Below is a selection of reviews received from our graduates (click each tab for details):
I enrolled in the Proofreading and Editing course, still not sure if it was what I wanted to do (or if I’d even enjoy it) but determined to try something different. I took a little longer than the usual year to finish thanks to drama at work, but it turns out I liked it so much I came back for more!
Next was the Creative Writing course, which I hoped would enhance the skills I’d gained in proofreading/editing. After all, if the proofer/editor can understand what the writer is doing (and why) won’t communication between the two be easier? What I discovered as I went along was that I may just be more creative than I thought, and ideas started to percolate away in the back of my mind.
I don’t have any sudden plans to start spitting out novels left, right and centre, and I’m still at somewhat of a loss when it comes to what I ultimately want out of my life. But aside from cultivating new skills, doing these courses did help me learn about myself.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my year of learning with excellent guidance from my tutor Dick Ward. Each assignment provided greater insight into the art of the written word. How the English language has evolved from century to century and continent to continent. The need to allow for different styles and genre of writing and, most important of all, the need for strict attention to detail.
Each assignment presented challenges to find all the errors and the first time I missed a quotation mark in a different font I realised that I was on a hiding to nothing! The extensive literature provided with the diploma and each assignment has been very useful. The very practical advice on how to market oneself is also very important for those who wish to progress to a fully fledged professional proofreader.
I found the material broad and interesting. It introduced me well to a context of which I had very scant direct knowledge. The range of the proof-reading assignments is challenging and helpfully so. The resources to help set up in business are comprehensive and practical.
I loved this course and it has equipped me with the skills and confidence to become a freelance proofreader/copy editor. Thank you, Katrien for the positive and supportive tuition.
This has been an amazing and really enjoyable course. I am into my retirement years but still working full time, although in a much less stressful job these last 12 months since I moved back to New Zealand after nine years in Australia working in the mining industry. My aim is to set up my own proofreading business in the not too distant future and this course has given me a fantastic insight into what will be involved and how to feel confident about doing this, as well as an enormous amount of information to help me get started.
The communication has been excellent and prompt, and always positive and helpful! I have learnt a lot from this course and can't wait to get started!
I can highly recommend the 'Proofreading and Editing' course with the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies. The course is well-organised and thorough with all necessary materials sent out well ahead of time. There were never any hiccups with the administration and it was so easy using the Freepost envelopes to send assignments in. I found the one assignment per month very manageable while also working part-time. The topics covered were interesting and stimulating and prepared me well for prospective work in the industry. My tutor was helpful, accessible and professional. Many thanks.
My own half-forgotten skill arose from a great love of English grammar, rhetoric and literature; it was a subject I’d studied to degree level. As my career progressed into technology and then engineering and finally into management, the ability to write in plain, good English was an asset I valued. In Engineering, clarity and precision of meaning is paramount. Also in Law. And in Commerce. And in almost any subject you wish to mention. Now I have moved on into consultancy where this skill has even greater relevance. So, after nearly half a century, I took a diploma in editing and proofreading to formally revive it. “Easy as falling off a unicycle,” I thought. As the course progressed, the brain cells and eyeballs ached, the back went into spasm from long hours at the desk re-learning style and grammar and spotting errors in texts. And by the end, after my diploma arrived, I had effectively re-learned the old skills to apply to the other services you can view on my new website www.ogcengineers.com.
I found the course to be good; definitely picked up a lot of useful skills and really liked the online forum to chat with the other students/graduates about current assignments, work, etc.
I didn’t actively pursue freelance editing work after finishing it, but definitely was good I did this course as got given more editing work in my then current job. Several other students did go on to get lots of good work. The course also covers how to market yourself and price your services. I chose this course as it was recommended by a freelancer who does nearly full-time work for government departments, so a trustworthy recommendation.
The staff at NZIBS gave me excellent support during my course. I have attained new skills for CV writing. I have a future in helping people with job applications. I highly recommend the Proofreading and Editing course as it can open up new possibilities.
This is a wonderful course. I did it and it launched me into my own business. Highly recommended.
Did this course, it is great. Now I have my own proofreading business.
