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Proofread Like a Pro

How to catch and mark up errors in any document

4.63 (646 reviews)

Proofread Like a Pro


2 hours


Jun 2021

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What you will learn

How to proofread like a pro

How to use professional proofreading symbols

What to look for when proofreading

Strategies for catching more errors

How to find proofreading work


Would you like to:

· Produce error-free documents every time?

· Use professionally recognised proofreading symbols correctly?

· Know exactly what to look for when proofing any document?

· Learn strategies for catching more mistakes?

· Launch a freelance career as a professional proofreader?

If so, this course is for you.

In this highly detailed and practical proofreading course, you'll learn:

· Strategies for catching more errors – even when proofing in a hurry

· Spelling 'landmines' - and how to avoid them

· The most common errors of punctuation, grammar and syntax

· How to ensure correct use of capitalisation, as well as bold and italic text

· What to look for when fact-checking an article

· How to ensure your document has a consistent style

· How to catch errors in headlines, graphs, charts and tables

· How to proofread academic text

· Tips for proofreading video content

· How to earn an income as a proofreader

You’ll also get detailed instruction on how to use proofreading symbols correctly, to indicate the need to:

· Insert and delete text

· Insert and delete punctuation marks

· Indicate typographical changes (bold, italic etc)

· Raise a question about the text

· Alter the look of paragraphs

· Indicate you've changed your mind about a mark-up


Proofread Like a Pro is a comprehensive course that digs deep into the skills you need to be a successful proofreader. But what really sets this course apart is its practicality.

Proofreading is a skill you learn best by doing. That’s why, in Proofread Like a Pro, you won’t simply be bombarded with information about proofreading. After almost every lecture, you’ll be presented with a proofreading exercise designed to test your understanding of the material – and hone your ability to catch typical errors.

What’s more, as a professional copywriter, Dr Clare Lynch understands time is money. That's why the most often used words in reviews of her courses are 'clear' and 'concise'. So every lecture is punchy, pacey and packed with easy-to-grasp advice. No fluff. No padding. No repetition.


Dr Clare Lynch has a PhD in English literature from the University of Cambridge, where she also now teaches writing skills.

Clare is also an editor, proofreader and professional copywriter with 20+ years’ experience of helping big-name corporate clients get their messages across clearly, accurately, precisely and compellingly.

Clare is also a qualified and highly experienced corporate trainer and facilitator. So she’s been trained to communicate even the most complex, technical ideas in a way that’s memorable, entertaining and addictively engaging.

That's why, in October 2019, Udemy bestowed their Student Success award on Clare for her dedication to her Udemy students.


This course is not a superficial beginner’s guide to proofreading. It’s designed to give you the skills to proofread professionally.

Although the course covers some aspects of grammar, spelling and punctuation, it is not a comprehensive guide to the correct use of English.

To get the most out of this course, you should already have a strong grasp of English grammar, spelling and punctuation.

If that sounds like you, enrol in Proofread Like a Pro today!


Introduction to proofreading

Is this proofreading course for you?

Essential skills and tools for enrolling in this proofreading course

Download your course ebook

Activity: Assess your current proofreading skills

What do proofreaders do?

What is expected of a proofreader?

Proofreading best practices

Proofreading in a hurry

Proofreading symbols

Introduction to the proofreading symbols

Proofreading symbols for inserting and deleting text

Activity: Proofreading symbols for inserting and deleting text

Proofreading symbols for inserting punctuation marks

Activity: Proofreading symbols for inserting punctuation marks

Proofreading symbols for indicating typographical changes

Activity: Symbols for indicating typographical changes

Other useful proofreading marks

Activity: Other useful proofreading marks

Proofreading text: what to look for

Proofreading for spelling

Activity: Proofreading for spelling errors

Proofreading for repeated and missing words

Activity: Proofreading for repeated and missing words

Proofreading for grammar and syntax

Activity: Proofreading for grammar and syntax

Proofreading for punctuation

Activity: Proofreading for punctuation

Proofreading for capitalisation

Activity: Proofreading for capitalisation

Proofreading for typographical issues

Activity: Proofreading for typographical issues

Proofreading for factual accuracy

Activity: Proofreading for factual accuracy

Proofing for consistency

Activity: Proofreading for consistency

Proofreading elements other than body text: what to look out for

Proofreading headings and subheadings

Activity: Proofreading headings and subheadings

Proofreading charts, tables and other graphical devices

Activity: Proofreading charts, tables and other graphical devices

Proofreading academic citations

Activity: Proofreading academic citations

Proofreading video content

Activity: Proofreading video content

Answers to video proofing exercise

Working as a proofreader

How to find work as a proofreader

Activity: Market your proofreading skills

How much to charge for your proofreading services

Final thoughts

Activity: additional proofreading exercises

Congratulations on finishing this proofreading course!

