proofreading editing

Reliable, professional, personalised proofreading services

to help you improve your writing skills and get better grades

How does the Proofreading/editing service work?

Fill in and submit the ‘Request Proofreading/Editing’ form on this page with details of the work you’d like proofread.

Upload your document to our secure server using the link provided. We’ll be in touch to confirm receipt of the document and schedule payment.

It’s as simple as that!

I'd like to use your service but I haven't finished my assignment yet! What do I do?

That’s OK. We understand that written work sometimes takes longer to complete than planned.

However, we can rarely provide great service (which we always aim to do) at the last minute, especially at busy times. So please contact us with your request at least 72 hours in advance of when you require your document returned.

Please bear in mind that we cannot start any work until we have received a 50% deposit.

How much will it cost?

We currently charge £15 per 1,000 words for a standard assignment or bachelors/masters level thesis.

For PhDs or other longer documents we can agree a rate separately.

We’ll send you an invoice with your cost estimate which you can pay via PayPal or direct bank transfer.

What do I get for my money?

Your document will always be checked by a native English speaker who has extensive knowledge and experience of providing professional proofreading and editing services, as well as writing advice, particularly in an academic context.

Errors with grammar, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary usage and common writing flaws such as tone, register and style will be corrected. 

Your referencing style and formatting will also be checked, if you require.

All corrections will be made using the Review function in Word so you will have ultimate control over which changes are implemented.

You’ll also receive comments and advice within the document on how to improve your overall writing style or these will be emailed to you separately.

If relevant, we’ll also send suggestions for suitable resources or texts that may help you improve your grammar and/or writing style.

We aim to enable you to become a more independently skilled and confident writer, in addition to correcting and improving your work for you. 

“Doing a degree as a mature student was initially quite daunting. Having not been in education for many years, I was unsure of how to structure and write an academic essay.

Maria gave me the skills and confidence to write academically. Her proofreading feedback and additional help and advice enabled me to study and write more effectively, improving my grades.

This led to me achieving a first in my dissertation and a 2.1 degree overall.”

John, BA Criminology, 2.1 (Uni of Westminster)

Request Proofreading/Editing

Please submit your details using the form below and we'll be in touch.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pages.
  • Legal stuff (that we have to tell you)

    Please read & agree to our Terms of Service so that we know we can work together fairly and happily!
  • Terms of Service for Proofreading/Editing Services

    General Terms of Service

    These Terms of Service constitute a “distance contract” in accordance with the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 made between you, “the consumer” hereinafter referred to as “you” or “your” and “the trader” The Unlocked Learner Limited, hereinafter referred to as “we” or “us”.

    By agreeing to these Terms of Service you are entering into a distance contract with us whereby you engage us to provide services as set out under “Scope and Manner of Services for Proofreading/Editing services” below. We hereby agree to provide you with such services as set out under “Payment for Services Rendered” below.

    1. Scope and Manner of Services for Proofreading/Editing services

    1.1 Proofreading/editing is a personalised on-demand service that you can request by providing details to us of the document to be proofread/edited in advance in order that a time and cost estimate can be made.

    1.2 We require you to pay a deposit of 50% minimum in advance of us providing proofreading/editing services with the balance payable by you upon receipt of the first section of the work or once we have completed the work.

    1.3 No refunds will be made by us for work already started, and no refunds will be made by us for work booked and for which you have paid a deposit if cancelled less than 48 hours before we are due to commence the work.

    1.4 We make no guarantees for any grade outcomes or improvements as a result of us editing or amending your document in any way and we do not provide estimates on potential grade outcomes to you.

    1.5 Proofreading/editing services are initially booked and processed using a 3rd party form via our website. We make no guarantees as to the reliability of this form.

    1.6 We do not take any responsibility for plagiarism or for ensuring that you have used reliable sources.

    1.7 In agreeing to these Terms of Service you, the consumer, warrant that you are the original writer of the work and that you have adhered to the rules and regulations of your college/university/educational institution governing submission of assessed work.

    2. Payment for Services Rendered

    2.1 You shall pay us for services rendered as set out in Section 1.2 of the Scope and Manner of Services for Proofreading/Editing services.

    2.2 All payments to us can be made via direct bank transfer or PayPal and you will receive an invoice with account details. We do not collect or store your credit or debit card information.

    2.3 If you have booked but not paid for this service, we reserve the right to refuse to provide the service to you at any time in the future.

    2.4 Should you fail to pay us the full balance specified on an invoice within 30 calendar days of completion of the work, a late fee of £10 will be added to the amount due.

    2.5 We reserve the right to adjust the prices of our services and products on our website and/or discount our products and services from time to time.

    3. Right to cancel

    3.1 You the consumer have the right to cancel this contract without giving any reason. The cancellation period will expire 14 days after the date your booking is confirmed if and when your booking falls outside of the cancellation period.

    3.2 In instances when your booking falls within the 14 day cancellation period you may cancel subject to the terms set out in Section 1.3.

    3.3 To exercise the right to cancel you must inform us of your decision to cancel this contract by a clear statement (e.g. a letter sent by post or email). You may use the cancellation form below but it is not obligatory.

    4. Applicable Law

    These Terms of Service shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. Any disputes relating the these Terms of Service shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

    Cancellation Form

    To: The Unlocked Learner Ltd, 20-22 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU

    I hereby give notice that I cancel my contract for the supply of the following service: Proofreading/Editing.

    Name of consumer:

    Address of consumer:

    Signature of consumer (if this form is notified on paper):


    You can download a pdf of these Terms of Service here.

Read more testimonials from previous students who used this service:

“I hired The Unlocked Learner to help me proofread, edit and check the grammar of my PhD thesis. They were extremely prompt, detailed, offered useful suggestions and were very good at finding errors that I couldn’t spot. They also helped me with the automatic formatting of page numbering and fonts (all 280 pages!).

This is a “must have” service for masters and doctoral students and I would highly recommend them because they really take the time to go through your document with a fine toothed comb. Thank you so much!”

Dr Denise, PhD (Psychology), 2015

“I used Maria’s proofreading services for over two academic years as I was lucky to meet her via my university where she worked. She proofread my essays, reflective logs and, most recently, my dissertation. Not only did she help me improve my grades during the third, most important, year of my degree but she also contributed to helping me enrich my vocabulary and improve my writing style.

Her feedback is always well structured and clear and she is extremely supportive when discussing the structure of assignments. She helped me to better understand assessment requirements and meet them by pointing out where I needed to rewrite sections of work, especially with reflective writing which was a real challenge for me.

Without her help I wouldn’t have done as well. She has very good organisational skills, her comments are always fair and can lead you to a better grade. Thank you for your help Maria!”

Zhaklin, BA Politics, 2.1

“I wanted to drop you a quick email to thank you for your proofreading and support and guidance for my dissertation. I’ve received my grade today and got a Merit, for which you might guess how happy I am. Thanks a lot again for your support!”

“Maria helped me during my Masters degree thesis writing stage. She was able to explain to me in a very clear way how I could put my ideas into words. She not only helped me improve my academic writing skills but also to overcome my fear of writing an academic thesis.

I cannot describe how much her assistance helped me as without our conversations and her support I would not have achieved a Merit on my dissertation. Thank you once again!”

Student F, MA Human Resource Management

Got any questions about proofreading / editing services or want to know more?

Get in touch to discuss your specific, individual needs. We’ll get back to you within 24 hours.