It is possible to proofread without it, but NZIBS teaches you the right way. You will learn to proofread, and edit on paper, which I found invaluable. It teaches you to be thorough, and look at details you may otherwise miss.
I did the course while working 30 hours a week and having two children under four. It was a busy time but I thoroughly enjoyed the course, and learning and doing something I loved and was passionate about made the journey easier. NZIBS and the way their courses are developed are very supportive. I found the NZIBS student forum very helpful . My tutor Dick Ward was always easy to contact if I had any questions. With my diploma and some very helpful tutorials towards the end, I set up my own freelance proofreading and copy editing business Crucial Corrections which is still going strong today.
I have completed this course and there’s a lot more to it than just teaching you how to proofread (properly). I thought I already knew how and soon learnt there was a lot I didn’t know about. You also get lots of great advice and guidance on setting up your own business afterwards, how to go about sourcing work, etc. Like most things in life, you need to put the work in to complete the course, but at the end of it you get a qualification that would look good on any CV.
The information you provided went far beyond my expectations. Overall, my learning curve has reached new horizons.
I liked the resources which came with my course materials, especially the reference books. I feel confident because I have covered all aspects of proofreading and editing in depth. I loved the practical application of the last two assignments which have prepared me well to be a professional proofreader and editor.
I enjoyed the course very much and it has opened a new direction for me. Now I have a greater appreciation of the publishing world and what is involved.
I appreciate the improvements this course has helped me make in my work. I enjoyed the variety of practice assignments and the different types of manuscripts we got to work on.
The information about the printing and publishing industry interested me. I enjoyed learning about new websites and Internet services.
My tutor’s feedback on my assignments was very helpful. I always got a quick response. All feedback was clear, concise, easy to understand and pretty thorough. This course has definitely helped improve my writing.
I appreciated the holistic approach of the training course. I not only got trained in proofreading and editing but I also learned how to set up my business. Each tutorial dealt succinctly with the given focus, was not too long or overwhelming, and the assignments were always relevant.
There are always challenges when entering a new learning environment. I soon learned how to manage and adjust. I used the Student Discussion Board many times in the year just passed and I found the comments there extremely helpful. I followed the Principal’s advice and began to build a database of all my old networks.
The learning progression was very clear as I moved through my training and assignments. I appreciated having the same tutor throughout the whole course. I liked working at my own pace. This meant I could go back and go over things again without any pressure.
I’m so pleased I now understand the difference between proofreading, copy editing and substantive editing. Plus, I’ve gained a greater understanding of English grammar.
This training course covered everything I needed to confidently undertake proofreading and editing work. It has raised my awareness of the English language and correct punctuation in everyday activities. I enjoyed being able to study in my own time, which gave me flexibility.
The feedback from my tutor was always useful, with a constructive tone, by which I mean a good balance between encouragement and critique. I always felt help was at hand if I had any queries. The course was more demanding than I’d anticipated but I soon saw that as a positive thing.
I heard the editor of an American magazine speaking on a podcast. She said she was looking for an editor. I emailed her and offered my services. She sent me a sample article to edit. Result was she liked my work and used the article I’d edited in the latest issue of her magazine. I’ve been offered regular work and we are currently negotiating new contracts.
I loved the way the training includes preparation for setting up in business (as a proofreader). It was so practical and informative. I feel so much more informed and confident about doing this now. My tutor was very knowledgeable and he developed my own knowledge much more than I expected.
I liked the way the course built up to showing us how to build a business as a proofreader and editor.
I’m excited to be embarking on this fantastic new career, and find myself discovering new possibilities for work every day.
I found out this morning I have secured a job as Editorial Quality Control with an online medical journal publisher! This is due in no small part to my (almost) completed Proofreading and Editing course, which I began last September, seeking a new direction in my life and work. I am over the moon, and am so very glad I began the PAE journey with the Institute.
I never thought I’d be embarking on a new direction in my life in my 50s – until I saw your advertisement for the Proofreader & Editor training course. I never thought I’d upskill myself at my age. But this course has taught me so much, not just about our wonderful English language and its idiosyncrasies, but I’ve learned so much about myself along the way.
