Essay Proofreading: The pursuit of perfection drives many of humanity’s most profound achievements: engineers exactly calibrating everything that needs to be perfect to send men to the moon and bring them back again; writers like Gustave Flaubert, who spent “five days writing one page”, searching for “le mot juste”, the perfect word.
Comparing yourself to such perfectionists can be intimidating and discouraging. When the bar is set so high, trying to jump over it can seem pointless. Such an attitude is understandable, but fundamentally misguided: perfection can be achieved by everyone, if they set reasonable goals.
One area where perfection can and should be achieved is in academic writing, and, in particular, in writing essays. I don’t mean that every student should be able to write the perfect essay, if such a thing exists (part of the problem with pursuing perfection can be discovering that it doesn’t exist, as the eponymous characters in Flaubert’s Bouvard et Pécuchet find out); rather that with essay proofreading, writing can be error free and grammatical, well formatted and correctly referenced: that writing can match up perfectly to academic standards. Some bars are set at a height that anyone can jump over.
This is the value of essay proofreading: Oxbridge Proofreading® can help you to reach the bar. It can help you to pursue perfection, of a sort. It can be difficult for one person, especially someone with tired eyes, who has read the essay over and over again, and written it themselves, and is used to their own idiosyncrasies of style, and who perhaps doesn’t necessarily speak English as a first language or have expertise in grammar or referencing or formatting, to produce a perfect document; it is far easier for more than one person to do so. Our essay proofreading service provides a fresh and expert set of eyes to act as a check in order to ensure that everything is as it should be.
The answer, definitively, is yes. Or, with more nuance: you should care enough to try for perfection, if not necessarily to satisfy yourself, to satisfy the academics who will be marking your work. Even if you are not a pedant, they are: academics are exactly the kind of people who care about small mistakes and errant apostrophes, who rejoice in absolutely correct referencing and whose lives, after reading dozens or hundreds of papers back to back, are improved by neat formatting.
Essay proofreading, then, is necessary if you want to achieve good marks. Academics will be inclined to penalise error strewn documents and reward those that make their lives easier by being easy to read and without obvious errors. Furthermore, marking schemes will often explicitly state that correctness and perfection are requirements, particularly in areas like referencing. Perfection, therefore, is likely to carry a double advantage: it will dispose your marker well towards you, and it will be explicitly rewarded by the marking scheme. And perfection, for academic essays at least, can be best achieved with essay proofreading.
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