Some people believe proofreading is easy, but our proofreading course learners will tell you it is actually very difficult.
This is because the human brain is wired to tell you what you think you see when you are checking a document.
It can also help you read words without having to take a second glance.
For example, see if you can read this:
I cnduo’t bvleiee taht I culod aulaclty uesdtannrd waht I was rdnaieg. Unisg the icndeblire pweor of the hmuan mnid, aocdcrnig to rseecrah at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mttaer in waht oderr the lterets in a wrod are, the olny irpoamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rhgit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whoutit a pboerlm. Tihs is bucseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey ltteer by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Aaznmig, huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghhuot slelinpg was ipmorantt!
If you can then you will know that it says:
I couldn’t believe that I could actually understand what I was reading. Using the incredible power of the human mind, according to research at Cambridge University, it doesn’t matter in what order the letters in a word are, the only important thing is that the first and last letter be in the right place. The rest can be a total mess and you can still read them without a problem. This is because the human mind does not read every letter by itself, but the word as a whole.
There are many problems with this paragraph – it definitely wasn’t proofread or edited.
Our proofreading and editing course will help you see beyond the sentence. It will make you see each letter in each word, that way you can be accurate.
Our course also goes above and beyond with one-to-one support from an expert tutor.
See our proofreading course