It was my intention to start my proofreading business slowly until I got to the point where I was earning a reasonable income from proofreading work at home. I had been travelling 3 hours a day to/from my job with a bank. I wanted to enjoy a better work/life balance, so after 24 years I resigned.
I have been successful in securing work with an online publisher of medical journals. I proofread manuscripts to their house style. I check for plagiarism and some other duties. This paid work is giving me confidence and experience as I go forward. I have been offered freelance work by the woman who prepared my CV, who also has her own at-home proofreading business. Things seem to be falling into place. My husband has been wonderfully supportive on this journey of mine.
Over the past 12 months I’ve made some huge changes in my life; one was embarking on this training course. I’ve never been happier.
Wheee! I am a real DipEdit now. I came home yesterday to find my diploma in the letterbox. Lots of nice comments from my tutor. Plus a load of useful BONUS information. Now my plan is to move forward and show some lucky people how much I can help them.
I started this journey to become a proofreader, hoping I could stop ‘just working’. I wanted to forge for myself a long-overdue new career option. I have now found that proofreading has opened up a whole new world for me. I’m an international proofreader.
I decided to do this training course to give myself a back-up option in case I ever decided to change my career path. My children are young and balancing their needs as well as a full time job is challenging. Even if I don’t end up being a full time proofreader and editor I am now equipped with a very useful skill that will serve me well in any kind of job.
I work full time at a company where I am required to check all marketing materials and trade communications. This course has certainly helped me with this aspect of my work.
Thanks to the NZIBS Proofreader & Editor training course I now have a folder full of templates (letterhead, invoice, flyers, business cards and updated CV) plus testimonials from satisfied clients. I feel as prepared as I can be to start on the next part of this adventure.
This training course has dragged me kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I’ve re-learned the current use of commas and hyphens, etc, which is different from what I was taught in my primary school. This course has proved to be invaluable.
My tutor was very patient and understanding which was important to me as an older student. I was a bit slow at times in understanding what I needed to do. But I’ve graduated with my diploma in Proofreading and Editing.
This Proofreading & Book Editing course has helped me in my current work as the editor of an association magazine. It has made me more aware of how important proofreading is to creating a publication. It has helped ‘train my eye’.
I feel my written work is clearer, more consistent and must be easier to read. It has also made me more aware of the different roles in publishing. I’ve used the course resources to develop a comprehensive style guide. We use this throughout our office so we have consistent, clear and grammatically correct publications.
I want to tell you I enjoyed this course immensely. It took me 14 months because I have a hectic family life. It has given me an insight into a new career I knew very little about. To be able to earn a living from something I love to do – read – while I continue to indulge in an equal love – writing stories for children – is fantastic. While progressing through this course my confidence in myself and my abilities has increased. I have a PLAN to work towards and the tools to do it.
I was halfway through this proofreader training course when I decided to start my own proofreading and book editing company. The background for my thinking is a little complicated but basically I rent and I can’t afford to buy my own home in Auckland. I can’t survive as a solo mother on a small wage so I needed a serious plan. I know you have to spend money to make money. I know what I am good at. So here I go.
I supervise staff from 19 different countries so correcting their written work is a difficult task. This course helped me hugely.
Taking the proofreading course last year was definitely a life game-changer for me. The learnings I gathered from the course study materials, the textbooks, the tutor instructions and interactions from all of you (including my fellow students) have set me up for a successful start for the proofreading services I now offer.
Shortly after receiving my diploma I was able to secure a freelance proofreading job for a school.
Thus, I have recovered my investment already. Actually, it is an amount more than I spent enrolling for the course. And in such a short period, too! (I wish I could say the same for my university degree which took me a few years to realise a ROI on my uni fees.)
My first paying proofreading client has complimented me on the professional manner in which I have communicated with them, as well as the structured way I delivered my proofreading service.
Mind you, I have done nothing special except follow all the guidelines from the course.
The nuggets of wisdom I received from the proofreading and editing course are definitely the proven formula for success!
The most valuable takeaway I took with me from this course was the confidence I gained in order to take on the job.
I appreciated learning how to set myself up in business as a professional proofreader and copy editor.
