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Can I get a third party to proofread my university thesis?

Students are sometimes hesitant to employ a proofreader to check their thesis or dissertation. I have looked through the policies of universities in New Zealand, and have discovered that the universities themselves expect, and even encourage, students to get people other than themselves to proofread their work. However, each university has a slightly different policy about third party proofreaders, and what they can and can’t do.

The universities whose policies I examined are: University of Waikato, University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Victoria University of Wellington, and University of Otago.

For details of their policies refer to the following webpage on this site: Policies on Proofreading Theses.

Note well that when proofreading your work I will make sure I meet the requirements of your university or institution, whether it is in New Zealand or anywhere else. See home page for details: Professional Document Editing.

How to proofread your thesis or other document

The final stage of the writing process before submitting an assignment or thesis is often neglected – proofreading! And, if it’s done well, it can significantly lift your grades (see Testimonials for examples of this).

Set aside time to check your assignment or thesis. As a guideline, allow 5 to 10 minutes per page (about 250 words per page if double spaced lines).

Try to complete your assignment or thesis well ahead of the due date. This will give you a chance to ‘recover’ from the writing process, and so be able to look at the document more objectively.

Check for the following (these are just some of the features to include when proofreading!):

• grammar – noun verb agreement, correct and consistent verb tense
• spelling – use the software spellchecker, but be careful of words often confused, and homophones (see Homophones).
• punctuation – apostrophes, dashes, commas, colons, semicolons, capitals
• vocabulary – consider your choice of words and see whether they are technical words, subject-specific language, slang, or idioms, and change them if necessary; also check abbreviations (Have you defined them when you first used them?).
• readability – when you read it through, do you have to read the same sentence through more than once to get its meaning? If so, then shorten, or change it.
• cohesion – how well do sentences and paragraphs link with those before and after? Make use of appropriate linking words, for example, see Linking Words, to ensure it flows smoothly.
• references – make sure that authors’ names are spelled correctly, within the body of the assignment or thesis, and in the list of references at the end.

Lastly check that your assignment or thesis meets the requirements of your university. This means checking font style and size, line spacing, and the type of referencing (Vancouver, APA 6th, …).

If you still need help after doing all this, then do get in touch – Enquiry – and I will do my best for you.

Proofreading using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes Feature

The following slides show how Microsoft Word’s Track Changes feature can be used to record suggested changes to a document, as well as comment on how other improvements could be made.

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If you would like me to demonstrate how your document would look after the above process, please click here: Enquiry

How can you increase your vocabulary?

How can you increase your vocabulary? Being in the ‘English’ industry, people often ask how they can increase their vocabulary, how they can learn new words.

There are many apps around which users feel will help build their word power, and maybe they do. Apps like Boggle, and its derivatives are great to use the words you know. But I’d like to draw to your attention to two online websites/programmes which I think are even better for building your vocabulary. They are Free Rice and Vocabulary.com.

Free Rice is a site which my colleagues and I sometimes recommend to those who want to learn new words. The reason for the name – Free Rice – is that every word you get correct increases your ‘store’ of rice by 10 grains, which are actually donated to hungry people through the United Nations World Food Programme, or goes towards providing free education to those who in need through sponsors of the website. Free Rice vocabulary testing covers a wide range of fields including: the humanities – famous paintings, literature, world hunger, famous quotations; English – vocabulary & grammar; math/maths – multiplication table, basic math (pre-algebra); chemistry – chemical symbols, chemical symbols (basic); language learning – German, Spanish, French, Italian, Latin; geography – world landmarks, identify countries on the map, world capitals, flags of the world; sciences – human anatomy; and test preparation for SAT®.

Such websites do help to boost a person’s understanding of words. However, there is much more to knowing a word than remembering its synonyms or its meaning or definition. One website that does focus very well on many of the other areas involved in knowing a word is Vocabulary.com. Not only does it highlight which words you don’t know, but it also teaches you essential English words in a stimulating way. Using adaptive technology it adjusts the new words it gives you based on how well you have done to date. It will keep coming back to you with words you haven’t ‘got’ until you do! Even when you think you know how a word is spelled, how it is used in a sentence, what other words it is associated with and of course its meaning, then it will surprise you at some future occasion and see if you still retain it!

Another way of developing your vocabulary is through extensive reading. Research shows that you will only remember a new word if you meet it at least eight times in reasonably quick succession. Read books, magazines, articles, blogs or whatever, that you are interested in and you will surely build your vocabulary.

Proofreading scanned documents

Digitising a company’s files is an integral part of record keeping and archiving these days. Sometimes these files need to be converted to text and not just kept in an image format. There are many programmes which convert images (TIFF, JPG, etc.) to editable text using OCR, Optical Character Recognition. This is not a foolproof process, and after this has been done, spell checking and other error checking will need to be done. As mentioned in Homophones, some words may be spelled correctly, but they may be the wrong words for the sentence.

Thus, for important business documents, having human eyes read it through to make sure it is the same as the original is absolutely essential. This is a service that I offer: proofreading your business or other documents to make sure they are the same as the scanned original document.

If you would like me to give you a quote, do get in touch. My service is confidential. Complete the following form and I will get back to you.

I look forward to working with you on your project.

Can I get a third party to proofread my university thesis?

Students are sometimes hesitant to employ a proofreader to check their thesis or dissertation. I have looked through the policies of universities in New Zealand, and have discovered that the universities themselves expect, and even encourage, students to get people other than themselves to proofread their work. However, each university has a slightly different policy about third party proofreaders, and what they can and can’t do.

The universities whose policies I examined are: University of Waikato, University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Victoria University of Wellington, and University of Otago.

For details of their policies refer to the following webpage on this site: Policies on Proofreading Theses.

Note well that when proofreading your work I will make sure I meet the requirements of your university or institution, whether it is in New Zealand or anywhere else. See home page for details: Professional Document Editing.

How to edit your paper

Here are some useful tips on how to edit your own assignment, report or paper:

http://homeworktips.about.com/od/essaywriting/a/How-To-Edit-Your-Paper.htm

If you still need help after this, do get in touch with me:

 

https://revisedit.org/

Editing, Proofreading Business Documents, Manuals

Editing, proofreading, rewriting, polishing of translated or other documents, webpages, web documents, websites, agreements, patents, technical manuals, books into idiomatic English.

Experienced, highly qualified, native English-speaking professional.

Based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Confidential service.

How to edit your own paper or essay

Want to edit your own essay?

Not sure where to begin?

Here is an excellent article to point you in the right direction:

http://homeworktips.about.com/od/essaywriting/a/How-To-Edit-Your-Paper.htm

If you need further help, do get in touch with me: Professional Document Editing