Medford, Oregon, USA
BA Psychology Wellesley College 1977–1981
I am most familiar with MLA but can also proofread APA and am confident I can learn any style a client requires.
As a high school senior, I decided to see how perfect I could make a particular English paper. I kept telling my teacher that it wasn’t quite ready, as I rewrote over and over. Finally I turned it in, a month late. When he gave it back, he had written, “If every late paper was like this, I would demand that every paper be late”!Since then, I have learned that I enjoy not only making my own writing excellent, but helping others improve theirs. This began with home schooling two children through high school, moving on to teaching writing for eight years, and most recently working as a reader aid helping honors students improve their essays. Now, I have made the leap into professional proofreading, and I am excited to keep helping others to produce error-free, clear writing that communicates just what they intend. And in case you wondered, I do meet my deadlines!
I've held the following roles:Tutor/TeacherClassical Conversations Liberal Arts2010–2018Teacher, Freshman Honors EnglishCascade Christian High School2016Reader Aid: Helping English Teachers grade/comment on Honors English draft essays in preparation for Advanced Placement ExamMedford 549C School District2019
I read widely and am blessed/cursed with noticing spelling, punctuation, and grammar mistakes, and they annoy me! As a teacher, I have loved helping young people learn to write, and for years I have been the go-to person in my circle to edit everything from guest opinions to obituaries to college essays. Proofreading and editing is one of my favorite things to do: helping others to communicate what they want to say clearly, concisely, and without error.
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One of my favorite books is the hilarious Eats Shoots and Leaves: the Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss. For pleasure, I especially love biographies.
I love to read, of course. When weather permits, you will find me working in the garden on my small farm or riding my Arabian mare through the surrounding pear orchards.
My favorite tip is to read the document out loud. It is the best way to catch errors my eyes might miss.My second favorite tip is to sit on the document overnight before a final check, so I can read it with fresh eyes.Finally, with academic editing, after I've read through the document to get a feel for it, the first thing I tackle is references to make sure all is in order, both in-text citations and the works cited page. I've found this is the best way to catch errors before I become caught up with the fun part: the writing itself.
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