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Proofreading overview, beginners guide

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7 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:31
    • 2. Concept of proofreading

      2:48
    • 3. Proofreader Goal

      5:14
    • 4. Editing

      3:13
    • 5. Proofreading Symbols

      1:30
    • 6. Proofreading on Paper and screen

      6:10
    • 7. Craft of Writing Letters

      12:09
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Are you new to proofreading? Would you like to learn the basics of proofreading? Want to Use professionally recognised proofreading symbols correctly? Know exactly what to look for when proofing any document? This course is for you! I will teach you the basics of proofreading and enable you to have a better knowledge of proofreading.

Not only that you could be able to work on sites like Upwork and Fiverr with this knowledge as a proofreader. Even if you're already studied about proofreading before this is a great refresher on the subject.

Course includes:

路 The most common errors of punctuation, grammar and syntax

路 How to proofread academic text

路 Strategies for catching more errors

路Proofreading Symbols

路Proofreading on Paper and screen

路Concept of proofreading

Who this course is for:

  • For beginners learning the basics

  • People who want to improve their proofreading skills

  • Anyone who would like to work as a proofreader - employed or freelance

  • Writers seeking to catch more errors in their work

  • Professionals who need to create error-free documents

Thank you,

Thomas Shane

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Thomas Shane

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My name is Thomas Shane i will be bringing you courses that i have self-taught myself over the Years like Music technology, Digital art, creating video games etc from experience, books and compiling it into a course for you.

I have done music since 2009 and made number of electronic music covering all genres under different names.

Studied at South Birmingham College and Gained  BTEC Extended Diploma certificate in Music Production

I want to share my experience with you, and give you insights how to create music, and the fundamentals of music production and Daws and along with different type of courses aswell

