“Good writing always involves rewriting.”
BA in Peace and Conflict Studies
University of Toronto
Favorite referencing style
MLA was the referencing style I had the most experience with as a student, though I have come to appreciate other styles (APA and Chicago in particular). I'm not sure I can choose just one favorite.
Why I became an editor
I studied political science and philosophy at university and am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto (still working on my dissertation). About seven years ago, I started teaching English as a second language. To me, proofreading is another way to help people who know English as a second language. I also hope to help academic writers.
Background and experience
I have a BA from the University of Toronto, an MA in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and I am a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto's Department of Political Science. My experience includes over six years as a university teaching assistant for courses on Ethics and Political Philosophy. I also have two TESL certificates from Seneca College in Toronto. For the last six years, I have taught English as a second language in South Korea.
Why I love proofreading and editing
Writing for me has always been a struggle, but a satisfying struggle. I am interested in accuracy, precision, and details, and nothing focuses more on details than proofreading! Mistakes are easy to make and it takes a lot of hard work and effort to make a piece of writing flawless. I want to be a part of that. I've spent years reading academic work in politics, philosophy, and related subjects. I've also spent years reading undergraduate essays (before and after submission).
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco is my favorite. A used copy was given to me when I was in high school. It took me weeks to finish, but it became the first book I ever read more than once.
Lately, I have spent too much of my spare time reading science fiction novels.
From the very beginning, it’s important to get a sense of the author's goals. Overall, the most important thing for me is patience: going slowly and deliberately is the best way to catch errors.
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