How A Professional Editor Can Improve Your Essay And Up Your Grades

Why Editing Academic Essays Is Important

If you are one of those students who takes time to edit, proofread, and critique your own essays before they are handed in I applaud you.

No really; some essays are a nightmare to read, or even decipher.

If your professor is struggling to understand you they’re going to become frustrated, stressed, and angry. They might think you haven’t prepared at all, and the likely outcome is a low grade. For some people this is a result of lack of work or understanding, but for many it’s just miscommunication and poor articulation. In these scenarios the help of a professional editor and proofreader can make all the difference.

 

The Benefits Of Hiring An Essay Editor

The benefits of having your essay looked at by a professional proofreader and editor are many;

  1. A Fresh View; when we review our own work we fill in the gaps and skip typos (unintentionally) because our minds expect to see what we think we have written. Having a fresh pair of eyes to edit and proofread your essay can catch small typos and errors.
  2. An Extra Set Of Hands; when the end of the year rolls around deadlines begin to pile up. When you have three or four essays to finish in a short space of time, handing them off to an editor for proofreading can take some of the stress off of your shoulders.
  3. Development And Growth; a good editor and proofreader will also provide you with feedback and suggestions for improvement. If you act upon this advice you may well end up writing better essays first time round in the future.
  4. A Head And Shoulders Above The Rest; if you wish to stand out as a student who is really seeking to get ahead it is key that you always make your deadlines and that your essays are consistently high-quality. An editor can put a little extra polish on your hard work.

 

Making Sure You Get The Most from Your Essay Editor;

Whenever you pay for a service you want to be sure that you are getting the best deal for your money. Here’s how you can do that when you pay for essay editing services;

  1. Ask To See Their Write Up; most editors will work on a word document these days, so seeing their original comments and thoughts is as easy as asking for it. Sometimes you’ll get an old-fashioned person (like me) who works on hard copy – check which your editor is and ask to see their original write-up if they work on paper.
  2. Ask For Critique; as well as seeing their original notes, ask your editor to sum up what they think you do right and wrong overall. This will help you to understand why they recommended certain changes.
  3. Get An Editor Who Does Multi-Draft Work; most proofreaders and editors will be happy to go back and forth with you if you need to have your essay re-touched, but multi-draft work is something you should raise from the start. If you let an editor know that you will be coming back to them for a full re-evaluation after you make edits they’ll ensure they have the time to really help you.
  4. Talk Numbers; proofreaders and editors are busy and skilled people. In short, they need to be paid. However, if you plan on giving someone a lot of business they make work out a better rate for you, especially if you pay up front.
  5. Leave Your Ego At Home; remember, when you hire an editor or proofreader their job is to help you improve, not to flatter you. They will give you constructive criticism where it is needed; do not take it personally.

 

If you’re in need of an essay proofreader or editor you can see what services I offer, or contact me.

 

 

 

 

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Articles 11 and 13: Why You Should Worry

Somehow, we’ve gotten to the point where, with just over three weeks to go, the internet as we know it is about to change indelibly for the worse. Yes, for those of you in the know I am talking about the EU’s proposed Copyright Directive. This new directive will be debated on the 20th and 21st of June 2018, and could honestly be bad news for our internet.
 
Now many educated and intelligent people have trodden over this ground already. As such I’m not going to dive too deep into the nitty-gritty. Instead I’m going to break down
the ways this could go tits up for fandoms, content creators, small websites, blogs, and small news outlets. 
ARTICLE 11, IF PASSED, WILL

 

Make It Harder To Utilise News In Your Content; 

  • It creates broad rights of ownership in terms of news and other information. The rights will be territorial and they will stack which means you could face a spaghetti junction of copyright and ownership red tape before you ever get to discuss, dissemble, or report news on a small scale.

 

Make News And Blogging Pay To Play;

  • The huge onslaught of rights for established players would send transaction costs through the roof. Permissions would need to be sought for pretty much any usage.
  • Using the smallest part of press coverage, unless its for private use, would see you running into a paywall.
  • Small news outlets will be priced out of business, as will informal news blogs.

 

Help Big News Will Again

  • The pay-to-win dynamics mentioned above will likely make existing power imbalances worse. 
  • Photographers, citizen journalists, freelancers, and non-institutional creators will be priced out of business.

 

Furthermore, a collective of 169 European Academics (two thirds of which are full professors) found that Article 11 actually provides no protection from fake news and there is “no sound economic case” for its introduction.

 

ARTICLE 13, IF PASSED, WILL

Make Coding Utter Hell; 

  • One of the most contested parts of Article 13 involves the idea of mandatory content filtering via “censorship machines”. These have caused concerns for reasons of privacy, free speech, and doubts about their actual effectiveness… However, it’s the effect on small software developers that could be really catastrophic.
  • Abby Vollmera discussed how this will be a nightmare for code-sharing platforms which operate on the basis that creators want to share their code.
  • Now, false positives are likely for these filters anyway, but with code it becomes much more likely. Requiring code share platforms to automatically scan and remove “offending” code will drastically impact software developers.

 

No Parodies, No remixes, No Memes

  • With the definition of rights becoming so broad, so vague, and so changeable from country to country there’s a very high chance that remixes, parodies, and memes will be put at risk.
  • Such user generated content could be seen as a breach of copyright and make those who create and share it at risk of losing it suddenly, or even in the path of legal action.

 

So, What’s The Tea?

If you create, share, enjoy, or otherwise follow non-mainstream news, fanart, memes, creator content, or you want to include links in your personal blog you should be paying attention.

 

You could find yourself on the wrong side of the paywall very, very soon.

 

What You Can Do:

  • Tweet Your MEP’s
  • Write A Letter To Your MEPs
  • Raise Awareness On Social Media
  • Sign This Petition

Resources; 

Official Documentation

Academic Break Down of Article 11

GitHubs Take On Article 13 For Coders

A Break Down Of Article 13

Simple Overview Of The Issue

Open Letters Discussing The Issue Sensibly

FAQs