Proofreading for students

Have you spent hours in the library researching your dissertation or thesis? Been up all night finishing it off – just one last change here; oh, and another there – and before you know it, it's daylight again? You could probably do with a fresh pair of eyes to eliminate any lingering errors: let me help reduce the stress so that you can take a well-earned break.

When your dissertation or thesis is almost ready for submission, I will give it a final polish, proofreading the main text, references and any tables as required. However, as the work must be your own, the standard service I provide in this situation is strictly limited to correcting surface-level errors only, such as spelling, grammar, punctuation, stylistic consistency, spacing and formatting, as well as highlighting any phrases which are unclear.

I use the Track Changes function in Microsoft Word, which makes it easy for you to work your way through the amendments without having to re-type them back into the original document. I would advise, if possible, allowing at least one week between receiving the corrected text and the date of submission, in order to check that you are happy with each change.

If this sounds like what you need, do get in touch to request a quote. Please make sure you let me know:


  • the total word count of the main text (or a rough estimate if you haven't finished writing yet), including any appendices

  • the number of references and/or tables (if checking required)

  • the deadline for proofreading

  • the date you plan to send the manuscript to me.


Some students prefer to check general and reference formatting themselves in order to save expense, so please make your requirements clear in this respect.

Important note: Some universities do not allow their students to use a proofreader. Others have specific guidelines and/or restrictions regarding this. Please ensure before booking that your place of study does allow you to use such services. If your place of study does allow this but has specific guidelines or restrictions, I would still be happy to work for you but those guidelines will take precedence over my own standard service for students, and must be provided with or in advance of the manuscript itself. It is your responsibility to find out your university's policy and to inform me of it.

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