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1. Introduction: Welcome to this course about proofreading. Here, Our teach you the basics of proof reading through and help you get started with proofreading. So if you're a complete beginner or someone who needs a refresher on the subject of proofreading and welcome. This will improve writing skills by tend to fly and remove mistakes from documents, or even become a freelancer, proofreader on Upwork and so on. 2. Concept of proofreading: Okay, so what is proofreading Lao what today is, it requires checking the content and appearance of any piece of written work, looking for any mistakes and typing, spelling and grammar, and making sure it is showed in the style that meets the requirements of a course or a module. Like with most things in life, the more practice, the quicker you will learn proofreading, okay, so net service, why is proofreading important? Proofreading is a critical final thing to do of the STI, working process. That should not be ignored, avoids a bad presented piece of work and that will lose some marks. So proofreaders basically were analyzed paper or documents for basic and complex errors. Any spelling mistakes and grammar errors cannot be and peace when it goes out for publication, proofreaders will basically make sure that documents look and read their best before they are sent out by either by print, email or a written piece. And their ability to, being able to identify errors in the written piece, proofreaders must be able to correctly Mark work for any equations. And sometimes proof readings, companies will have their own proofreaders, Cretan documents while the Reuter weeds the workout loud. Also at times, proofreaders will need to keep the same document. Many times that job is not finished until the piece of work is ever free. Proof reading is also about the spacing margins to make sure they meet the standards of publication before it is sent through to printIn. So proofreaders that worked for newspapers and magazines and so on. My also being charged up full ranging up headlines, articles, and pictures. Proofreaders must be able to work well with whiteness and over proofreaders to make show every word in that paragraph is arranged in the white why and no errors before it is sent to the next step of publication. Proofreaders work behind the scenes for publication. They are part of a group within their company with over proofreaders, Reuters, copy editors, and editor in chief. Laugh proofreaders will contain manic chair OIC poison. Or these days do freelance work through online sites like Fiverr or Upwork. Cell might choose to only add hay and proofread documents for organizing Asians. For example, grant applications of non-profit organizations. 3. Proofreader Goal: Now being approved, rita, It is essential foolproof read that to have good computer skills as most of the proofreading is done most of these days on the screen, though, is quite important for a proof read to have an understanding of a computer software towards proof reading. Everything, sucess, track changes in Microsoft Word and insert comments and so on. So there are different types of online proof reading. 4m pay tolls like slick white, grammar laid, bomber check that will insist you to look for mistakes and correct them, boil these tools. It is important to have deep knowledge of computer software as well as the Internet. And they have to have the patience and the defocus has proofreading is known to be boring tasks are Sydney's ID tailed and it lists of attempts to find grammar and spelling mistakes, word choice errors, sentence structure, punch no errors and correct them for an in-depth analysis of the content, it is suggested that you should double. We'd wiggling out loud with them backward, reading Gothic debts to find them but smaller lists of mistakes. So a proof reader should have enough patients level and skills to do a full review of documents. It is better if the person actually in choice reading different types of Whiting, such as newspapers, books, essays, magazines, articles, online content logs, and letters. Reading this one of the main skills that are approved reader should have. This we'll helping Phyton the errors in spelling, grammar and sentence structure, and so on in their text, it is vital for the proof reader to have good understanding of the English language. And adding to this proof reader should also be aware of many coma concepts and walls so that the person can crept through chemical errors and typos successfully. The person was able to fix mistakes concluding Huang word usage, word order, protonation, and over Krammer associated hours. Having good knowledge of English and grammar is fairly important for proofreading to make the white distributions when picking errors. Also understanding of different style books, there are different types of style guides that says AMI, Manual of Style, AP style guide and more. Proof reader should know the populist all going to be able to be phew every detail of contents precisely and to understand different style guides has that also helps in recognizing the citations or referencing errors. So it has to make the contents correct and accurate in every aspect and to have academic training IV school, college, or university courses in literature and English, which will give you the basics of proof reading and language. And of course, like marketing, finance, human resources. When the OPO subjects though are also important, it is key for a proofreader do have the knowledge of different topics in order to analyze the content better. Good study skills and being constant, even the smallest mistakes like the bad user access, mation marks can make a big difference was the use of cameras, ball stops, and semicolon can change the meaning of a sentence. If there were dismissing go double spaces left between sentences, a proof reader should be able to click Set. A person needs to be focused so that they can scan for any small mistakes in their document. So it is really important for the proof. We tend to have this sharp eye and good T tails to be Phew white to a better as far as to make it accurate. Also, the person must be quick with finishing the proof reading within the certain deadline. Great communication skills are essential for any proof reader. If there is any uncertainty about ME sentence and so on, a proof reader should be able to communicate openly and clear of it to the client and the miss herbs on the path proof reader can affect the Whiting to a large extent. Proof reading is basically a hard task. It needs enough time to print that text to be few LA content, markup their errors and fix them. The proof reader should have enough time to finish all these tasks, inspecting their texts ONE bowling on line is not good enough to make the test precise and ever fully reading again and again and checking these upper most important for effective Whiting. You can also use a dictionary or a reference book or style guide. And excellent, prove we, there should not be scared of using Teach me grammar, reference book or style guide to be few the text also the person should not feel embarrassed in asking help off or for people. 