Proof-reading one’s own work is notoriously difficult and fraught with problems.
The cause of this is human perception and how it works. As you may know, what we perceive when we view the world is not always the same as what is there. The brain perceives only what is pertinent at the time and tends to ‘fill in the blanks’ with what it expects to see.
When reading something familiar to us, our brains will naturally perceive what they expect to see. This may differ from what is actually written down.
Quickly read the following.
A bird in the the hand.
A stitch in in time saves nine.
Keep calm and and carry on.
Spot the deliberate mistakes?
This phenomenon occurs when we attempt to proof read our own work, as we are familiar with what we think we have written. Therefore, we may read what we expect to see, i.e. what we intended to write, which may not be the same.
It is a case of the brain seeing what it wants to see. This is not a criticism you understand, it is a simple fact of biology and it affects us all.
A fresh pair of eyes reading through an author’s work ‘cold’, i.e. free from any past interaction with it, will see only what is on paper or screen. Thus, they are more likely to detect the errors that the author themselves may miss.
Spellcheckers and grammar checkers alone are not reliable. They are restricted by their code, and cannot think or adapt as a human can. To spot all the errors and mistakes takes the human touch.
It is well known that you only get one chance to make a good first impression. Therefore, if you are creating an important document that will be seen by investors, a thesis that will be scrutinised by faculty or a publication intended for public consumption, it must be error-free.
Therefore, proof-reading is essential. Hire me now to ensure that your first impression is the best it can be.
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