Holly Cogliati-Bauereis

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What I Do
I 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 Me
 1 - 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, holly.cogliati@epfl.ch,  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 You
I 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 Hours
I 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
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  |  | =  | 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...
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  |  | =  | A word circled and scratched out is a word that I recommend you eliminate or change
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  |  | =  | 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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| Colored Ink Signification  |   |   |   |   | 
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| Red  | correction  |   |   |   | 
| Green  | text (to use)  |   |   |   | 
| Pink  | word diet (length limits)  |   |   |   | 
| Purple  | improvement  |   |   |   | 
| Green fluo  | hyphen  |   |   |   | 
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Caveat
If you are looking for a proofreader, but do not have time or want to learn from your mistakes, I am not the person for you. Perhaps another time. 

EPFL IC IINFCOM LAMS
BC 248 (Bâtiment BC)
Station 14
CH-1015 Lausanne

EPFL IC IINFCOM INDY1
BC 248 (Bâtiment BC)
Station 14
CH-1015 Lausanne

EPFL IC IINFCOM LDS
BC 248 (Bâtiment BC)
Station 14
CH-1015 Lausanne

EPFL IC IINFCOM LCA2
BC 248 (Bâtiment BC)
Station 14
CH-1015 Lausanne

EPFL IC IINFCOM INDY2
BC 248 (Bâtiment BC)
Station 14
CH-1015 Lausanne

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