Do you want to learn how to proofread?

Build your résumé or start accepting freelance assignments without starting a business.

Proofreading is a highly marketable skill. If you aspire to become a blogger or content writer, you must improve your ability to find errors in written material. If you want to upgrade your skills without starting a proofreading business, this class is for you. "Everyday Proofreading Skills" is a non-intimidating way for beginners to understand and develop their ability to find and correct errors in print and digital documents.
Before diving into this course, you must ensure that your grammar skills are pretty good, since effective, overall proofreading relies on top-notch grammar skills. Also, you must already be a pretty good writer to catch mistakes.
  • If you need a grammar refresher, we offer two excellent grammar courses to boost your skills: "Core Grammar Essentials" and "Business Grammar Bootcamp." Learn more about these classes by clicking "All Courses" above or visiting the website: www.startproofreadingnow.com.

What You Get

As an individual (single user) taking this class for personal or professional development, you have full access to class materials for your specified time of enrollment (no expiration for lifetime access). You must complete all lessons and surveys to receive your certificate. Learn at your own pace. The instructor retains all copyright ownership for all of the materials presented in this course. Any resources not directly written by the instructor are duly noted and properly cited. Students are expected to abide by fair use laws when printing course materials. No part of this course may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the author.

  • Video Lessons
    Lecture Slides
    Quizzes
    PDF Handouts

  • Lifetime Access

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Easy Payment via PayPal or Stripe (which also includes Alipay, Bancontact, EPS, WeChat Pay, giropay, iDEAL, Multibanco, SOFORT, and P24).

Course Curriculum

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  • 1

    Getting Started

    • Welcome!

    • Viewing the Lessons

    • Video: Downloading Materials

  • 2

    Grammar Assessment

    • Quiz: Grammar Jump-start

    • Text: Your Grammar Toolkit

  • 3

    Proofreader Expectations

    • Video: Proofreader Expectations

    • Slides: Proofreader Expectations

    • Quiz: Proofreader Expectations

  • 4

    Preparing to Proofread

    • Video: Proofreading Prep

    • Slides: Proofreading Prep

    • Video: Proofreader Errors

    • Slides: Proofreader Errors

    • Practice: Sample Email

  • 5

    Proofreading Tips

    • Video: Proofreading Tips

    • Slides: Proofreading Tips

    • On-screen Exercise #1

    • Answers: On-screen #1

    • Quiz: Proofing Tips

  • 6

    Proofreading Strategies

    • Video: Proofreading Strategies

    • Slides: Proofreading Strategies

    • On-screen Exercise #2

    • Answers: On-screen #2

    • Quiz: Sample Agenda

  • 7

    Proofreading Marks

    • Video: Proofreading Marks

    • Slides: Proofreading Marks

    • Handout: Proofreading Marks

    • Quiz: Proofing Marks

  • 8

    Proofreader Hotspots

    • Video: Error Hotspots

    • Slides: Error Hotspots

    • Exercise: Characters

    • Answers: Characters

  • 9

    Proofreading for Spelling

    • Video: Spelling Tips

    • Slides: Spelling Tips

    • Exercise: Spelling

    • Answers: Spelling

    • Quiz: Spelling Errors

  • 10

    Proofreading for Capitalization

    • Video: Capitalization

    • Slides: Capitalization Rules

    • Exercise: Capitalization

    • Answers: Capitalization

    • Quiz: Capitalization

  • 11

    Proofreading for Numbers

    • Video: General Notes

    • Slides: General Rules

    • Slides: Numbers as Words

    • Slides: Numbers as Numerals

    • PDF: Numbers Exercise

    • Answers: Numbers Exercise

    • Quiz: Numbers

  • 12

    Proofreading Test

    • PDF: Proofreading Test

    • PDF: Test Answers

  • 13

    Before You Finish

    • Audio: Conclusion

    • Your Certificate

    • Proofreading Books

    • Grammar Books

    • New Copyediting Book

    • Course Review

FAQs

  • Why should I take your classes?

    • Meet employer demands for good writers and proofreaders.
    • Build your résumé with marketable writing skills and earn more money.
    • Learn new skills for career pivots or to start a home-based writing/editing/proofreading business.
    • Improve your writing to achieve academic success.
    • Upgrade your writing skills to produce engaging media content.
  • Is there a time limit on enrollment?

    Most classes for individual users come with lifetime access. If not, please note the class duration and complete the course before the expiration date (if any).

  • Why are there no refunds?

    All enrollments are final. No refunds. Our courses have taken copious amounts of time, energy, and personal finances to build. We are confident that all of our courses deliver the exact instruction you need to improve your writing skills. Please take our low-cost introductory class, "Grammar Essentials Jump-start" to get a good feel for the value you receive at such affordable prices. You will not be disappointed!

  • When will I receive my certificate?

    When you have completed all class assignments, you will receive a certificate within 24-48 hours after you have finished the class, not to exceed 7 days after you finish, depending on holidays and high class volumes.

Your Instructor

Ashan R. Hampton

Instructor Bio

Ashan R. Hampton has worked as an English instructor in higher education for over 20 years. She is a proud graduate of the Donaghey Scholars Program under the direction of Dr. C. Earl Ramsey, Emeritus. With her doctoral studies on hold, Ashan has found success in online education. She produces and teaches original writing and grammar courses for global audiences. Outside of academics, Ashan worked for short stints in the corporate world as a technical writer, website designer, digital content coordinator, proofreader and legal editor. She is also a self-published author who has recently released multiple books on grammar, writing, proofreading and copyediting, now available on Amazon, Lulu, and other popular booksellers. All book titles and ordering information are posted on her website at: www.arhampton.com.