Richard E

Kobe, Japan

“A well-written document raises the credibility of the information.”

Richard E

Specialist subjects:

Biomedical Sciences Business & Management Energy and Power English Environmental Science International Relations Mechanical Engineering Medical Technology Pharmacology & Pharmacy TESOL


MEd in English Language Teaching

University of Manchester


BEd in Teaching English as a Second Language

Concordia University


BA in English Literature

University of Victoria


Favorite referencing style

APA is my favorite referencing style because it seems more straightforward and logical than other referencing styles.

Why I became an editor

For as long as I can remember, I've always had a kind of natural radar for catching grammar and spelling mistakes. But I only began to proofread and edit in earnest when I began working as an ESL/EFL teacher in Canada and Japan. It has always been an enjoyable part of the job for me because it’s like a quiz I get to play at work! It's a win-win for me and my students.

Background and experience

In my career as an ESL/EFL teacher, I have focused on teaching Business English and Academic English to advanced students in Canada and Japan. I have extensive experience proofreading and editing homework assignments, students' emails, blueprints, and business documents. I also taught seminars, which involved editing PowerPoint slides and students' pre-study assignments. My goal is always to raise the credibility of information through good writing.

Why I love proofreading and editing

I enjoy proofreading because while helping authors to achieve perfectly formed sentences and documents, I get to test my proofreading skills and increase my knowledge of the English language. While most of my experience is in business, I have proofread many academic papers as well. From these papers and my own academic studies, I am well acquainted with the Harvard, APA, and MLA referencing styles.

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Favorite book:

The Ramayana as told by Aubrey Menen


In my free time I usually play jazz and blues guitar. When I'm not doing that, I love to go hiking.

Editing tips:

I suggest making your own checklist that you can refer to and follow as you review documents. The checklist should be a work in progress that you continue to add to as things come up.

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