I liked the freedom to choose my own study time. The wealth of product and service knowledge in the training course materials was impressive. The URL links and references to other websites helped me expand my proofreader skills and understanding of the publishing industry. I liked the practical exercises (with answers at the back). They helped me understand as I progressed whether I was on the right track or not. There was nothing I disliked.
I have fibromyalgia which prevents me from working in a typical job environment. I have always loved books, reading and the English language. My reason for doing this course was so I could develop a proofreading business I can operate from home. Thus, I can take short rests and still meet proofreading deadlines. I have now graduated DipEdit and my business is OPEN.
I graduated with my Proofreader Diploma in 2007. Since then I’ve been teaching English to students in Vietnam. I also proofread newspaper articles for Vietnam News, the English language newspaper which keeps the ex-pat community informed. Once the word got around that I am a professional proofreader I got extra work proofreading and editing documents for Vietnamese government officials. I’m 72 now and my age seems to work in my favour in Vietnam. I love the life here.
I am sorry my Proofreading and Book Editing Course is now over. I have enjoyed doing it very much. During the time when my other consultancy work reduced it has given me a worthwhile fresh challenge, and another income.
I found my tutor’s feedback helpful, self-explanatory and easy to follow. Another benefit was this home-study system had a ready-made community of other students so I never felt alone in what I was doing. It felt like a safety net. I could ask for help when I needed it. Thank you.
The skills and experiences I have gained on this Proofreading course are already helping me in my chosen career, and in my personal life. It has surprised me how much I have already used this new knowledge in the classroom, and in my voluntary work on the marae.
At school my students have benefitted from my knowledge of story plotting, creative writing, proofreading and editing. I have noticed their new ability to produce finer, more advanced pieces of writing. These are skills teachers are not generally accustomed to passing on to their students.
On the marae we are setting up a trust to protect our assets into the future. My editing skills have proved invaluable with preparing these documents.
An unexpected bonus with this course has been recognising my future pathway and the peace of mind this has brought into my life. I am now assured of where I want to be in the twilight of my career and I greet it with much enthusiasm. I also realise I needed ‘time out’ from my previous routine of working set hours. I have enjoyed with great pleasure rediscovering who I am and where I’m going.
I’m now enjoying good health and this course has set me on fire, ready to face an exciting new future. I’m energised and ready for what lies ahead.
I am enjoying my retirement after leaving my stressful employment in the insurance industry. I have enjoyed the Proofreading and Book Editing Course immensely. I really enjoyed creating my own business cards and letterhead. This course has provided excellent skills knowledge plus the tools for setting myself up in business.
Embarking on this course has given me renewed physical and mental vigour. I am enjoying the new direction my life is taking.
I’m happy to say I graduated last month and I am now making inroads into developing a home-based freelancing proofreading business. Currently I’m working on a blurb for my new Facebook page. I honestly didn’t imagine, when I started the course, that I’d be going in this direction. Actually I had no idea WHAT might come of it! But I feel I’ve found my passion, my niche, and things are starting to sprout from little seeds planted here and there. Very exciting!
Thank you very much. It was a great personal development doing this course and I feel confident to use the tools and exercises you provided within this course. I am motivated and excited to start with my volunteer clients for a start and after a while proceed with paying clients. I see this as a good opportunity to start my own business and get specialized in one special area (health coaching).
How rewarding to complete this diploma. As an older student with many life experiences and always in my heart a passion to help people, this business study has been my own mentor to empower me to recognize I can be a professional Life Coach. A satisfying and rewarding study working through each tutorial building a rounded outline of how a Life Coach can achieve amazing results in clients lives with good business skills as well.
Doing the Life Coaching course is a great way to learn about your own rhythm and motivation. The material is vast and covers several aspects that require some deep thinking. The course has given me an opportunity to figure out what is required of a coach and business owner. My tutor has been great and the staff are very supportive, helpful and friendly. I’d encourage anyone who is thinking about doing this to just give it a go. I learned a lot about myself and others. It has already helped me with my personal and professional relationships. I feel I have a quiet confidence and feel more centred. Now, time to coach…
This Life Coach training course has given me confidence and the assurance that I have the skills to incorporate life coaching into my personal trainer business. I love my work and I am good at it.
