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Proofreading : Introduction

  204 reviews

One Day Course


This practical one day course delivers the proofreading skills needed to identify and correct mistakes so that copy achieves maximum impact.

You will cover how to read thoroughly and accurately and how to spot and correct the common spelling, grammar and punctuation errors that can ruin good copy.

This course makes extensive use of exercises to build your proofreading skills and confidence. You need no previous proofreading experience to attend this course.

Public Course Dates & Pricing

  • Public Courses

    Small class sizes so you get the maximum amount of trainer time possible. You attend with delegates from other companies.

    A great, cost efficient way to learn, discounts are also available for group bookings.


    Discount Info
  • Private Courses

    One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

    We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

    From £499 + VAT per day

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Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Functions of a proofreader
    • Approaches to proofreading
    • How to read thoroughly and accurately
    • Proofreading on paper and on screen

    Proofreading and editing marks
    • Understanding proofreader's marks and terminology
    • Commonly used terms: ens, ems, points, picas
    • Different types of proof
    • The dangers of relying on grammar or spelling checkers
    • Keeping a proofreading checklist

    Spotting mistakes
    • Dealing with tables and complicated pages
    • How to read and correct page proofs
    • Cutting and making lines

  • Punctuation
    • Punctuation marks defined
    • Common punctuation errors
    • Deviating from the usual proofreading rules
    • Spelling and punctuation tips
    • Regularly misspelt words

    • Avoiding common errors
    • Changes in current usage

    Working with the author
    • The role of tact

    Avoiding the common pitfalls
    • Misspelling headlines
    • Wrong telephone numbers or email addresses
    • Incorrect prices
    • Misplaced headlines or captions

    Practical proofreading exercises

    Questions and answers
Experience + Flexibility

We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

Tell us you need to cancel 5 working days before your course and there’s no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

Tell us which you use and it'll be booted up and waiting with the latest software when you arrive.

We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

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Our Clients

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We know that choosing the best course can be difficult, maybe the thoughts of the 14704 other clients we've asked will give you the inspiration to join us too.

The most recent comments from attendees of our courses are shown below. We reckon they will give you a pretty good indication of how they think we perform.

  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed14704
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.7%

  Recent Feedback

"Providing info in an engaging way, plenty of refreshments"

"Building up levels of difficulty throughout the day"

"Being approachable. Felt comfortable to ask questions"

"Patsy was very enthusiastic and very knowledge for every question that we asked her."

"Very good introduction/refresher to a bunch of proofreading concepts. Would recommend for my team "

"Friendly environment and trainer was very helpful"

"Good examples, trainer moved at a good pace."

"Food was excellent and nice environment"

"Friendly atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable trainer"

"The size of the class is great, great for discussions and debates. The environment (building + staff were super friendly). Piers was very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about the issue!"

"Good balance of trainer explaining, discussion with the group, and independent exercises."

"Everything was great :)"

"Lovely trainer, very useful grammar and punctuation referesh "

"top tips, explanations, hospitality "

"Trainer was very knowledgeable and deeply explained sentence structure... Wish we had her when I was at school!"

"well timed breaks, interesting content"

"Instructor was knowledgeable and engaging, refreshments were always readily available, facilities were clean and modern."

"Very informative and very friendly/comfortable enviroment"

"Very engaging and friendly trainer with vast knowledge and experience. Great course materials and very useful lessons. Excellent food. Great facilities. "

"Very informative"

"everything was great - lovely facilities and people and great learning environment. Really enjoyed it"

"Great space. facilities. Small classes "

"good basic knowledge and salient points of proofreading, clean room, good computers, small groups"


"The organisation, the handouts, the clarity of information, the friendliness of the instructor, and much more. "

"Everything. I had a lovely day and learnt a lot. Thoroughly enjoyed it!"

"It was very organised and hands-on which made it easy to retain the information. Class size was also good which made it easier to have valuable discussions"

"Piers answered all our questions with thought and good humour. "

"Trainer was excellent and nice building too"

"really informative - learnt a lot "

"The course instructor was very knowledgeable. It was a really useful course and I feel confident applying the techniques learnt."

"Everything - quick communication, great and easy location and fantastic trainer"

"Food and drink was great and the breaks were well spaced. Facilities were lovely. My course itself was well organised and the trainer was knowledgable and very well prepared. It was an enjoyable and useful day. Many thanks all."

"Lovely venue"

"Good at explaining, very helpful "