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The Proofreading Academy

The Proofreading Academy

The Proofreading Academy


Learn to Proofread Like a Professional

Proofreading Academy teaches modern proofreading techniques for every style of document. We’ll show you how to perfect documents at work or even proofread for a living.

Our online course trains you to:

  • Edit business, academic, and creative texts
  • Proofread efficiently using tools available in Microsoft Word
  • Prevent mistakes when working with different standard English dialects

Proofreading Course Breakdown

You’ve probably been researching lots of different courses. But which one is the right fit for you?

We offer interactive, personalised, and friendly tuition from a small team. Our strength is our approachability and the care we take with our students. As all our tutors also started off as freelance proofreaders, we know how it feels, and want to help you take your first steps as a professional proofreader.

If you’d like to book a call with one of our tutors to discuss the course or about life as a freelancer, we are always happy to speak with you.

Here’s what we offer in our course:

  • Interactive Exercises
  • Personal Feedback from Tutors
  • Free Skype Tuition
  • Proofreading Assignments
  • User Forum
  • One Comprehensive Course
  • Work Guarantee on Course Completion

Course Content and Description

Proofreading Academy teaches modern proofreading and editing techniques for every situation. Whether you are a complete beginner or simply looking to sharpen your proofreading skills, our course can help you realise your potential.

From correcting errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation to dealing with different writing and referencing styles, Proofreading Academy imparts skills you can use in your professional life and when writing your own documents. We also cover how to use Microsoft Word effectively.

Offering a minimum of 30 hours of training, Proofreading Academy incorporates tests and practical exercises, along with access to a tutoring service so we can better meet your needs (every user is entitled to a free 30-minute Skype call with one of our tutors). The course is designed so that you can learn at your own pace in your own time, with current modules including:

1. Editing and Proofreading: An Introduction

An overview of what professional editing and proofreading involve.

2. The Basics of Microsoft Word

A guide to using Track Changes and other vital proofreading tools in Microsoft Word.

3. Common Spelling Mistakes

How to spot and correct common spelling errors in documents.

4. Common Grammar Mistakes

How to correct grammatical errors in different kinds of documents.

5. Common Punctuation Mistakes

How to make sure commas, full stops, and other punctuation marks are used correctly.

6. Other Common Errors

How to correct errors related to Latin terminology, abbreviations, number use, and capitalisation (among other issues).

7. Proofreading in Practice: Style

The basics of editing a document to ensure the correct writing style is used.

8. Proofreading in Practice: Academic Proofreading

An in-depth look at proofreading academic documents, ranging from undergraduate essays to journal articles and PhD theses.

9. Academic Proofreading: Referencing and Citations

An overview of major referencing systems used in academic writing and the kinds of errors that proofreaders may encounter when dealing with citations and references.

10. Formatting in Microsoft Word

A close look at how to format documents in Microsoft Word, as well as a few extra functions that make proofreading and editing documents easier.

11. Final Proofreading Assessment

A chance to show off what you have learned! You will take two proofreading tests and a formatting test, which you will receive detailed tutor feedback for. If you score 80% or above, you will immediately be offered a freelance role working for Proofed Inc. If not, you will have the opportunity to take the tests again after a dedicated feedback call with one of our tutors.

All you need to do is finish signing up and work your way through each module, completing the end-of-module proofreading exercise and tests to progress to the next one (along with some mid-module exercises and quizzes so that you can test yourself on what you have learned as you go). There is also a final proofreading exercise at the end of the course.

After signing up, you have six months to complete the course (see terms and conditions for further information). Once you are finished, you will be fully qualified to start editing and proofreading documents professionally. We will even offer advice on how to find work as a freelance proofreader!

Proofreading Academy is developed by Proofed Inc., a respected international network of proofreading experts. We have drawn upon our collective experience as professional proofreaders and editors while creating this course, and we believe it offers more to learners than any other proofreading and editing e-learning course available today.

If you would like to know anything else about Proofreading Academy, feel free to contact us.


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