“Stay composed and write well.”
University of Manchester
BA (Hon) Business Studies & Computing
Favorite referencing style
APA as it is the only style I have used in recent years.
Why I became an editor
My working life started in IT as a programmer at a time when we wrote code using pencil and paper. The experience instilled in me the importance of working in a methodical way to tight deadlines, with an emphasis on thoroughness and attention to detail.
After retiring from IT, I moved into TEFL and have spent a lot of time teaching writing skills for exams such as IELTS.
Therefore, for me, the transition into proofreading is a natural progression as it combines my love of the English language and writing with helping others achieve their goals.
Background and experience
Since retiring from IT, I have been teaching EFL and have taught every level of English in several countries around the world, including Oman, Estonia, and China.
Furthermore, my teaching has mainly included IELTS preparation, Business English, and EAP, plus occasional ESP courses and other Cambridge exams such as FCE.
Finally, I am in the process of writing up my dissertation for an MA TESOL & Applied Linguistics, which I have been studying for on a part-time/distance basis since 2018. I have to say, it's been a great way to learn how to apply APA referencing.
Why I love proofreading and editing
I have an eye for detail and get great pleasure out of improving things. Also, I love reading and the English language. Combine these traits with the fact that I am a natural communicator who likes working with people, and proofreading is a natural choice.
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