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
4.6 (8 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
155 students enrolled
Created by Duncan Koerber
Last updated 7/2017
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What Will I 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
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  • You should have a good command of English.

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?

The Ultimate Guide to Proofreading 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 is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to find and remove writing errors from documents
  • Professional freelance editors who want to enhance their proofreading skills
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Curriculum For This Course
1 Lecture 02:37
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
Proofreading the Format, Design, Graphics
2 Lectures 05:41

6 Tips for Proofreading the Format, Design, Graphics
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
About the Instructor
Duncan Koerber
4.6 Average rating
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4,298 Students
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University Professor

Dr. Duncan Koerber has taught writing and communications courses for the past 10 years at six Canadian universities to thousands of students.

Oxford University Press recently published his writing textbook, Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (2015). Available on Amazon, the book considers the seven most common errors (interfering factors) in writing and how to improve them (enhancing factors). His second book, Crisis Communication in Canada, is in the revision process for University of Toronto Press.

Currently a full-time assistant professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, Duncan Koerber worked for nearly 10 years in reporting and editing roles for the London Free Press, the Mississauga News, and the University of Toronto Medium. He has freelanced for magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star.

Duncan Koerber has been a successful freelance editor, earning a 95% success rating on Upwork. 

Duncan Koerber has a bachelor of arts degree in English, Professional Writing, and Political Science from the University of Toronto (2001), a master of arts degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario (2003), and a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University and Ryerson University (2009).

His academic writing, which focuses on media and journalism history, writing pedagogy, and public relations crisis communication, has been published in the Canadian Journal of Communication, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Journalism History, Media History, Composition Studies, Canadian Journal of Media Studies, and Sport History Review.