Over the past four months I have had a wonderful new world opened up to me. I have learned so much and I have been introduced to many extremely inspiring and motivating people. I look forward to continuous personal development and forever growing my knowledge base, enabling me to successfully motivate and guide others to realise THEIR dreams. In doing so I will be doing what I love and loving what I do.
My apprenticeship period has been ongoing since I began this Life Coaching course. I have found myself continually conscious of the skills which I know are relevant in everyday life. While I have not actively sought clients they just come across my path.
I have coached individuals experiencing burnout, serious illness, death of a family member, financial hardship and loneliness. I have used the skills I learned such as open-end questioning, establishing goals, making changes and client empowerment.
During my training I moved from Christchurch to Adelaide. No problems as my course moved with me. I found this course a lot more streamlined than what I imagined. It tied together nicely all the bits of information I have learned over the last few months.
I learned some interesting things about how to engage with a target audience via ‘social media’ to enhance my performance. Also, how to develop and enhance the primary engagement of an audience by requiring them to be active. Eg: getting some form of response.
I learned how to be methodical about selecting my target age range; why it is imperative to constantly review and renew strategies to see my progress; revising my information to make it more relevant or accessible to my target audience and how to use different platforms.
I reviewed the course book ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ by Louise Hay. This book is my favourite because the idealogy appeals. I have tested and challenged the content and found there to be truth in it for me. Through her book Louise Hay encouraged me to develop a greater awareness and appreciation of the mind-body-spirit connection, for which I am grateful
I plan to use my Life Coaching knowledge and skills in my normal employment dealing with people’s insurance claims and my other role as a marriage celebrant.
I find there is no shortage of people requiring encouragement, empowerment and guidance regarding the effects of their earthquake claims.
I have met with a fellow NZIBS Life Coach graduate and we have agreed to become each other’s clients. That way we can compare coaching strategies and techniques, and experience life coaching from both sides of the table.
I have always thought creatively since I was a child. I’ve enjoyed crafts like paper dolls, scrapbooks and pressed flowers throughout my life – so it’s been a part of my being. I love encouraging, motivating and helping people believe they can do better and achieve their personal goals. I’ve attended many creative classes in South Africa and in New Zealand.
Through this Life Coach training course I have gained fresh insights into how to nurture other people’s talents. I feel too many art teachers put a damper on their students’ confidence. The teachers aren’t aware of the impact in the WORDS they use, which can make a difference between the desire to continue learning or dropping the subject.
I’ve written and published two children’s books so far. My next project is to write a book which will motivate creativity in adults.
I want to specialise in coaching people to be more creative – regardless of which activity. I will conduct workshops so everyone can interact, have fun and take away something they can use to develop their own creativity with self-belief and confidence.
I already have an established Life Coaching business as I’ve been practising for 25 years. I am in the process of re-launching myself as a global business, hence I am doing this NZIBS course as my refresher training.
I have dramatically influenced the lives of 16,000 people from all walks of life, in different cultures and in many countries. I have been consulted by a prime minister, cabinet ministers, celebrities, business people, plus regular mums and dads.
I have developed a system which allows a client to learn about themselves, plus how and why they react the way they do. I show them how to change their thinking and therefore their lives.
I am passionate about coaching people to improve their work positions, achieve their goals and dreams, and have a balanced life. Currently my focus is to help low income families. I know this group does not have spare money to spend on something like Life Coaching. I will do group coaching with 50 people at a time, with my fee subsidised through the local church. My initial investigation says the demand is there.
My other project is helping unemployed people in Timaru. I will offer weekly coaching sessions for 12 months. To survive financially in a small town I will do group coaching, with new clients sent to me from WINZ.
Doing this course has really encouraged me because I can now see that earning a reasonable income from Life Coaching is more achievable than it seemed before I broke it down into numbers.
Great course. It's amazing where it can take you.