4. Editing: So copy editing basically means checking for any mistakes in consistencies and repetition while doing this, your document is polished for publication. The copy editor is x2 colleague, improper vacation, and this person will make sure that your document taus it best story possible. So the copy editor Center on both on the tiny TD house and the big picture person must be careful and highly technical while still beings concise of the themes at work within New Document, a copy whiteout checks for and correct any errors in grammar, spelling, syntax, and punch nation checks for technical, consistent in say, expounding kept Tolstoy's Asian font usage, numerals, hibernation, for example, is the email on page four to five and email on page 75. Or do use EBIT, both British and American English spelling checks for errors and make sure that all loose ends are tied. Check for in nucleate statements. This is a requirement part of copy editing job for nonfiction band new scripts such as a historical paces, memoirs. So the copy editor must see if the facts in your document are accurate and if the names and the dates are correct, checks for potential legal liability, the copy editor verifies that you've document does not Weibull offers checks for insert constant him Tennessee with estoy. List includes counter description, top points and setting. Does each cow test De Chu to his own description throughout the story? Are there clashing description of the House, book sample? Have you describe this as setting? Has a leather brick home on one page, wherever wooden home on another page. So copy editing is the last stepping that production, and it should be done after all the edits take place in a standard timeline. Here is how the copy edit fixing document could peak is where the editor radio document and make red the board massive assessment, you'll be sieved. Certainly pitfalls and how to quote a stronger stowing, better pacing and more encouraged and counters because the decrement critique is a big picture analysts are for your document, it should be done first before getting into the fourth scale. A four scalar edit tackles our document line by line. The editor cuts down on words and shortens the language to make the weed easier and faster. This type of edit gets rid of clumsy or weird sentences. It we do plan to go with the common publisher. These are the only two types of edits you wouldn't need after your force scale edit, you can start contacting agents soon as you document it is accepted that publisher will perform copy edits to that document. 5. Proofreading Symbols: Let's talk about proofreading symbols. Here are the often use proofreading symbols. They use up almost all prove weeding symbols follow the same pattern. This is a mark in the margin along with specific details about lug chain caps should be made and a marking, a tests showing where those instructions should be implemented. Therefore, set of proofreading marks as defined by pretty standard BBB S 5,261 is which is shown here. Net self slides. Proofreading, same pose for general obstructions. Proofreading same post for inserting, deleting and changing text. Proofreading symbols for changing the lookup that test. Proofreading seem posts for punch nation. Proofreading symbols for layout. 6. Proofreading on Paper and screen: Before you start proof reading, make sure your Flickr, the larger points of your text, don't make corrections at the sentence and word. Therefore, if we still need to work on the focus organization and deliver moment of the whole paper off sections, both power crafts. Set your texts aside for like 15 minutes a day, awake between Whiting a proofreading some distance from the texts will help you see mistakes even more faster. Get rid of non useful words before looking for mistakes. When you proofread attempt to work from a print L not on the computer screen. Make sure to read out loud. And this has mainly been helpful for spotting on sentences. But you're also here over problems that you may not see when we didn't get with your mind. Only use a blank sheet of paper to co-author or PLA lying below the ones you're reading. This approach keeps you von skipping ahead of visable mistakes, then uses Search taught to find mistakes that you're likely to make if you often make many mistakes, check differently for each kind of ever moving from the most to the least important, and follow whatever puts works best for you to identify that type of mistake. For example, read who wants backwards sentence by sentence to check for fragments and then forward reimbursed i spelling checker won't catch mistakes. We're funded moons is becoming more and more normal these days. Full proofreaders, editors to be Aspen clients, to work straight from my computer screen. There are many benefits to working in this way. It may say easy and fitting for you to work remotely and anywhere with a laptop. It could do this pretty much anywhere like on net births in the library and so on. And there is no need to be near a printer working guns queens, more infotainment, Friendly has it saves paper. But the bad thing bell, unscreened proofreading it brings piglets own pitfalls, has a loop solution of a computer screen is much less than that of a printer page. And it's more difficult to see smaller details. And sometimes you have an app up and running or social media opened hearing notification sounds may stop you from focusing from working. So let's now talk about some quick tips where you spend a long amount of time working on their computer, set to buy well-lit workstation as this will help with the OISE Twain and less headaches. You can even working a large fund if you have to, then make the font smaller login later. Stan WWF referred to minutes, it's good for your brain and the body. And it also gives you R S more Pike L was happened when we get tired and be more productive in general, when we take quakes, use an online timer or set your phone to remind you when it's time to have a pike to help slow down and proofread better. Proofreaders are always taught set a Buddha on work to focus on one line at a time. Using a ruler to read a document on computer screen isn't impossible, boy does quake is own challenges. Our arms start to ache if we just hold it up on the screen. So the best advice to place the mouse cursor at the end of that line and click the down arrow key once you've reached the end of the sentence, this is a really helpful and keep track of where you are and focus on reading slowly. Remember to scroll down through your document often so that your eyes are not always outlet bomb at the document and you are stretching your net to weed. Or we could even use an iPad or tablet that will be easier using a ruler or whatever is a custom software code on top replica, the if I load up a type of ARPU can like paying, place a straight line and load up the software and select the output current. And the overall is day on their screen. Instead of using a ruler, which is a very useful by, don't always rely on spellcheck like track changes. They'll check is equate to a fairly poor to those, of course, proofreading and editing with Word documents, I highly recommend spellcheck with the caution that only you know the correct spelling in the contents of any sentence, though you have to try read more carefully. Sometimes your spell check in program, we would know words like two, whose is actually spelled wipe puts that these new correct when the white amendment number two, it's important that we be aware off the challenge shoots off the off onscreen proof reading and trust alway off working so that we can be as accurate in reading from the soft copy has from hardcopy. So that's show you some really helpful tips to sharpen your screen skills. Consuming or make the font size bigger. Read one line at a time and pay certain attention to the point where sentence ones are on to the next slide. Also scroll down slowly line by line, which helps you to stay focused on the document. Eau de rue that we'd use the method I mentioned earlier up against the screen to help keep your oils from getting lost. Say out loud to yourself when reading. This will make you pay attention to the difference between what you think the text says and what it says. Take pikes to keep you from getting bored or ice wines and help you to stay focused or recommender every 13 minutes. 7. Craft of Writing Letters: So it's the time to get better with fewer skills and be able to understand Whiting debtors. We will now do a four scale study of less than describe certain methods, put different types of letter writing. There are mainly two types of letters for more than an informal letter. For more letters include business letters as well as social letters. Whereas informal letters include only personal letters. I will discuss the important Bohmer off their debtors were US business letters as a formal way of communication in our professional life. 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