Why You Should NOT Proofread Your Own Work Many students are good writers and possess a proper command of the English language. They even have the confidence that they can edit and proofread their own essays, theses, dissertations, manuscripts and other documents quite satisfactorily. A few readings are all it will take and all the errors will jump out slowly and can be corrected accordingly. In fact, “Who can check my work better than me remains the predominant notion in the minds of many. On the contrary, it is always advisable to NEVER edit or proofread your own work! Wondering why? Well, you may have followed all the rules of editing and proofreading very carefully – reading every sentence slowly, reading aloud, reading backwards and so on - and the material seems perfect in your eyes. Certainly you have crossed all the t’s and dotted all the it’s and every subsequent re-read shows that you have not missed anything. Satisfied, you pat yourself on the back and proceed to submit your material. But hang on a bit. Could it be that your eye is jaundiced by your own work? Isn’t it possible that the excessive familiarity with the material can breed unintentional neglect? Indeed, it is tough to find every mistake in your own work. This is due to the fact that the eye automatically sees only what the mind’s eye wants it to see! This is why you may miss a glaring error despite the most careful attention, while a third person may spot it immediately. Alas, your proximity itself can be your undoing. After all, someone who is reading text for the first time comes to it with completely fresh eyes! And this is where an editing and proofread service comes into the picture. Take HKNETS for example. It has a team of professional editors and proofreaders who not only correct the grammatical mistakes and typos that you and your spell-check function together cannot spot, but also polish your writing to a native English standard. HKNETS’ proofreading service encompasses document editing, thesis editing, essay editing, manuscript editing before submission to journals (including formatting) as well as academic papers, professional documents, business correspondence, emails, etc. The essay proofreading and editing service is available for all academic areas, including postgraduate white papers, conference papers, journal submissions and grant proposals. Standard academic formatting and citation styles (APA, MLA, Harvard, Chicago Manual of Style, Turabian, etc.) can be applied as well as special style guides issued by universities. Being distanced from your writing coupled with the exceptional qualifications and experience of HKNETS’ specialists will ensure that your final copy conforms to the highest standard of English. And after this, if you are still not convinced that you should not be editing and proofreading your own work, just try this. Try proofreading your own work and then compare it to the results from HKNETS’ professionals. They will give you a highlighted copy that tracks the required changes and you can see for yourself where you are still going wrong!