The passion I have experienced throughout doing these assignments has been so rewarding to me as an individual. I have learned so much and now I look forward to the next stage of my journey. I am growing so much as a person and the direction I am embarking on is very exciting. Thank you, tutor Phil and NZIBS, for creating this Life Coaching opportunity and for enriching my life.
I graduated from the NZIBS training course in December 2014 with a Life Coaching diploma, and have been immensely enjoying practising in my own business. I am now a Life Coach for a major Maori Social Services organisation – which is very exciting. It seems all concerned are excited too because I have added Life Coaching to the list of therapies available to their clients.
Some of the things I learned while doing my NZIBS Life Coach training course: A prompt response means you care, you show respect and you make the other person feel valued. Knowing and using the other person’s name is vital. It gives them a feeling of personal security and establishes rapport. Because first impressions count, I learned the value of a ‘Meet & Greet Plan’. Now I use it every time. I learned how showing respect pays a regular deposit into the other person’s Self-Esteem Bank. I’ve learned how to operate my Life Coaching as a proper business.
Having passion ignites a spark of fulfilment in your life and it brings your creativity alive. You feel ‘Anything Is Possible’. It’s like an overwhelming joy when you know what path you are on and it feels ‘RIGHT’. This gives you energy to put into your business, your clients and your whole life. It’s a wonderful feeling when we can incorporate passion into our day-to-day lives. It spills over into our relationships with other people. When you are giving your clients the best strategies and the best road map to find their success you will become the most sought-after Life Coach. I attended a friend’s 40th birthday party where I did some networking. In our general discussions I provided some inspiring ‘Know How’ to women who wanted to change their lives. I have four clients already. I put my business card on the local Singing & Drama & Acting group notice board. People who want to gain confidence in their stage presentation skills have contacted me already. My next objective is to write an ebook on my chosen topic.
I have two niche Life Coaching opportunities: Self-esteem coaching and spiritual self-development. My greatest joy is helping people develop their lives to their full potential. I know I can now change their negatives into positives. I see too many people get through a medical healing but they don’t enjoy the fullness of their healing because their thought patterns are still stuck in their negative past. I can show people how our health boundaries move and grow with us, so they needn’t limit us or hold us back. Knowing about our stretched health boundaries gives us the security to go after our wildest dreams.
Recently I accepted a position as a part-time gambling counsellor. This work is not new to me and, while it is counselling and not coaching, there is a lot of overlap and many of the same strategies can be used in both roles. I am passionate about lifestyle balance. This is an essential tool for managing stress. I am now able to coach clients on how they are eating, sleeping, exercising, managing their relationships and balancing their work, money management strategies, mental attitudes and making time for leisure and play. As a former yoga teacher I am confident when I conduct relaxation sessions. I also show clients how to breathe effectively to calm themselves and manage their emotions.
Whenever I called the office, staff members were really friendly and helpful. Any request I made was responded to promptly and I appreciated the four-month extension I received. Everyone was flexible and happy to assist and I appreciated the courtesy call from the Institute which I received sometime after I started the course. I think it is a great course which has really given me a lot and I would certainly recommend it to others. I found it pragmatic – which really suited me. My greatest praise, however, goes to my tutor who is a great bloke and a wonderful teacher.
The lessons summed up important information in a small package. The feedback from my tutor was excellent and his opinion was well received and constructive. The assignments were well presented and for the most part easy to understand while challenging. I found the Student Discussion Board a very helpful tool and a good place to find out about other students problems/successes.
I would like to thank you for the very worthwhile opportunity received from studying the Freelance Journalism Course. I learned heaps and felt great satisfaction in completing my assignments and in having a finished product! The feedback from my tutor was very constructive and I thoroughly enjoyed the review writing and beauty therapy interview.
Whilst doing the Freelance Journalism Course I acquired the appropriate skills and language necessary. The samples of quality journalism provided throughout the course, which explained the content of the tutorial in a practical and enjoyable way, were excellent. The feedback from the tutor was constructive, honest and encouraging.
I enjoyed the Freelance Journalism Course thoroughly. It helped me to find out where my writing talents lie. I learned how to produce professional copy and how to approach editors. It also gave me the opportunity to have my writing assessed by a professional writer and I would like to extend special thanks to the tutor for his advice, constructive criticism and, on occasion, praise.
