FREE Proofreading Courses
Part- and Full-Time
We are an English language support service for senior academics in all academic and scientific areas, including engineering, mathematics, medicine, economics, law, management, the physical and biological sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. We offer proofreading jobs to candidates with knowledge and experience in any field of study. We provide free proofreading courses for successful candidates. We cover key topics to prepare proofreaders for the complexities of proofreading authors’ writing.
FREE Proofreading Courses
There is certainly a wide variety of proofreading jobs available in the current publishing climate and a correspondingly wide variety of individuals who would like to fill those positions. The training and experience required to carry out such jobs well are frequently lacking, however, even for the most enthusiastic and confident applicants, so proofreading courses are often a practical necessity for proofreaders who are starting their career. Unfortunately, the many different educational opportunities referred to as ‘proofreading courses’ vary as much in content and quality as the texts that professional proofreaders encounter on a daily basis. Before you invest your hard-earned cash in proofreading courses, it is therefore essential to carry out a little research into exactly what the various courses that you are considering promise to teach you.
While you are conducting this initial research, it is wise to watch out for several key topics and categories of information in the course descriptions and outlines that you read. If a proofreading course does not include instruction in most of these matters, it will not be as useful as a course that does. Excellent proofreading courses will, for instance, introduce students to the concept and use of different styles, such as that presented in the Chicago Manual of Style – a manual used by authors of many different kinds of text. The importance of following publishers’ guidelines with precision should also be emphasised. Although not all proofreading jobs will require expert knowledge of referencing techniques, the best free proofreading courses will provide training in the most common documentation styles used in scholarly writing, such as the somewhat challenging citation style recommended in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
The majority of free proofreading courses will assume prior knowledge of correct grammatical constructions, punctuation and spelling for the language in which you hope to work, but the most useful courses will also review these topics and provide practical instruction in successfully recognising and efficiently correcting authorial mistakes and inconsistencies in these areas. Using abbreviations and specialised terminology effectively can also form an important part of language training. Some instruction in the proper use of the software that is most popular among authors and publishers, such as Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat, is absolutely essential, and advice on tracking changes, commenting in marginal formats and other methods of marking text (in print as well as on screen) for correction and typesetting is definitely required. Some providers of proofreading courses will also guarantee students paid work proofreading real documents for real clients, and there is simply no substitute for this valuable hands-on experience.
Finally, truly sophisticated proofreading courses will discuss methods for obtaining proofreading jobs and communicating effectively with authors. Respect for the textual efforts of authors, insight into their intentions and patience in the face of confusion are vital to successful proofreading, so the best proofreading courses will address these issues. Such courses will also remind prospective proofreaders that anyone – even carefully trained and sharp-eyed proofreaders – can make mistakes, so encouragement to check every proofreading job that you complete with painstaking care before you return it to the client is a sure sign of a well-designed proofreading course.
Jobs at PRS
Mathematics and Physics Proofreading Jobs
Proofreading Jobs in Engineering and Technical Writing
Freelance Proofreading Jobs in All Academic Fields
Perks of the Job
You can choose your workload: one week you can work only 10 hours and another week you can work 25 hours.
Every proofreader and editor receives prompt weekly payments for the work completed in that period.
Working from Home
Our editors and proofreaders enjoy working from home, because it fits perfectly around family life.
FREE Proofreading Courses
Every candidate will be offered a FREE proofreading course for academic papers while on full pay.
Our editors and proofreaders can stay connected to their academic field and read the newest research.
An internet connection, a laptop and working from home leave our proofreaders with a low carbon footprint.
Interested? Talk to us
If you are interested in FREE proofreading courses and working as a proofreader, please apply through our website. The rates of pay start at £6 ($8.50 USD) per 1,000 words.
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