Education

Proofreading Services for Academics

Prior to submitting your academic work, it is always a good idea to set aside enough time to read through your writing thoroughly and make absolutely sure that there are no mistakes in your spelling, grammar, typography, and your use of language or formatting. The majority of academic work depending on the context allows some marks to be given for the correct language and layout. So if you are proofreading work yourself as opposed to using proofreading services it is important that you are thorough, you will be giving yourself the best possible chance of achieving the highest mark.

Many people think that proofreading is about editing the content of your work and making changes to what you have written, this is not always the case. It is most of the time a task focused solely on the finer details. Proofreading involves checking over your work carefully, and is a task that takes time, concentration and lots of attention to detail. It is for this very reason that you should not leave proofreading until the last minute. Many professional companies that publish work, take proofreading very seriously, many will use proofreading services specifically to proofread the material before it is released to avoid the embarrassment of mistakes being made and seen by the public.

When proofreading, it is a good idea to start with a dictionary and thesaurus by your side. If using your laptop you can use the ‘synonym’ option to help you when you feel that a word is not right or idea for the context. Proofreading can be boring and tedious, so many proofreading services recommend that there are no distractionsin the room around you, start by turning your mobile phone off and not using the Internet for any other purpose than to help you in your task of proofreading your writing.

Another tip is to print a copy of your writing so it is on paper instead. It can be a lot easier to concentrate on the words that you are reading when they are on paper, and it will reduce the amount of time that you are glaring onto the computer screen. Then go through your work with a coloured pen or highlighter to mark any changes you need to make on the paper copy. This way, when you use it to edit your typed work, the parts you have changed will be easy to find.

In addition to this, some people like to take the time to read the work backwards. This can take a lot of time and be quite hard to get used to, but it will make any typography errors stand out as you are entirely focusing on the word, not its context.

Taking these tips into account will certainly help. However if you are still struggling you should consider using a professional proofreading services company, many of them specialise solely in providing proofreading services to individuals and businesses.