Can someone at uni proof-read or edit my assignment for me?
There is no unit within the University which provides this service. However, there are still some things you can do.
First, you can develop techniques to edit and proofread your own work – the Learning Centre has a workshop which will help you learn and develop skills to identify and correct common grammatical errors [see link at right].
Second, while the Learning Centre does not offer an editing and proofreading service for students, it does offer individual consultations where you can discuss ways you can improve your writing. Make an appointment and bring along an assignment that has already been marked as a sample of your work. The Learning Centre lecturer can then see what your typical issues are and advise you on how to avoid them in the future. (Unmarked work which you intend to submit cannot be edited by a Learning Centre lecturer – at most, the lecturer can give you general feedback based on reading one or two pages). To make an appointment, contact the Learning Centre [see link at right]
If you are willing to spend money, a list of private proofreaders and editors can be obtained via Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA) [see link at right]. You may also find proofreaders who advertise their services on noticeboards around the University.
Finally, there is no objection to a friend helping you with editing and proofreading, but this kind of assistance should not break the rules on academic honesty [see link at right] by significantly modifying or adding to the content or meaning of your work.