will correct every single error related to grammar, punctuation or spelling in your thesis or dissertation.

Grammar, spelling and punctuation are not my only problem

A good dissertation will be properly organised, clearly and formally written, and thoroughly checked. Wordy language or unnecessary repetition is a bad practice in academic writing - which is not very often spotted by the doctoral or Master's students themselves.

What do we do?

A good editor will notice if an argument is not made clearly, or if there is unnecessary repetitive material in the text. Sometimes, a thesis can be improved by changing sentence structure or replacing ‘conversational words’ by more academic words. This makes the thesis appear more professional. The English language is rich with words that have similar or even the same meanings, and there are often many ways of conveying the same thought, but usually one of these ways is better than all the others. Experienced editors are aware of this and can find the best way of expressing your argument.

I am not confident that I have followed the required referencing style

The correct way of including citations can be complicated; in fact, there are many accepted formats for citation. It is certainly vital that the candidate chooses one citation method and keeps to it throughout the document - as advised by the supervisor. It can be Harvard, APA, Chicago, or others.

What do we fix?

Our professional editors will correct any mistakes in citation formats, and also if quotation marks have been incorrectly used. At the very least, it is a matter of common courtesy to acknowledge your sources and where it is obvious you have not done this, the editor will draw your attention to it. An example for this is text such as ‘Certain scholars contend that….’ or ‘According to a well-known researcher….’.

I am worried about plagiarism in my dissertation/thesis

While writing your thesis or dissertation you will have copied and pasted from other sources of literature - especially in the literature review section.

This involves a risk: plagiarism – which is a serious academic offence.

But fear not! Our experienced rewriters and paraphrasers will reword any parts you have taken from other studies – professionally and manually.

Advice

With regard to a thesis written in English, it is advisable for a native English speaker to get it proofread/edited, but is indeed essential for a non-native English speaker to get the thesis professionally proofread/edited. Therefore, don't leave it to chance with a project as important as your post-graduate thesis, employ a professional proofreader/editor. 

The Ultimate Proofreader provides unique proofreading services UK-based, specialising in thesis/dissertation proofreading services.