Our comprehensive guide to proofreading will take you from a complete beginner to a confident trained professional, ready to start work. And to give you a hand-up into the industry, we include a freelance work guarantee with our Proofed for all students who pass the final assessment with over 80%.
This course is perfect for people who want to begin proofreading freelance straight away. We also cater for companies and institutions who want to train their employees to write, proofread, or format documents.
After completing our course, you will be able to:
This course includes the following modules:
Find out why and how editing and proofreading have traditionally been treated as two separate tasks, and how they often merge in digital work. Get introduced to the ethical issues you might encounter while proofreading and meet the different client types you might work with once you start as a professional proofreader!
If you’re a bit rusty with computing, this module will oil you up! Take a whistlestop tour through all the tools of Microsoft Word you’ll need to get started with proofreading. If you are a technophobe, worry no more! Our back-to-basics course covers track changes, changing the proofing language and user name in Microsoft Word.
Finally, you can nail the difference between ‘there’, ‘they’re’ and ‘their’ and much more besides! Get to know the quirks of British, US and Australian spelling, clear up the rules about irregular plurals, and impress your friends with your arcane knowledge of closed, open, and hyphenated compounds!
Perfect your prepositions, parenthetical clauses, and parallelisms. Fix fragments and faulty agreement and free yourself from dangling and misplaced modifiers for evermore! Grind down the grammatical gremlins of UK, US, and Australian English and bust some well-worn myths: boldly go where no proofreader has ever gone before!
Queries about question marks? Extremely excited about exclamation marks?!! Do you, put, too, many commas, in your sentences? We’ll iron all that out. If you’re the type of person that goes shopping with a paintbrush to correct those grocer’s apostrophes, you’ll be right at home here.
Take our guided tour through everything else you need to know about the nitty-gritty of language: Latin terms, abbreviations, acronyms, and initialisms, number use and capitalisation. Find out where most people get tripped up, and separate out your ‘i.e’s’ from your ‘e.g’s’ for good!
What’s the difference between a style guide, a style sheet and a referencing style? Worry no more, we’ve got you covered in our style module. We’ll talk you through tone and voice, technical vocabulary, politically incorrect words to avoid, and show you how to turn a clunky confusion into an elegant flow.
We’ll take you back to school with an in-depth look at proofreading academic documents, ranging from undergraduate essays to journal articles and PhD theses. We’ll show you how to work with LaTeX (no, it’s nothing kinky), how to make sure quotes are used properly, and when to use the active and passive voices.
Does Harvard hurt your head? Does APA make your eyes ache? Are you shy about Chicago? And what does ALWD even mean? We’ll soothe all your referencing woes with our extended guide to all the major different citation styles, and some not-so-well-known ones too.
If you’re in a tangle about tables, or are perplexed about page numbers, take a nifty zip through the advanced features of Microsoft Word with us. Learn the difference between page and section breaks, how to number different sections in a document differently, and how to create dynamic tables that magically generate from the headers in the text.
Drumroll please! It’s time to show off what you have learned! In this final part of the course, you’ll take two proofreading tests and a formatting test, which you’ll receive detailed tutor feedback for. If you score 80% or above, you can start freelancing at Proofed immediately.