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How to Find and Correct Writing Errors: The Proofreading Guide

Duncan Koerber, University Professor

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17 Videos (51m)
    • Course Overview

    • Welcome from the Instructor

    • What are Good Habits for Proofreading?

    • Good Habits Tips before you Start

    • The Importance of Practical Tips

    • 8 Practical Proofreading Tips

    • Don't Forget about the Punctuation!

    • 9 Tips for Proofreading Words and Punctuation

    • The Proofreading Symbols Professionals Use

    • Why Lists and Guides are so Important

    • The Use of Lists and Guides in the Proofreading Process

    • An Overview of Format, Design, Graphics Errors

    • 6 Tips for Proofreading the Format, Design, Graphics

    • A Quick Word on Final Tasks

    • Don't Forget to do These 5 Final Tasks

    • Why Getting Help is so Important

    • 5 Tips about Getting Help


About This Class

Did that spelling mistake in your cover letter cost you the job interview?
Did you annoy a client by misspelling her name?
Have you edited and read over your writing 10 times but still worry that errors remain?

The Ultimate Guide to Proofreading is for writers and editors of any genre who are looking to develop their proofreading skills and prevent embarrassing errors in written documents.

The proofreading stage is the last chance to catch errors before colleagues, publishers, application committees, and the general public read your writing. Effective proofreading is about polishing your documents to impress readers with pristine prose and design.  Yet proofreading does not get enough attention as it’s often rushed or avoided altogether. 

The Ultimate Guide to Proofreading is the first comprehensive Skillshare course on the subject.

First, I explain how to develop the right mindset to catch errors. I then show where most errors lurk. I examine the most common errors in words, punctuation, and design and format. I additionally provide unique techniques for making your proofreading work easier and more effective.  

These tips come from my 20-year career in editing and proofreading positions. I've edited thousands and thousands of written documents and I use these techniques every day.  

Enroll now to learn tested tips for getting those annoying errors out of your documents and the documents of clients and colleagues.

9 of 9 students recommendSee All

This course was very helpful. I am interested in doing proofreading as a side job and know very little about it. The instructor did a break down of all things involved in proofreading. It was easy to understand. I enjoyed this course.
Whether you are proofreading your own documents or freelancing as a proofreader you will find some great tips in this class. I would recommend this class to anyone who is concerned about producing quality work.





Duncan Koerber

University Professor

Dr. Duncan Koerber has taught writing and communications courses for the past 10 years at six Canadian universities to thousands of students.

Currently a full-time assistant professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, Duncan Koerber worked for nearly 10 years in reporting and editing roles for the London Free Press, the Mississauga News, and the University of Toronto Medium. He has freelanced for magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star.


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