Professional Editing Services for Non-Native English Speakers
Proof My Essay provides proofreading and academic editing services catering specifically for students and academics whose first language is not English. We understand the frustrations that overseas students experience when their work receives lower marks than that of their peers simply because of their relative lack of English-language fluency. Similarly, academics for whom English is not their first language may have difficulty getting their work published in English-language journals. For all such people, whether you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student, an academic or business professional, we can provide the service you need so that your work reads just as well — if not better — than that of your native English-speaking counterparts.
The Importance of Writing in Clear Academic English
Some people argue that students’ work should be assessed not in terms of the quality of their English language but rather solely in terms of the quality of their research, arguments and ideas. However, the reality is that lecturers, tutors and examiners are far more likely to mark a student’s work down or even fail it unless it evinces at least a minimal level of proficiency in academic English. Since the standards of academic writing are exceptionally high, this can be a problem for all students, but is especially difficult for those for whom English is not their native tongue.
Many overseas students have an excellent level of understanding of their subjects but lack the fluency and proficiency to communicate their ideas in lucid written English. Although they know precisely what they want to say, they have trouble formulating it in a clear, intelligible and compelling way.
Given that every piece of work you submit at university must compete for the examiner’s attention among dozens of others, it is vitally important that your claims and arguments are easily understood. If your level of English is poor, this will not only distract your examiner’s attention from the content of your writing, but may also render the meaning of your claims and arguments incomprehensible. Since any claims or arguments that cannot be readily understood by your examiner will cost you valuable marks, it’s crucial that you have your essays professionally proofread and edited before you submit them. This is the case not only for the arts and humanities, where the quality of writing contributes significantly to the final grade, but for any subject or course module in which written work makes up a sizeable component. Needless to say, it is even more important when it comes to submitting work for academic journals or publishing houses.
British English and American English
Another stumbling block for international students is that the conventions of English writing can be very different from those of their native language. Such differences may include the length of sentences and paragraphs, the use of punctuation, apostrophes, parentheses, quotation marks and capital letters, and many other grammatical and stylistic features.
To add to the confusion, international students soon become aware of the truth behind the saying that the UK and the US are ‘two nations divided by a common language’. In other words, there are significant differences between British and American English not only in terms of spelling conventions but also vocabulary, idioms, verb morphology, collective nouns, prepositions, the use of quotation marks, citation styles, and many other grammatical, lexical and stylistic conventions. Again, while these differences may be confusing for native speakers of English, they are especially bewildering for students for whom English may be their second or third language.
Because of these differences between British and American English, when looking for proofreading or editing services, international students studying at UK universities (or other universities at which British English is used) should be careful to make sure that they are searching for “UK proofreading services” or “proofreading services UK”. Similarly, those who study in countries in which American English is used should search for “US proofreading services” or “proofreading services US”. At Proof My Essay, however, we are able to cover both, and will ask you which you require when you order. This means that you don’t need to worry about such things, and can concentrate solely on the content of your assignments. Our proofreaders and editors will make all the necessary changes on your behalf in order to ensure that your work consistently conforms to either British or American conventions.
Ensuring Your Work is Accurate — and Plagiarism-Free
A further problem commonly experienced by overseas students is that of accurately summarising the literature they are required to read. This requires paraphrasing the work of academics in your own words — a task which is very challenging for all students, but again, all the more so when English is not your first language. One risk here is that in trying to find suitable equivalent ways of expressing the ideas you come across in the literature, you misrepresent the views of the authors being discussed. Given the importance of demonstrating a high level of comprehension and understanding, this will lose you valuable marks on any course module.
An even worse risk, however, is that if you paraphrase what is said in the literature too closely you may be accused of plagiarism. If that happens, your work will be failed and you may even be forced to leave the course. Due to the problems of summarising and paraphrasing in a language other than your native tongue, this has happened to many international students over the years, whose professional reputation has been seriously damaged as a result.
Clearly, none of these risks are worth taking. Happily, however, there is a solution at hand…
Transforming Your Writing into Perfect Academic English
For all international students and academics experiencing the kinds of problems outlined above, we recommend that you send your work to us for editing and proofreading before submitting it. Our professional academic editors will ensure that your written work accurately reflects the quality of your research and presents your work in the best possible light. You will be delighted with the way our academic editors are able to transform your writing into flawless academic English so that it reads as well as that of any native speaker. Our plagiarism scans also mean that we will be able to catch any sentences that are too close to those of your sources and rewrite them in a way that retains their intended meaning. Our dedicated editors will work hard to present your research, arguments, claims and ideas in the best possible light. There is simply no better way for you to achieve the grades or recognition that your academic work truly merits.
