Editing Tips

Advice on the skills you need as a freelance proofreader and editor. Check out our editing tips and advice to develop your abilities and impress your clients.

  • The Ultimate Glossary of Proofreading and Editing Terms

    The Ultimate Glossary of Proofreading and Editing Terms

    May 20, 2022

    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Vocabulary Tips

    Every new skill brings with it a host of new terminology. For disciplines as complex and varied as proofreading and editing, the terminology can sometimes be overwhelming. But never fear! In today’s extra special post, we bring you the Ultimate Glossary of Proofreading and Editing Terms. Why Is an Editing and Proofreading Glossary Helpful? At […]

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  • A Visit from St. Nicholas (A Festive Proofreading Quiz)

    A Visit from St. Nicholas (A Festive Proofreading Quiz)

    Dec 23, 2021

    • Editing Tips

    Here at Knowadays, we know the best way to improve your proofreading skills is to get lots of practice. And what better way to than with a festive proofreading exercise? All you need to do is copy and paste the poem below into a Microsoft Word document and see how many errors you can spot […]

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5 Tips on How to Write the Perfect Christmas Card

  • Proofreading Tips: Cacti or Cactuses? A Guide to Irregular Plurals

    Dec 11, 2021

    • Editing Tips
    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Spelling

    As a proofreader (or an aspiring one), you should know not all plurals are formed by adding -s to the end of a singular noun. You’ve probably also learned some irregular plurals by heart. But are there rules you should follow here? And how do they work if so? In this post, we’ll look at […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: How to Use the Compare Tool in Microsoft Word

    Dec 10, 2021

    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Proofreading Software and Tools

    When proofreading your clients’ documents, keeping track of all your changes can be a chore. Thankfully, Microsoft Word has tools that can spare you the trouble. One is the Compare tool, a function used to highlight the differences between two documents. This function can be a lifesaver for proofreaders. In this post, we will walk […]

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  • When Can You Use the First Person in Academic Writing?

    Dec 05, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    Many students are taught not to use the first person in academic writing. But is this always the case? And when should a proofreader change or comment on the point of view in scholarly work? In this post, we’ll explain the basics, including: Why the first person is traditionally avoided in academic writing. Differences in […]

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  • How to Proofread: 5 Tips to Help You Proofread Well

    Dec 04, 2021

    • Editing Tips
    • Freelance Tips
    • Lifestyle Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Skills and Experience

    Being a freelance proofreader has many benefits, but it’s not easy. You can know all about spelling, grammar, punctuation, referencing styles, and so on, but that doesn’t necessarily make you a good proofreader. That’s why sometimes it can be useful to rethink your processes to help you work better. In this post, we’ll introduce five […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: A Proofreader's Guide to E.g. and I.e.

    Nov 28, 2021

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Other Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation

    The terms e.g. and i.e. are common, especially in academic writing. As a proofreader, it’s important to know what they mean and how to use them. In this blog post, we give a basic introduction to e.g. and i.e., as well as some common errors to look out for when proofreading. What Do E.g. and […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: What to Do with Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers

    Nov 14, 2021

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    Dangling and misplaced modifiers are common grammar mistakes. In this post, we’ll talk you through how to spot and correct these errors as a proofreader. What Is a Modifier? In grammatical terms, a modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that describes, clarifies, or alters) another word or phrase within a sentence. A modifier might […]

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  • Editing Tips: Editing IMRaD Essays

    Editing Tips: Editing IMRaD Essays

    Nov 11, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    If you do a lot of academic editing or proofreading, chances are you will come across an IMRaD essay. Indeed, you may have worked on several without even knowing it! The term IMRaD stands for Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion, which is a method of structuring essays. It’s worth yourself with this structure because it’s […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: Parentheses and Square Brackets in Chicago Style

    Proofreading Tips: Parentheses and Square Brackets in Chicago Style

    Nov 07, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation
    • Style

    Parentheses and square brackets are punctuation marks used to set off certain bits of information from the main text in a document. They’re not too tricky, but different style guides can have slightly different rules for their usage. And, as a proofreader, you’ll need to check your client’s writing against these rules. This post, then, […]

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