Helen Batziris

Helen Batziris

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014 16:45

International University Student

I am an overseas student who is still sharpening my English skills. During this process, I was fortunate enough to get assistance from Helen, a professional and thoughtful editor. She copy-edited my minor thesis with great care and very useful comments. When I was integrating her work with mine, I actually learnt a lot about the grammar, phrasing and formatting for a formal thesis. Moreover, Helen always delivered her work punctually with reasonable charges, and she was always willing to keep the entire process interactive, which I really appreciate!

Yuan Jin|International Student|Monash University|Australia

Friday, 11 January 2013 13:56

High School Teacher, Australia

I have used the proofreading service twice so far and I would definitely recommend you A-Line Editing and Proofreading if you are looking for a professional, outstanding and affordable editing and proofreading service. I have used a few other proofreading companies but I found A-Line Editing and Proofreading the best. Helen, the professional editor and proofreader, thoroughly reads your document and provide you with very useful comments in a timely manner. She is flexible and does care about your document and most importantly the service is very affordable! I am very glad that I found this company.

JH | High School Teacher|Victoria| Australia

Whilst there is some merit in having someone who is unfamiliar with your topic edit or proofread your document (such as not getting too bogged down in the content or tendency to offer bias), I believe having someone who has an understanding of your topic or document-type, would provide a better edit/proofread service. The reasons are many, with two of the most important being:

  1. Familiarity with document-type will ensure your document conforms to current best practice. For example, having someone who has had experience in preparing a business case or thesis, would encourage more critical input, resulting in a better document (and hopefully have the intended inpact on the end-reader)
  2. An editor with work experience or formal education in certain fields can assist better within these fields than editors without this familiarity. For example, I have formal education in science and health/medical law and as such, am better equipped to edit documents within these fields. An example here is, is my ability to understand scientific/mathematical terms and the correct process for scientific report-writing. Likewise, my legal knowledge and personal expereince in writing legal papers means I am well equipped with the correct legal citation, understanding of the legal system and legal terminology. I have also published numerous journal articles - again, I have a greater understanding of the strict requirements of journals.
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 10:58

How to write an essay

I have always had a preference in the manner in which I approach writing an essay. The steps I usually take are in this order:

Reports and essays are quite similar in that they both require:

  • plenty of planning and preparation
  • a formal style
  • neat presentation
  • careful proofreading
  • an introduction, main body and conclusion
  • some analytical thinking.

However, there are some distinctions between the two:

Reports Essays
Presents information Presents an argument
Is often scanned quickly by the reader to find the pertinent points/information Is read carefully by the reader
Uses short, concise paragraphs and sentences. Dot points are used where applicable Ideas are linked cohesively into paragraphs, rather than breaking them into lists or dot-points
Uses numbered headings and sub-headings Uses minimal sub-headings, if any. Often only has a title and maybe a handful of headings
Uses illustrations wherever possible (e.g. graphs, figures, maps) Rarely uses illustrations
Often requires an abstract (also called an Executive Summary) Only requires an abstract if very long
Generally contains recommendations Rarely contains recommendations; rather concludes with the viewpoint of the author
Has appendices Seldom have appendices
Saturday, 25 June 2011 13:42

Common pitfalls of report writing

plagiarismWriting reports is generally hard enough, without the worry of pitfalls! However, some of these pitfalls (e.g. plagiarism) can result in serious consequences, so it is therefore worthwhile being aware of these pitfalls.

  • Ensure your report is consistent and that you are not contradicting your findings.
  • Take care to include accurate data, quotes and illustrations
  • Reference ALL sources. Any direct quotes or information obtained from other sources MUST be cited by either footnotes or endnotes, and these must be also listed within the bibliography. Failure to reference direct information and sources is plagiarism and can lead to legal action ... so beware!
  • Do not include irrelevant or outdated data - such data will add little use to your report.
  • Do not present findings or conclusion that are unsupported by the data within your report.
  • Take care in your presentation, in particular your formatting and language. To ensure a professional look and feel to your report, why not have a professional proofread and/or edit your document?*

*There is a difference between editing and proofreading. For information on these differences, please consult Proofreading service and Copy Editing Service on my website or my blog So what's the difference between editing and proofreading?

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Saturday, 25 June 2011 12:18

How to a write report

Writing a report can be an overwhelming task for anyone. People often get put off by the perceived amount of work required to compile a report, or they struggle with the thought of delving into the unkown. Whether you are a student, academic or business employee, report writing can be approached in the same way by following the general structure outlined here.

Thursday, 16 June 2011 13:40

Why are good paragraphs so important?

All writing, no matter what type of document, has to be organised in some logical fashion to enable readability and understanding. To achieve this, the contents of a document should be separated into paragraphs and each paragraph, positioned in an order appropriate to the understanding of the document. For example, in historical writing, paragraphs would most logically be placed in chronological order of events.

Each sentence of a paragraph represents an element of thought; and each paragraph is made up of sentences that form a set of associated ideas. These associated ideas describe a scene or clarify the meaning of a certain aspect of a given topic. When the topic is changed, a new paragraph should be created to signal the change of subject, thereby avoiding distracting the reader with random changes in topic. For example, a document which provides an overview of a particular subject will often have an introductory paragraph, then a number of paragraphs describing certain aspects or arguments about the subject, and finish off with a summary or conclusion. Where the depth of knowledge about each aspect or argument varies, so too will the length of each paragraph.

There is no rule as to how long a paragraph ought to be, although a good mixture of paragraph lengths avoids monotonous reading. Generally, in writing aimed at a popular readership, most sentences and paragraphs are reasonably short, providing pace and whitespace on a page, and therefore promoting readability.

Friday, 10 June 2011 12:20

What makes a good sentence?

Sentences are elements of thought that make up a paragraph. Besides the obvious language, spelling and grammatical components of text, I believe there are three definite rules for sentence construction. For a sentence to be effective in communication, it must have have a clear meaning (clarity), be succint (concise) and keep the action of the paragraph going (livelieness).

Clarity

The meaning of the text must be clear and not disguised with complicated or flowery language. The intent of the sentence should be written using only as many words as needed to get the message across and should be structured as simply as possible, to avoid reader confusion.

Conciseness

A sentence that is too wordy loses the reader and may confuse the intent of the sentence. That does not mean that a sentence must be brief (which may be perceived as abrupt); rather ensure a better choice of words. Short sentences assist the flow of a paragraph and retains the reader's understanding and interest.

Liveliness

Sentences written in the active voice retain reader interest. When the sentence subject is in control, their actions move the reader easily through the text. Clever use of phrases and clauses helps to paint a better picture when writing descriptive text.

Many people consider proofreading a document an easy task, particularly if they are very familiar with the document type or topic. Often businesses will ask for an employee, or number of employees to review a document, assuming that many eyes cast over a document will render it error-free. However, untrained proofreaders will almost always produce a document that has one or more obvious errors. This is because the mind has the ability to automatically correct errors during a read of a document (readers think what they see is correct, even if there is an error). Professional proofreaders have undergone extensive training to enable them to learn this specific skill, training their eye to detect errors such as missing letters, missing words, duplicate words, improper word or language useage, incorrect spacing and incorrect English spelling (i.e. Australian, British, American English).
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