Proofreading and editing is a must for producing great copy and can’t be underestimated. This is why our proofreading course is so popular.
Accurate written work is vital and our online proofreading course will see you on your way.
Here are a few tips that will really make a difference.
Your email may not be your proofreading work. If you are looking for proofreading work though, any typos or other errors will cast doubt on the quality of your work. If the email is accompanying proofreading work, the errors will cast doubt on the attached work.
Good proofreading borders on the obsessive. Catching those last errors requires attention to detail. Proofread everything at least two or three times.
If you keep reading the same writing over and over, catching mistakes becomes more difficult. We suggest that you spread out your three proofreadings over time.
For simple text, this doesn’t have to be on different days. For longer and more complicated documents though, each reading should be on a separate day.
Fresh and alert
We work best when we are fresh and alert. Proofreading is complicated because we read for meaning, not for errors. Be sure that you are fresh and alert when you do your final proofreading.
Use your spellchecker, but don’t rely on it!
When in doubt
With the Internet just a few keystrokes away, the answers to most of our questions are just as close.
If you don’t know something, research it. Check dictionaries and other references. Check search engines to see what standard usage is.
Taking a break
We don’t work in an ideal world; sometimes we have to work when we are tired.
Take breaks; refresh yourself. A tired proofreader is a poor proofreader.
See our proofreading course