Bonus lecture: Check out my other courses


Sandra12 October 2020

I really appreciated having the workbook and exercises available to download. It made it easy to follow along and these may be useful as future reference materials. The course was a good overview of many facets of proofreading and allowed me to pinpoint areas where I need further study.

Tara9 October 2020

I am brand new to proof reading. This course has kept my motivation up and I am excited to continue.

Margaret29 September 2020

These lessons included a lot of small details that I would not have previously considered. I feel much more confident in my skills after completing this course.

Kate29 September 2020

If you're interested in proofreading professionally, this course is a fantastic place to start. Dr Lynch delivers clear and concise lectures throughout and provides students with plenty of additional downloadable information to retain for future reference. There are also plenty of activities where students can test their newly-acquired knowledge as they progress. All in all, a brilliant introduction to the world of proofreading!

Karen28 September 2020

This is a very interesting and informative course. I would highly recommend it. Excellent value for money.

Riadus28 September 2020

Everything straight to the point, hands-on. Comprehensive; covers everything from detailing best practices of proofreading to employing the skill in earning.

Lillian27 September 2020

This course exceeded my expectations! I had taken several other "proofreading" courses prior and they were a let down. In this course there was a lecture and instruction. After most lectures there were exercises to test what we had learned, as well as information covered in previous sections. It helped a lot to put to practice what I had learned, and sadly it had me thinking I need a whole lot more practice. Luckily, there are additional exercises included for more practice. This course covered different styles from different countries, and I'm in the US. The instructor, however, is in the UK and the proofreading symbols she presented differed somewhat from the ones I have seen in a previous course, especially the most important one for "delete," which I have now seen as 3 different symbols. The topic of electronic proofreading was not covered at all, and I have read of courses where the proofreading is done on an I-pad using an app instead of paper and proofreading symbols. For myself I prefer using an electronic method to read and want to look into that further. That said, the course covered a lot of material and the instructor was open to questions and answered them in a timely manner.

Michelle23 September 2020

Good course with thorough, clear and concise information. Impressed with the additional activities, Clare is very knowledgeable and that comes through in her lectures. Looking forward to completing a few of her other courses soon.

SunShine21 September 2020

Amazing and very helpful for beginners to the world of proofreading. The teacher is very engaged with each video, and it felt as if she was talking to me directly. Great course!

Brenda15 September 2020

Clare Lynch was a great instructor. She was clear and concise in her lectures. I found her lectures to be informative and insightful. I can say that I have definitely gained proofreading skills by taking this course.

Danielle7 September 2020

I usually have to pause my Udemy videos to type important notes, but with this course I could focus my full attention on each lecture, knowing that the course materials include a handy workbook that contains all the content from the lectures. I also love that there are many opportunities to practice and hone my proofreading skills.

Cristine6 September 2020

This is the 3rd of Clare's courses that I have taken, and each one has been excellent. The information is timely and up-to-date. Clare is a very good speaker. Her videos are well-produced and easy to follow. I also appreciate all the links and downloadable information she provides, as well as the ample opportunities to practice. Ready for my next class!

Kari25 May 2020

After proofreading my own work for some time, I felt I needed a refresher. Clare's highly informative and detailed course has taught me - just as I hoped it would - that however long you have been doing an activity such as proofreading, there is always something new to learn. Clare's teaching style is engaging, succinct and instructive, and the exercises accompanying each session were excellent. I found the sessions on the less obvious aspects of proofreading, such as graphic and visual elements and academic citations, particularly useful. Highly recommended, not just for anyone coming to proofreading new but also to those looking to refresh their skills.

Yvonne23 May 2020

So far I am really enjoying this course, Clare is an excellent teacher and always holds your attention as she makes the course so interesting.

Kirstin23 May 2020

An interesting, engaging and comprehensive guide to proofreading. Clare has a great teaching style and provides lots of valuable exercises and resources.


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