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The PhD Proofreaders Model

Expertly designed to cover all aspects of the writing process

Four parts for perfection.

When our expert proofreaders work on your chapter or thesis, they use The PhD Proofreaders Model. It has been expertly designed and covers all aspects of the writing process. 


We are sharing it with you so you can fully understand how to proofread a PhD. 


It is split into four sections: proofreading, readability & structure, layout & design and writing feedback.


The result of this comprehensive service is a more professional-looking thesis that is more likely to pass first time – saving you months of extra effort.


Proofreading

  • Is the spelling, grammar and punctuation correct throughout?
  • Is the syntax (word order and sentence structure) consistent and correct throughout?
  • Are there repetitions?
  • Do the verbs agree throughout?
  • Have the correct word choices been made?
  • Is the writing style consistent?
  • Does the document read as if it were written by a native English speaker?
  • Are there any overly complex sentences?
  • Have short, simple sentences been used?
  • Is the correct academic tone used?
  • Is every sentence easy to understand?
  • Do the sentences and paragraphs connect to one another, with effective transitions?
  • Are there any comma splices?
  • Are there any run on sentences?
  • Is the verb tense consistent?
  • Are correct capitalisations used?
  • Are all abbreviations fully spelt out the first time they are used?

Readability & Structure

OVERVIEW
  • Are the chapters ordered correctly, so that the thesis flows and has a natural beginning, middle and end?
  • Is there any repetition?
  • Are there elements of the text that are irrelevant, inappropriate or confusing?
  • Is there correct use of headings and sub-sub-headings so that it is clear what each section is discussing?
  • Is the thesis title clear and concise and does it accurately describe the content of the thesis? 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & ABSTRACT
  • Is the acknowledgements page overly long?
  • Do the acknowledgements mention the academic supervisors?
  • Are the people the contributed the most to the project mentioned first? 
  • Is the abstract written after the acknowledgements? 
  • Does the abstract accurately summarise the main contribution of the thesis? 
  • Are the research questions included in the abstract prominently?
  • Does the abstract discuss the methods that are used? 
  • Does the abstract clearly state the objective and problem statement of the thesis?
  • Is a brief summary of the thesis offered? 
  • Are the most important findings and conclusions outlined? 
  • Is a brief summary of the structure of the thesis offered? 
  • Does the abstract showcase what the thesis as a whole is about?
  • Is the abstract less than 400 words?
  • Does the abstract contain keywords that reflect the content of the thesis? 
  • Does the abstract convey the significance of the research?
INTRODUCTION
  • Does the introduction explain the significance and contribution of the thesis?
  • Does the introduction discuss the hypotheses or propositions that will guide the study (where appropriate)?
  • Does the introduction outline the main research question(s)?
  • Does the introduction avoid extensive literature review (where appropriate)?
  • Does the introduction provide the context and background to the study? 
  • Does the introduction explain the goals of the research?
  • Does the introduction discuss the thesis problems statement?
  • Does the introduction establish a territory into which the thesis as a whole will sit?
  • Does the introduction establish a niche?
  • Does the introduction outline thesis structure of the thesis?
DISCUSSION & EMPIRICAL CHAPTERS
  • Is the discussion chapter structured using themes and headings?
  • Does the discussion chapter outline what has been learnt from the data?
  • Has the data provided the evidence for the conclusions that are being reached?
  • Does the discussion outline the new insights that have been learnt?
  • Doe the discussion chapter relate findings to the hypotheses or propositions that were drawn up earlier in the thesis (if applicable)?
  • Do the empirical and discussion chapters relate findings to relevant literature?
  • Do the empirical and discussion chapters summaries the data?
  • Do the empirical and discussion chapters present the data?
  • Do the empirical and discussion chapters interpret the data using examples?
  • Do the empirical and discussion chapters present concise summaries of the main findings? 
  • Do the empirical and discussion chapters set the scene? 
  • Do the empirical and discussion chapters reminder the reader of the gap in the literature?
  • Do the empirical and discussion chapters fill the gap?? 
  • Do the empirical and discussion chapters relate to previous research?
CONCLUSION
  • Does the conclusion answer the research questions? 
  • Does the conclusion confirm or refute the hypotheses or propositions (if applicable)?
  • Does the conclusion present any new information?
  • Does the thesis refer back to what has been written elsewhere, with signposting, to remind the reader?
  • Does the conclusion summarise the main findings? 
  • Does the conclusion offer explanations for the findings? 
  • Does the conclusion discuss the limitations of the study?
  • Does the conclusion present new examples?
  • Does the conclusion interpret new issues?
  • Does the conclusion discuss the problems that arose during the research?
  • Does the conclusion relate back to previous research?
  • Does the thesis make suggestions for future research?
OVERALL READABILITY
  • Does the thesis have an over-reliance on acronyms? 
  • Does the thesis use over-complicated or colourful language? 
  • Does the thesis use short, concise sentences where appropriate? 
  • Does the thesis present the necessary information in the logical order? 
  • Are examples used appropriately? 
  • Is the central thesis clear?
  • Are the answers to the research questions clearly presented? 
  • Is the argument ordered in a logical manner? 
  • Are the paragraphs structured well?
  • Are the paragraphs linked?
  • Are the sentences complete?
  • Are assumptions made that aren’t explained?
  • Is anything unclear?
  • Are there unanswered questions?

Layout & Design

  • Is the front page formatted according to the University’s requirement?
  • Is the main text formatted according to the University’s requirement?
  • Is the table of contents formatted according to the University’s requirement?
  • Is the list of figures and tables formatted according to the University’s requirement?
  • Are footnotes, endnotes, figures, tables, equations (where applicable) and supplementary material (including appendixes) formatted and written according to the University’s requirement?
  • Is the reference list formatted and written according to the University’s requirement?
  • Are the in-text references formatted and written according to the University’s requirement
  • Does the reader use quotes and paraphrasing correctly throughout the text?

Writing Feedback

  • What are the most common mistakes the author makes?
  • What are some simple techniques that could be used to avoid these common mistakes? 
  • Where should the author prioritise his or her time when seeking to improve their writing?
  • What resources are useful for the author to help them improve their writing?

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