Nanaimo, B.C., Canada
BA, English and Philosophy, University of Victoria, 2007-11
My favorite referencing style is APA, that is probably just because that is what I have the most experience in and I find it to be a clear and concise system.
Proficient writing has an incredible ability to preserve and convey ideas, experiences, and feelings. It is also an invaluable tool for education, communication, and marketing. In university, I studied English literature and philosophy. I spent a lot of time reading and writing and learned how to use language to make writing more effective. I volunteered to help international students improve their university writing. I also wrote for the campus newspaper and helped other students with their essays before submission. For over six years I have worked as an ESL teacher to students of all ages from various countries. Through my education and experiences, I have developed a passion for helping people perfect their writing. Others are free to put their thoughts down in words, and I can help them polish those words into an accomplished piece of writing.
I have been an ESL teacher for more than six years; my last teaching job was in Taiwan. I teach students from pre-school level to adults, focusing on listening, speaking, grammar, exam preparation, as well as more advanced oration and essay writing. Before that, I was in university and studied English literature and philosophy. While at university, I worked for the campus newspaper where I helped with editing as well as authoring short articles and doing a regular column on environmental awareness. I volunteered at the student’s transition services, helping international students adjust to life in Canada and familiarizing them with university work in a foreign language. I also frequently helped other students structure, organize, and edit their papers if they were having trouble. I have lots of experience in academic proofreading (including referencing) and editing for foreign English speakers. My other jobs have included retail management and sales of consumer electronics, woodworking, gardening, and I have worked at a garden supply store where I gave lessons on horticulture.
I have always loved reading and have gained an immense appreciation for the power of words. Most of my time in university was spent reading and writing, so I have developed a bit of a high standard. I realize writing well is not a skill everyone has. It is very unfortunate if someone has a great idea but lacks the skill to convey that idea effectively through writing. This is why proofreaders and editors are so important. I love being able to use my experience to help people if they are having problems with their writing. Helping others with their writing also helps me with my own. I want to be continuously learning and I find it interesting to read what others have written about, regardless of the subject matter.
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It is impossible to pick a favorite, but one book I read this year that I really enjoyed was The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.
I love gardening, drawing, camping, and traveling. I have visited many countries in South/Central America, Europe, and Asia.
When I start, I like to read the whole document from start to finish. That way I understand the whole project. Then I do another pass one section/paragraph at a time picking out the most obvious errors and correcting them. I will go through it a third time in reverse, making corrections or just highlighting trouble areas. Then I normally take a short break. I come back and look at the more advanced errors that need my attention. When I am getting close to finishing, I like to read the paper aloud, in case my ears can pick up something my eyes did not. Then I go through my relevant checklist and do any final changes or formatting.
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