What I DoI can help you learn how to improve your English in papers for conferences, journals, proposals, your thesis, or any other documentation.
How to Work with Me1 - As soon as you have a due date, a fixed or even estimated deadline, or any time frame we can work with, contact me by e-mail, email@example.com, or drop by my office BC 248 with the following information:
- Who sent you ? **In other words, are you a student with LDS, LCA2, INDY1, INDY2, LAMS, or do you work/study with another professor/school at EPFL, or do you study/work at UNIL ?
- Type of paper (journal, conference, proposal, thesis, etc.)
- Length of paper: pages (assuming a reasonable font size), word count
- Date your text will be ready
- Date of deadline: preferable and final
- Dates of your availability for a review session; time needed for these sessions depends on the “damage” ;-). If you are NOT available to review my comments in person, please indicate if we can use Overleaf (for LaTeX documents) or track-changes (documents in Word), as well as a phone call or Skype review session if necessary.
- Software used, i.e., Word, LaTeX, .pdf, other
2 - Upon receipt of your e-mail, I will respond – as soon as I am able to do so.
** For students in LCA1, LCA2, INDY1, INDY2, LAMS, even though I am a simple employee, advance notice is still terribly appreciated as it guarantees that I will be able to help you. ** For students whose professor has requested my services on an on-call basis, advance notice is even more important. I will always endeavor to make time to help you, but in order to be able to organize my time, I need to know as soon as you know that you will need help. ** For those students who seek my services, but do not have financial support from their professor, please indicate this in your contact e-mail.
How I Will Work with YouI find the most effective way to help you learn is to discuss with you in person. This way we can avoid the grammar-perfect-but-technically-incorrect sentences.
When we have agreed on all the logistics, you will be "yellow tagged" in my agenda, (i.e. I will reserve time for you). Upon receipt of your text, I will make corrections or suggest improvements, according to the method we agreed upon: o handwritten notes on the printed text o track-changes on Word document o track-changes on LateX document – via Overleaf When I finish editing your text, I will contact you and fix/reconfirm the time and date of our review session.
Office HoursI am usually available to work 10h - 17h, Monday through Friday (except for Wednesdays). However, as I try to organize my work schedule around my students' needs, the hours can vary (IIF necessary).
Addendum§ Writing papers tends to be a moveable feast : readiness dates fluctuate, deadlines move, authors travel, professors are professors (!), everyone is subject to illness, projects are cancelled or post-poned and, in general, life throws us curve balls. Therefore, do not hesitate to contact me if any of your plans alter; do not hesitate to contact me if you are nervous, worried, or simply have not heard from me. I am here to help you and we need to work together.
Lexicon to My Scribblings| HBC's "Scribblings" : | | | | |
| i ? | = | Intent : What do you mean to say (trying to express) ?
| a.a. | = | avoid ambiguity
| j ? | = | Jargon : Is this word specific to your domain ?
| n ? | = | Necessary: Is this word (or puncuation) needed here ?
| n.n. | = | Not necessary.
| v.v. | = | Vocabulary Variety: In an effort to be clear, is there another word /synonym you could use here ?
| ¿ | = | Tense: Why do you use this verb tense here ?
| RW | = | Re-write or re-word
| stm? | = | SomeThing Missing: a letter, a word, punctuation, etc...
| stf? | = | SomeThing is Funny here, i.e., weird sounding or not clear
| M | = | Turn the sentence (phrases) around
| | | = | A word with square around is correct and simply pointed out to you to in order to justify/explain a correction nearby
| #s | = | Numbers: There is some inconsistency - with quantities, plural vs. singular, etc...
| | | = | A word circled and scratched out is a word that I recommend you eliminate or change
| | | = | A word circled, but not scratched out, is a word that needs your attention
| RE | = | (reader's ease); not necessarily grammatically required, but this suggestion would make it easier to understand at first glance
| pl ? | = | Placement or position of a word: Your sentence meaning is different depending on where the word is placed. Are you sure your want it where it is ?
| punct. ? | = | Punctuation: improve, add or change…
| hyph. ? | = | Can we please have a hyphen in here somewhere ?
| emph. ? | = | What are you trying to emphasize ?
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| Red | correction | | | |
| Green | text (to use) | | | |
| Pink | word diet (length limits) | | | |
| Purple | improvement | | | |
| Green fluo | hyphen | | | |
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