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How do I train to be a proofreader?


First it’s best to decide what kind of person you are and what kind of studying fits best into your lifestyle:

  • do you prefer to learn with others at a set pace, or would you rather study alone at a pace that suits you?

  • how much are you prepared to invest in a course?

Luckily, there are proofreading courses to suit most pockets and study preferences – the most popular being residential or home study courses. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Residential Courses
Residential courses are usually more expensive, but you’ll have the advantage of a teacher being present. They are usually over a weekend, so you’ll spend a period of time learning the theory and techniques. Then you’ll put your new knowledge into practice on example scripts. All this will take place in a classroom environment so you’ll be able to:

  • ask questions and have answers there and then

  • work with and learn from other students

  • have immediate feedback on how well you’ve done

  • learn what you need to know in very short space of time

Home-study Courses
Home-study courses, on the other hand, will be less expensive, but you will have to work your way through the course by yourself. This requires discipline and motivation. Plus, any questions that you need answering will take more time as you’ll have to contact your tutor and wait for a response. However, they do offer much more flexibility, allowing you to:

  • study whereever you like

  • study when it suits you

  • continue in your day to day routine.

It does mean that it will take you longer to complete your course, but the advantage is there’s no pressure to keep up with others in your class.

Variations of the two types of course described above are online courses – where all the learning and communication is carried out over the internet, possibly with tele-classes or video demonstrations – and night classes which work in much the same way as residential courses.

So, as you can see, there really are courses to suit all pockets and all preferences. If you want to learn more about proofreading and how you can become a full or part-time proofreader why not request a free brochure about our course.