Below is a selection of reviews received from our graduates (click each tab for details):
I thought I was pretty good at spelling and punctuation - until I did the Proofreading and Editing Course. Completing this course has given me so much more confidence to proof the technical documents that come over my desk. I now know exactly what to look for, how to mark up the mistakes and how to communicate effectively with the author. Dick Ward was an excellent tutor, and the course has opened up a whole new world of resources to help into the future. I will definitely recommend this course to others.
I found the Proofreading and Editing course to be very well run and definitely designed with the student at the forefront. I learnt so much that I previously was unaware of and the course had a practical aspect that will help me to apply my knowledge into a successful business venture.
The NZIBS Proofreading and Editing course delivered everything I was hoping it would. It was fun, interesting, informative, and engrossing. The support from my tutor and fellow students in the student forum made sure I never felt that I was alone in this course. I could spend whole days studying and be surprised at how quickly the day had passed. I took an Australian correspondence course ten years ago but didn't feel I finished it with the tools I needed to start my own business. I continued with the home based business I was running but still had Proofreading in the back of my mind. Reaching a point where i knew I needed to change work I decided to undertake this course and I'm so pleased I did. Many of the gaps I had in my knowledge have been filled, the rest will come with experience. I now feel confident to begin to build my business and I'm looking forward to the future.
I really enjoyed this course. The tutorials were well written and well organised. The tutors provide good feedback and are very supportive. This course has set me up to follow a new direction after retiring from teaching. Many thanks.
I deliberated for several months before actually enrolling in the Proofreading & Editing Course but feel very pleased that I did. The course provided me with much more than I expected, and although some assignments were challenging I felt supported by my tutor.
The Proofreading and Editing Course is interesting and enjoyable to work through. It gives you additional skills to use either in this particular field or that are easily transferable to most work environments. In addition, you are taught how to set up a business of your own if this is your wish.
This course has been challenging, but in a manageable way. As a mum of a toddler, and another on the way, I really appreciated the flexibility this course offered. I was able to work at my own pace and get help when I needed it. I'm really proud of myself for completing this diploma, even though it took a little longer than I had planned.
NZIBS has provided me with the opportunity to learn in an area that I greatly enjoy. It has opened my eyes to so much possibility that can be achieved when one really puts their mind to it. A love of learning is definitely nurtured and the support between other learners is overwhelming. I definitely recommend NZIBS and I look forward to becoming part of the Graduates Club!
This started as an interest rather than an expectation to run a business. However, the excellent tutorials and informative and objective responses to my assignments have grabbed my enthusiasm to 'give it a go'.
The course was a challenge in some parts, and Dick sometimes must have felt like banging his head against a brick wall. I was making the same mistakes often, and it didn’t seem to click into place until towards the end of the course. I would, and have recommended this course to a friend from work.
Being of what is politely termed "retirement age", and not having studied anything for many a long year, I enrolled for my course with some trepidation and after much procrastination. I'm so very glad that I found the courage! I've learnt an enormous amount and feel confident that I can do a good job. There were many helpful hints and tips throughout the course, and I would recommend that future students take them on board - these tutors know what they're talking about! Thank you NZIBS.
This course was on my bucket list for years. Finally, I have taken it and completed it. What a journey...I've thoroughly enjoyed every moment, and special thanks to my wonderful tutor, who encouraged me all the way. Now I am ready to begin my next journey with my new-found skills. Lookout...here I come. Thanks to everyone at NZIBS.
Highly recommend the proofreading and editing course. Assignments were well organised, administration excellent, the tutor was knowledgeable and professional. I now have the skills and confidence to start my own proofreading business.
The Proofreading & Editing Course has been incredibly interesting. I have learnt so much. I am sad that I have finished it!
This was a really great experience for me. Thank you
I would highly recommend NZIBS if you are looking for a proofreading /editing course. I found the course very easy to follow and full of information and links. The resources that came with the course have been very helpful and I shall no doubt refer to them in the future. The student forum is a great place to go to for advice or just to generally check out some of the threads. I have found several chats quite helpful. My tutor was very quick to reply to any questions I asked and was very helpful and constructive with her feedback on my assignments. All in all the course has been a great experience.
I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to get into the publishing area. I have loved it and am very sorry that it has all come to a close. However, it has given me the impetus to continue on with other online courses in the same or similar field. I may even become a full-time, professional student!
