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We help proofreaders earn extra income from anywhere in the world…

even if you’re starting from scratch.

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General Proofreading : Theory and Practice™

    • Learn to earn money proofreading books and blogs
    • Less technical than transcript proofreading
    • Shorter learning curve

Free Intro Workshop

Transcript Proofreading : Theory and Practice™

  • Higher earning potential than general proofreading
  • More repeat clients
  • More technical skills = more money

Free Intro Course

ABOUT CAITLIN PYLE

Hi! I’m Caitlin. I’ve been a proofreader since 2007, and I’ve been working in the court reporting industry since 2009. As a former reporter manager and transcript production specialist, I’ve had the pleasure of working with hundreds of court reporters in various stages of their careers, which allowed me to experience firsthand just how important excellent proofreading is in the world of court reporting. Every bit of my experience is presented in great detail within Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice™, the first-ever multimedia online course created to train proofreaders. I’m glad you’re here! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the course — I answer each and every email.

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qoute1qoute2Caitlin is, hands down, the best proofreader I’ve ever worked with. She’s the reason I managed to develop a semblance of a social life outside of work.

Stefanie M., FPR, RPR, CRR

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What’s the Difference Between Copyediting and Proofreading?

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How quickly can I start making money as a proofreader?

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What textbooks/resources do you recommend for the General Proofreading course, and when should I get them?

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EDIT220

Basic Proofreading

Errors are funny only in other people’s reports, brochures, memos, websites, or emails. Everyone responsible for written material needs to know how to proofread.

Topics in this course include the proofreading process, the difference between proofreading and other editing stages, how to mark hard-copy and electronic proofs for correction, and when and how to query issues that fall outside a proofreader’s responsibilities.

The final assignment for this course is due two weeks after the course ends.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

CampusSession(s)StartingInstructor(s)CostSeats available 
OnlineWednesday, Oct 31, 2018

Schedule details
  • Wed, Oct 31, —
  • Tue, Nov 06, —
  • Tue, Nov 13, —
Lana Okerlund $308.0012 Register
OnlineWe plan to offer this course in February 2019. Registration will open once the schedule is finalized.– TBD$308.0020
OnlineWe plan to offer this course in April 2019. Registration will open once the schedule is finalized.– TBD$308.0020

Instructional hours: 6

For online offerings, registration may close up to two business days before the course begins. Your course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

What will I learn?

At the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the stages in the editorial process, including the place of proofreading
  • List and describe each of the proofreader’s responsibilities
  • Proofread the text and visual components of a document
  • Use proofreading symbols to mark a hard-copy proof
  • Use Adobe Acrobat editing tools and stamps to mark an electronic proof
  • Develop and use an editorial style sheet and a proofreading checklist when proofreading, and explain why these tools are important
  • Add queries to a proof and judge when queries are necessary

How will I learn?

  • Readings
  • Discussions
  • Exercises

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on the following:

  • Participation in weekly online discussions: 15%
  • Final examination: 85%

The final exam for this course is due two weeks after the course ends.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide all course materials online.

Hardware and software requirements

  • A printer to print the practice exercises and exam.
  • A scanner to scan the completed exam for uploading to the online course site.
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

We deliver this course using SFU’s online course management system, Canvas . You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here .

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How to Choose an Online Proofreading Course

By Sarah Macfadyen in Editing and Proofreading

How to Choose an Online Proofreading Course With the onslaught of options in online proofreading courses that have recently emerged, you may have a hard time deciding which one is best for you. If you’re actively looking for a course, you’re probably just getting started with editing and proofreading —which makes choosing the right course a daunting and confusing task. Don’t get overwhelmed by the options! There are a few specific things you should look for when choosing an online proofreading course.

Credentials

This may seem obvious now, but when you’re hunting through a huge list of courses, it may not occur to you. However, the credentials of the company offering the course should be the first thing you look for. Credentials come in the form of portfolios, client lists, and awards won by the company. If there’s a parent company for the online proofreading course, look into that as well. You should then choose which website looks like the best training course for your particular needs.

If a website doesn’t appear to have any sort of history or credentials, avoid taking an online proofreading course there. Anyone can open a site and pretend to have the expertise to run a course. Don’t get tricked into wasting your money on amateur sites.

Choose the type of course you require

You’ll want to pick the type of editing or proofreading you want to get into. You also need to pick what kind of training you need more of. If you’re looking for help with grammar, you’ll want to specifically look at an online proofreading course that addresses your weaknesses, as well as the area you want to enter. If you need an overall learning experience, you’ll want to find a course that is more general.

Read through the types of lessons the online proofreading course offers before paying for anything. You don’t want to end up taking a course that is beyond (or far below) your skill level.

An online proofreading course with assessments

You may remember the days in school where a test or exam was the biggest thing to fear. However, assessments are important in the learning process and in retaining knowledge. When you’re starting your career, you need to be sure you have the tools you need when you need them.

Assessments throughout the online proofreading course are important; also look for other methods and teaching tools that will help you learn the information, such as mini quizzes or games.

Preparation for the field

It’s not enough to just have the skills in the competitive market of editing and proofreading. When looking for proofreading jobs , you want to find an online proofreading course that will provide expert advice on the business. A good course will inform you about the options you have once you start your career. It’s not a good move to go into your career without knowing what to expect or the rates you should be asking for. It is becoming increasingly common for companies to underpay their freelancers to save money. This results in editors, proofreaders, and writers working for far less than what they deserve and what will sustain their livelihood.

Furthermore, you need to know about the different types of editing (if you are not already aware) that you may eventually get into. Once you’ve completed the course, you may be surprised to learn that the type of editing you expected to get involved with isn’t the type you want to do. Keep your mind open and pay attention to any information you get about working in each specific field.

Don’t worry about the hassle of looking for a helpful course, try out ProofreadingCamp, the premier online proofreading course !

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