Your ideas are great, but expressing those ideas can be tough. If you’re puzzled by punctuation, stressed about syntax or tense over tenses, the PGPR team can use their research and proof-reading expertise to help.

We will collaborate with you to increase the readability of your work; after all, this is your project and needs to be something you feel proud of and have ownership over. We would love to help you with your project; get in touch to start things off. Or read our story to find out more.

If you are struggling to write an essay, paper or thesis, we’re here to help. We can proof-read and format writing on any subject. We can also offer specialist feedback for students or academics working on qualitative, social science pieces. You can choose from written feedback or a one-to-one video chat with one of our experts.

Once your work is ready to go, we’ll set you up with the right member of our team within 12 hours and have your work returned to you by your deadline.

You can find more information about our services here and our pricing here.

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Here at PGPR, we help a range of people. Most of our clients are postgrad psychology students, but we have also helped historians, NHS workers, undergrads and academics for whom English is not their first language.

If you’re wondering whether PGPR could help you, have a look at some of our success stories and then just get in touch using the form at the bottom of this page.


Proof-reading plus feedback on materials for an NHS trust

Lizzie contacted PGPR in August 2021 asking if we could help her with a 161,000-word manual for an intervention she runs at an NHS mental health trust. The intervention is designed to help people living with bipolar disorder manage their moods and live happier lives. The course runs for 11 weeks. Each week has three sets of materials: a handout for the service users, slides to illustrate what is being discussed and a handout for the person running the course.

We proofread and gave feedback on the three types of material for each week of the course. This involved checking consistency throughout all the documents: consistency regarding spelling and grammar, but also regarding the names of the theories taught to service users, the exercises service users were asked to do and so on. We also had to develop a system for correcting and giving feedback on the slides since Track Changes don't work in PowerPoint.

As a busy consultant clinical psychologist, Lizzie was pleased to have us take this huge job off her hands as she didn’t have the time to do the work herself. She had been so immersed in the course materials that she could no longer see what needed changing; as a fresh pair of eyes, PGPR could help. Additionally, the fact that PGPR are psychology experts was reassuring as it meant she could trust us to offer feedback on aspects of the material as well as the wording and structure.

Lizzie said:

There comes a point when you are writing when it becomes very difficult to see the wood from the trees, especially when you are so familiar with the content. Johanna has been working with my service to produce a treatment manual for a psychological intervention as well as corresponding Powerpoint slides and a service user handbook. Her eye for and attention to detail, and her ability to ask psychologically informed but naïve questions has helped us think, re-write, reformat and fill many gaps. This has made the output 1000 times better than it was, consistent across all three outputs and most importantly, much more readable and useful for staff and service users delivering and receiving the intervention. I can’t thank the service and Johanna enough for her expertise, patience and time.


References for a DPsych

DCPsych candidate Farah approached PGPR in early 2021 with 244 APA 7 references which needed proofreading in just six days. As many researchers know, juggling the huge amount of references needed for a doctoral dissertation can be overwhelming, so Farah was relieved when we told her we could do this job.

Johanna corrected each reference to ensure that it fit the strict formatting rules of APA 7, adding dois where needed. She highlighted any queries she had, such as questions about missing pages numbers, and included suggestions for correct references for any entries which didn't quite make sense. Johanna returned the references to Farah before the deadline and was able to answer some questions about the formatting of in-text citations as well to help Farah out.

Farah said:

Honestly, Johanna, the level of detail and rigour you put into my references is just amazing! Reading over them now, you have literally rescued my references. Thank you for this.


Proof-reading, feedback, video consultations and formatting for a PhD

Salman needed help with his qualitative PhD thesis. As Salman had a tight deadline and needed help with proofreading (English was not his first language), feedback and formatting, we teamed him with a few different PGPR experts.

Claire R gave Salman some feedback on his thematic analysis. She felt that he had had some bad advice from his supervisory team about how to carry out his analysis, so she had a couple of VCs with him to go through his idea and work out what would fit him best. She also spent some time helping him move concepts from one thesis chapter to the next and describing what needed to be in each chapter.

Shannon focused on proofreading and formatting. In addition to grammar and spelling, she checked for sentence structure, readability, conciseness and word choice. By correcting and improving the language use, the dissertation became more readable. She also formatted all his block quotes, ensuring that his use of spacing was correct. She amended his tables so that they were both consistent and in line with academic standards. The neater the work is, the easier it is to read; this is something PGPR can help anyone with.

Salman said:

I really liked how you matched me up with the proofreader and proofread my manuscript before submitting it to a journal. This was a great experience. I didn't expect to have my thesis proofread in such a quick time, yet high quality. I have recommended PGPR to two of my colleagues for their thesis and publications.


Proof-reading, feedback and video consultations

Dominique got in touch with us in 2019 to ask for help with her interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) thesis about hearing therapists’ experience of using British Sign Language with Deaf clients. She needed help making connections between her themes and tightening up her grammar. Dominique struggled with writing in a consistent tense, which is something many of our clients often find challenging. We were able to help her with this.

Various members of the PGPR team helped Dominique to deepen her interpretations. For example, Elly helped Dominique to find opportunities for defining key concepts and think about the metaphors in her work.

Dominique also booked a series of video consultations (VCs) with Rachel as well as a viva prep session. In a PGPR VC, clients can send us work which we will spend an hour looking over, before an hour-long chat over video. Rachel helped Dominique to verbalise the ideas in her thesis so that she could approach her viva more confidently.

Dominique said:

I just wanted to highlight Rachel's excellent work in proofreading, providing feedback and support. I truly value her work and advice. I feel more confident now about my thesis and l am looking forward to passing this viva!

If you have problems similar to any of those mentioned above, just get in touch with us. We’ll match you with a member of our expert team and help you find the best way to make your research shine.

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