The Freelance Journalism Course pretty much-covered everything I wanted to know in about the right amount of detail. I was required to use my skills and knowledge as I was learning and I got very good advice and support from my tutor.
I look for the successful patterns in life – and repeat them. That’s the NLP principle behind Dan Brown’s novels and the Chicken Soup stories. As a chef, I know how popular Waldorf Salad is. So it wasn’t a huge leap to develop my less well known Waldorf Dessert recipe. (Note: the recipe for boiling an egg isn’t copyrightable. But the words you write for your version of the process becomes your copyright.) I think Waldorf Dessert featured on the menu of the last dinner served on the Titanic. That is an added pinch of intrigue. Who said food writers aren’t creative! I put my version of Waldorf Dessert on AssociatedContent.com which pays a few cents royalty each time some visitor downloads the item. Time will tell how big this idea is.
Have done the course and enjoyed it. Now have a blog spot and am involved in marketing as well. Working in radio with my LPFM station. All the skills I learnt here have helped. More importantly though is my confidence. Made many friends and contacts. Not always liked or agreed with stuff I say, write, etc, but sports brings people together. Get it done, find out from the team at NZIBS today.
Excellent institution...well worth the learning.
I completed this course and now writing for “Gameday” on the CRFU website. Picked up a lot of tips. Worth it if you’re serious about sports journalism.
I owe my writing career to doing this course. I did one of these years ago and it’s been my meal ticket ever since, highly recommend it. I’ve had 14 happy years of writing for national magazines, it’s been tremendous. Along the way I’ve met others who have done your courses and have had similar success. One is now one of my editors. Thanks to your encouragement to help me on my way and offer practical advice on how to achieve my writing goals.
The structure of the tutorials has been excellent and I still regularly refer to tutorial content as I work. The staff and tutors have been accessible and supportive. The Student Forum is a superb platform for knowledge, discussion and camaraderie among students and tutors. The NZIBS newsletters are always welcome in my Inbox for their informative, inspirational content. Hats off to my tutor Tina Shaw for her encouragement and excellent constructive criticism that has taught me so much. Kathy Swailes, an NZIBS student/graduate was generous with her knowledge as she proofread my copy. Being able to tap into the skills of other students helps us all. I remember feeling a little sad when I saw the word ‘End’ written on the final page of Tutorial 5B. I like to think of it as ‘Just the Beginning’. Thank you for all of it.
This is a great team and there are some fantastic courses. Anyone wishing to learn something new needs to check out their courses.
I thoroughly loved mine and when I was struggling to work through a previous course, young Brian Morris recognised my struggles and actually suggested I change it to something that would really be up my alley. This interjection from him made all the difference from me possibly failing the previous course, to passing the right one for me ... with merit! Yay!
I graduated from the poetry writing course a little while ago. As life goes on, I realise so many things I learned through the course are guiding my writing. I am braver with words because of it. I have written forever, and now am learning to write my way through life's challenges and now wanting to do something with what I write. I have two adult children and two grandchildren. My life is in transition and creativity is a major part of where I will go from here. I am thinking strongly of the editing and proofreading course, the perfectionist in me may find that very fulfilling.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all three courses that I have enrolled in. They have challenged me in the best possible way, and I have learnt wonderful skills which I use every day.
I really appreciate the willingness of the NZIBS staff and community to help with queries and provide support. I am very proud to be a part of this community. I have no doubt that I will be back for more!
Thank you again for the book and for your support in general.
The story I handed in for my last assignment received an honourable mention in the competition that I sent it to. It's the first time I've ever been placed, so thank you for all your help throughout the year.
Just to let you know that your parcel with my Diploma has arrived today. Thank you for all the extras included too. Even though I knew the parcel was coming, it still felt very special and like Christmas as I unwrapped such a gift box. Thank you for making it possible for me to do this course and for all your encouragement and behind the scenes support. I am very grateful.
Dear NZIBS Team, I had never done a correspondence course before and your advice and care were impressive. Please pass my thanks to Tina. Her help made all the difference.
