proof reading

We edit assignments and theses for students, giving grammar instruction at the same time.

For businesses we also proofread and write copy.

Our services are not outsourced, all work is done in house.

“Julie Martyn responded extremely quickly to my initial email and was extremely professional throughout my dealings with her. She provided me with prompt and constructive feedback and suggestions to improve the writing of my thesis. It was fantastic to have someone like Julie, with an extensive knowledge of scientific writing, to have a final look at my thesis and ensure that the work I submitted was the highest quality possible. Thank you Julie for all your help and going above and beyond in proofreading my lengthy work. I would highly recommend Julie to anyone looking for a professional and helpful proof reader to ensure the highest mark possible for any piece of assessment.”

Camille Percival

Bachelor of Environment Management – Sustainable Development Honours

“Thank you very much, Julie. You did excellent work. I can take it from here and move forward now.”

Kazi Arif-Uz-Zaman

Masters Student, Engineering

“Julie did a great job proof reading my diploma thesis in mathematics. She answered all my questions immediately and finished her work faster than I would have expected. I am going to recommend her to my friends.”

Katharina Schmit from Germany, who received 1.0 for her thesis, the best possible grade

“Thank you so much Julie for all your help. Your constructive comments when I first spoke to you were what snapped me out of the slump that I had fallen into and encouraged me to take a fresh look at the thesis.

Thanks again, Tina”

Australian Bachelor of Science – Animal Studies Honours graduate, UQ

“Thank you again for your proofreading, it was really helpful. I wrote concluding remarks on each paragraph where you showed me and, because of you, my argument has become more coherent. You gave me a lot of inspiration on my final assignment, I was wondering how I should do it.

Thank you for your work! Larry”

Korean Bachelor of Arts – Media Studies graduate, UQ

 

“I have no hesitation in supplying this letter of reference for Grammarfun. In the last year of my degree and employed fulltime in the university system as a vocational education trainer and studying by distance education her services in tutoring are invaluable. Julie Martyn is brilliant in breaking down complicated academic requirements for assignment writing especially paraphrasing, correct sentence structure and use of verbs and plurals. Also, wanting to learn and improve my writing skills I knew I couldn’t do it on my own so with Julie’s skills, qualifications and passion for grammar my journey of successful academic assignment continues.”

Rachelle Bice

Australian Bachelor of Learning and Teaching graduate, UNE

 

“I submitted the essay you edited for me and the result is quite high, 84%. And my final grade for that course is 7. I am very happy, thank you so much for your helpful comments and correction.”

AUSAID scholarship student

Vietnamese Masters of Applied Linguistics graduate, UQ

 

SERVICES FOR STUDENTS

With all the work that goes into researching and writing, sometimes you just need that extra help at the end to get it right.

With proofreading we focus on spelling, punctuation, sentence structure and paragraphing. We also check for consistency of terms throughout the whole assignment.

Editing answers questions like these:

Is the message of the research clearly communicated? Does it flow well? Are all the terms defined appropriately? Are the arguments well developed? Is there any repetition?

PhD, Master’s and Honours level students who are writing a thesis usually get this sort of help from their supervisors. You may find the second level of help useful when you are writing an undergraduate assignment.

ABOUT JULIE MARTYN

Julie Martyn has edited Ph. D. and Master’s theses as well as assignments for undergraduate students in subject areas such as applied mathematics, business, environmental science, demography, forestry, international politics, theology and more. She has taught English as a second language and mainstream classes, specialising in writing and research techniques, in the Middle East, South East Asia and South America. At three Brisbane universities, she has taught academic preparation classes, with a strong emphasis on writing skills.

She has produced one book and several articles and was contracted as a consultant proof reader for the Griffith University International Students’ Association.

For undergraduate students when sending work for proof reading, please also send the assignment question and any appropriate style guide and referencing requirements specific to the School or Faculty you are studying with. Your work will be returned promptly with corrections and some explanations.

A SPELLCHECK WON’T FIX IT ALL

How many times have you used the spellcheck and found there are still glaring errors in your writing? Or even worse, someone else has found them for you? Spellcheck programs have become more sophisticated and try to offer grammar checking. If you have used them, you will have used the ignore button often enough. You may be presented with some obscure rule that doesn’t apply. Alternatively, you may need to teach it a lot of names and other words it wasn’t programmed with. Recently I was asked if I wanted to replace “boss’s” with “bass’s”. No thanks, I didn’t!

As grammar geeks, we have sometimes mentioned to retail staff that e.g. “frittatas” does not need ‘s, neither does “coffees”. The sad part is that we have been told more than once that the spellcheck was used, and that it must be American spelling. If this is true then Microsoft has more to answer for than ever! Who would expect I.T. nerds to be able to spell anyway?

Lovely food looks good anyway but in many businesses you may well be losing money if people do not take your writing seriously.

Grammarfun offers an editing and proofreading service to businesses, for their document templates. We will also give a checklist of common errors found, and how to fix them, which can be used for future document construction.

If your business needs a serious Grammarfun makeover, please contact us.