How to Find & Correct Writing Errors: The Proofreading Guide
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How to Find & Correct Writing Errors: The Proofreading Guide

Identify and Remove Embarrassing Mistakes from Documents
4.3 (686 ratings)
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2,781 students enrolled
Created by Duncan Koerber
Last updated 8/2020
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This course includes
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  • 3 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • See and remove embarrassing typos and spelling errors
  • Find errors in design and graphics
  • Use lists and guides to ensure proofreading consistency
  • Work comfortably with professional proofreading symbols
  • You should have a good command of English.
  • 86.8% rating all time 

  • Taught by a university professor with 10 years of experience in newspaper and magazine writing and editing

What students say...

"It was easy to follow and very informative." Derick Young, Udemy Student
"It was very informative and helpful." Renee Garcia, Udemy Student
"Great information on subtle things to look for when proofreading." Bonny Napolitano, Udemy Student
"Everything's very clearly laid out and informative."Natalie Artemas-Polak, Udemy Student
"Concise, well-written and narrated." David Parlier, Udemy Student
"I learned loads of practical tips. Thanks!"Natalie Psaila, Udemy Student
"The course was well organized. It covered a lot of important points. I learned a lot."Theodora Aina, Udemy Student

Did that spelling mistake in your cover letter cost you the job interview?
Did you annoy a client by misspelling her name?
Have you edited and read over your writing 10 times but still worry that errors remain?

Don't fail at proofreading. Proofreading is not copy editing. 

Copy editing is about significant changes to sentences and paragraphs. 

But writers often forget the importance of proofreading

How to Find & Correct Writing Errors: The Proofreading Guide is for writers and editors of any genre who are looking to develop their proofreading skills and prevent embarrassing errors in written documents.

The proofreading stage is the last chance to catch errors before colleagues, publishers, application committees, and the general public read your writing. Effective proofreading is about polishing your documents to impress readers with pristine prose and design. 

Yet proofreading does not get enough attention as it’s often rushed or avoided altogether. 

The Ultimate Guide to Proofreading is the first comprehensive Udemy course on the subject. First, I explain how to develop the right mindset to catch errors. I then show where most errors lurk. I examine the most common errors in words, punctuation, and design. I additionally provide unique techniques for making your proofreading work easier and more effective.  

These tips come from my 20+-year career in editing and proofreading jobs. I've edited thousands and thousands of written documents and I use these techniques every day.  

Enrol now to learn tested tips for getting those annoying errors out of your documents and the documents of clients and colleagues.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to find and remove writing errors from documents
  • Professional freelance editors who want to enhance their proofreading skills
Course content
Expand all 19 lectures 50:45
+ Good Habits
2 lectures 06:58

This video described the principle behind these good habits. 

Preview 02:00

This video explains a number of specific good habits to have in mind before you begin proofreading. 

Good Habits Tips before you Start
+ Do these Things when you Proofread
3 lectures 10:28

This video explains how these practical tips can help you become a better proofreader. 

Preview 02:00

This video describes 9 practical tips to help you proofread better. 

8 Practical Proofreading Tips
+ Issues with Words and Punctuation
2 lectures 08:43

An argument for considering the proofreading of punctuation as seriously as the proofreading of words. 

Don't Forget about the Punctuation!

Specific problems to look for in words and punctuation. 

9 Tips for Proofreading Words and Punctuation
+ Lists and Guides
2 lectures 04:30

An overview of the use of lists and guides in the proofreading process. 

Why Lists and Guides are so Important

Specific tips on using lists and guides to make your proofreading more consistent. 

The Use of Lists and Guides in the Proofreading Process
+ Final Tasks People Forget to do
2 lectures 05:58

An overview of the importance of these final tasks. 

A Quick Word on Final Tasks

5 final tasks to do at the end of the proofreading process. 

Don't Forget to do these 5 Final Tasks!
+ You're Not Alone: Getting Help with Proofreading
2 lectures 04:36

An argument for getting help. 

Preview 02:03

A look at how to get other people to help with your proofreading, including using Upwork and Grammarly.

5 Tips about Getting Help
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2 lectures 00:59
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Practice Activity Answer Key