This course has helped me immensely - the overwhelming sense of achievement, the personal growth I experienced. Letter writing now flows very fast and fluently and is an enjoyable exercise. Even emails are a better standard. My tutor was helpful and understanding. She gave me clear advice and examples to solve my problems which were mainly to do with grammar and punctuation. She was positive and always encouraging. I have more than achieved my original objective of gaining a better understanding of written English.
I have learnt how to use punctuation and grammar, yet still retain my own style of writing. I had to find a style of writing that described to readers what I was seeing and feeling in the spirit world which I travelled. My tutor related very well to all my objectives and writing problems that I had. She was very helpful. For me, the course had everything that was needed.
I've finished the Mystery Course which I thoroughly enjoyed and I learnt so much.
Just to say thank you for linking me with Tina as my tutor. I am very impressed with Tina, she is very constructive in her feedback. The course is very well structured and I am getting an enormous amount of pleasure and learning from the experience.
Thank you so much for a great experience with the NZIBS. Tina was an excellent tutor and I thoroughly enjoyed the course.
I had been looking for something to do when my time at University of Canterbury comes to an end and had considered a proofreading course as something that I could do from home and in my own time. A friend was doing the NZIBS Proofreading course and while looking at the different courses available on that website, the short fiction writing one seemed a more appropriate choice for me at this time. Like a lot of people, I thought I had a story in me, and short story writing seemed a good place to start. Surely that couldn’t be too difficult. Then the learning curve started. When I sent off my draft of the first story, I had hoped to get a big tick for it, but that didn’t eventuate. I’ve developed a thicker skin and appreciated the constructive criticism from Tina Shaw. All her comments were right and changing the text in line with her directions meant that the finished story was much better than my first effort. I’ve enjoyed putting words on the page and I’m proud of my first effort, New Friends, that has just been published on Amazon.
I’ve written my first novel “Cold Blooded” and it’s on Smashwords and Amazon. Now I’m working on my second thriller. Thank you Joan Rosier-Jones, I couldn’t have done it without your guidance.
I do a lot more writing now. I write website and newsletter material for one client. I write (sales) emails for another client. I’m also writing a rock-climbing guide.
I began this course ‘Writing stories for Children’ with the intention of writing for my own pleasure. Writing is one of my passions. However, I never expected it to open a whole new world of possibilities for me. My objective now that I have graduated is to combine pleasure and business. I believe my writing has become a powerful tool which can transform people’s lives.
I want to tell you I enjoyed this course immensely. It took me 14 months because I have a hectic family life. It has given me an insight into a new career I knew very little about. To be able to earn a living from something I love to do – read – while I continue to indulge in an equal love – writing stories for children – is fantastic. While progressing through this course my confidence in myself and my abilities has increased. I have a PLAN to work towards and the tools to do it. Thank you.
I owe a big thank you to the great team at NZIBS for installing a belief to follow your passion. Following your dreams can be hard work but I can attest if you keep at it you will get there. My favourite quote is from Steve Jobs: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.”
The freelance photography course is a great way to learn how to use your SLR camera properly rather using it as a point and click. My tutor's feedback was excellent and so helpful in pointing me in the right direction when I got a bit confused. I would recommend this course to others.
With my tutor’s encouragement, I began to compose photos rather than just take snaps. I enjoy being creative, adding life and character and understanding photo composition.
This training has opened a new and exciting hobby for me, so now I have upgraded to a better camera which does from macro to zoom. The camera’s ability will keep me happily learning for a while.
I love the outdoors and photograph whatever catches my eye. I do it for the fun and enjoyment. I enjoy being in the background of formal occasions (seeing things from a different angle), and getting shots the professionals don’t get.
I send the good ones to the subjects as my gift and their responses excite me, compelling me to do even better.
I compile photobooks for people which record their lives. I capture them being passionate about their hobbies and personal successes.
This is all very rewarding and worthwhile. I have begun a fascinating journey.
Taking pictures is something I have loved doing for years. I have learned so much through this course and I will always be grateful for this opportunity. Thank you to my tutor for your very constructive feedback and encouragement, even when my photos were not so good. I loved getting my assignments back from you.
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