Our Professional Proofreaders and Editors
We employ proofreaders and editors who have worked for the most prestigious academic journals and university presses. All are native English speakers and hold advanced degrees from prestigious British universities. They have proven track records of transforming the work of international students and academics into limpid academic English.
Whether your work is an essay, report, presentation, research proposal, MA/MSc dissertation or PhD thesis, we will ensure that your manuscript is prepared to the highest professional standards, ready for submission to universities, journals and publishing houses. Once you’ve sent your essay, dissertation, thesis or research paper to receive the professional treatment of one of our academic editors, you can rest safe in the knowledge that your ideas will be expressed clearly, effectively, and in flawless academic English.
What Our Professional Proofreading Services Can Do For You
Our professional editors can:
- Amend your work so that it reads like that of a native student or academic while retaining your ideas and arguments
- Improve your word choice, structure, tense, tone and flow of ideas without altering the underlying concepts
- Conform your writing to the conventions of either British or American English and ensure consistency of the same
- Paraphrase and rewrite your sentences so that they read more eloquently, like those of a native English academic
- Rewrite/paraphrase any sentences picked up by our plagiarism scan to ensure you are not accused of cheating
- Clarify any ambiguities or equivocations of expression
- Fix all spelling, grammatical, punctuation and typographical errors
- Amend mistakes that would not be picked up by automatic spelling and grammar checkers (e.g. those involving homonyms, compounds, proper nouns, and word meanings)
- Make sure your key claims and arguments stand out clearly
- Rewrite badly structured and stilted sentences
- Streamline overwrought sentences to improve readability
- Remove or complete all sentence fragments
- Correct any confusing switches of tense
- Clarify any ambiguous uses of pronouns
- Break up or shorten overlong sentences and paragraphs
- Eliminate repetition and redundancy
- Ensure correct usage of English idioms
- Ensure consistency of referencing and citation style
- Ensure that technical vocabulary is used correctly
- Format your work to professional standards, improving layout, margins, line spacing, paragraph breaks and fonts
- Ensure your citation-style, footnotes, pagination, margins, font and layout all conform to your university’s specified guidelines
- Professionally format your table of contents, bibliography, references, lists of figures, charts, diagrams, graphs and tables
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Our Four Levels of Service Explained
We offer four different levels of service for international students, as follows:
Proofreading — This service ensures that your work is free from spelling, punctuation, grammatical and typographical errors. You will receive two copies of your work, one of which will show all the changes we have made so that you can check them for yourself and learn from them for future assignments.
Proofreading Plus — In addition to the above, this service includes the complete professional formatting of your work so that it is ready for electronic submission – or to be printed and bound – as soon as you receive it. We will provide a thorough checking and cross-checking of your references. We will ensure that your citation style, footnotes, pagination, margins, font and layout all conform to your university’s specified guidelines. We will professionally format your table of contents and bibliography, as well as any lists of figures, charts, diagrams, graphs or tables.
Academic Editing — This service ensures that your work is free from spelling, punctuation, grammatical and typographical errors. We will work on your paper’s sentence structure, use of terminology, layout, and overall consistency. We will clarify any awkward, unclear or overly complicated text, and remove any redundant words. We will ensure that all arguments are clear, concise, and logically coherent. We will amend your language to make it more academic, improve your structure and style, and ensure you have used the correct technical vocabulary. You will receive two copies of your work, one of which will show all the changes we have made so that you can check them for yourself and learn from them for future assignments.
Academic Editing Plus — In addition to all the above, this service also includes the complete professional formatting of your work so that it is ready for electronic submission — or to be printed and bound — as soon as you receive it. We will provide a thorough checking and cross-checking of your references. We will ensure that your citation-style, footnotes, pagination, margins, font and layout all conform to your university’s specified guidelines. We will professionally format your table of contents and bibliography, as well as any lists of figures, charts, diagrams, graphs or tables.
What You Will Receive — and How it Will Improve Your Academic English
With all our services you’ll be provided with two fully edited copies of your work. One of these will be a highlighted ‘track changes’ version, enabling you to accept or reject any given alteration with a simple click. It also means you can see exactly what changes have been made, and from this you’ll be able to learn how to improve your writing when it comes to future assignments. Having inspected these changes and corrections, the next time you come to write an essay you’ll know where to focus your attention and which mistakes to avoid. This will both improve your academic English and give you more confidence in the work you submit. And as for the other, unmarked version, if you’re happy with what we’ve done, you can simply print it out and submit it right away!
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