I have not studied for many many years, but this experience was amazing. I found the course material excellently presented, the tutors helpful and the course itself is everything and more than I expected. It is certainly wonderful knowing I will now be able to contribute financially to our family through being able to work in my new found proofreading and copyediting career. I cannot wait to get started!
I decided to do this course not really knowing what to expect. When the course material arrived in the mail and I opened it up and had a look, I did ask myself "What have I done here?" However, I plunged right in and a year later I find myself having completed the course.
It was fun, challenging, thought-provoking and I would recommend it if you find that errors in publications jump out at you and drive you crazy - you obviously already have an eye for those mistakes, this course will help you sharpen those skills and could open doors to a new career!
All the best!
I took this course as a way to improve on what I’ve read and understand but have gained so much more!
I found the course helpful, illuminating in some aspects and quite nurturing in many ways. I have been editing and proofreading in an informal way for years but now I have new disciplines to follow and adhere to. It will be interesting to see where my new skill and confidence lead me next.
I really loved his course. The materials were really interesting, informative and clear to follow. The assignments were varied and covered off all aspects of proofreading & editing. I completed the course feeling confident and excited about what lies ahead.
I highly recommend the NZIBS Proofreading and Book Editing course for anyone with an interest in grammar, spelling and writing. The tutorials are well set out and interesting and the corresponding assignments aren't too challenging if the tutorial work is studied well.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Proofreading and Editing course which I found to be manageable whilst working full time. The course material and assignments are clearly presented, interesting and sufficiently challenging—a great opportunity for professional and personal growth!
This course has and will continue to help me proof/edit/format documents in not only my current but future working roles/life. It will also help me run my own business. I have learnt so much and with the course being step by step, it is amazing how much each tutorial teaches.
Fantastic course - would highly recommend. I feel I got excellent value for money.
I would highly recommend anyone who has an interest in the English language to take on this course, it is interesting and informative. I have learned so much since this time last year and it has not encroached in to my spare time too much.
I have been enthusiastic in telling people who've asked, how interesting and stimulating I've found the PAE course. The course content and tutorial support have been excellent, and the administration has been flawless. I'm looking forward to getting started in this field!
Overall this course has been a really exciting project for me, which I hope to put to use in my every day life. I have learned a lot and love the back up of the student portal. I cannot wait to put my new skills into practice. Thanks to my tutor Katrien, I appreciate all your help. Look out world here comes a new eager proof reader.
I really enjoyed this course. I have learned a lot of new skills and will be able to use them not only in the and editing profession but also in other areas.
This was a thorough and detailed course and extremely interesting. I have learned an incredible amount which I am sure will enable me to set up a home business. Thank you so much to all involved. I look forward to joining the Graduates Club and continuing access to the excellent Student Forum.
Enrolling in the Proofreading and Editing Course with NZIBS has been an invaluable experience for me! I enrolled when I was unsure what I wanted to do with my life, and it has opened doors for me and exposed me to more paths. The staff are friendly and personally invested in your journey, and they will celebrate all successes with you! I couldn't recommend NZIBS more.
I have enjoyed the course overall and am really grateful to now be officially qualified to set up my own proof-reading and editing business. Liza, you have been absolutely fabulous! Right from the start and all the way through, you have been really interested and super helpful to me. Many thanks to my tutor Val and to you all!
It took me a long time to complete this course. My tutors were very encouraging and I am so glad I persisted. I haven't even reached the end of my course and already I have a proofreading contract. The course gives you the skills and resources to run a successful business. The NZIBS also have strong forums for advice further down your career path should you need it.
NZIBS has provided me with an opportunity of a lifetime, in a comfortable, non-threatening environment. I now have the responsibility of using the new knowledge that I have gained to the very best of my ability in the work that I now set out to do. I take a moment to tell you how proud I am of me, and whats more, my children think I have been awarded a Doctorate degree. I will correct them at some stage. No, really, I will. Thank you NZIBS.
I have really enjoyed doing this course. It has pushed me to learn more about a subject that I have always loved and look very much forward to to help others in finishing their written works.
I have never studied via correspondence so this was a new experience for me. The whole experience has been fantastic. I highly recommend trying a course offered by NZIBS!
This course has taken me to places I thought were too hard to reach on my own— a glimpse into the world of publishing, a proofreader with recognised skills, and tools to run my own business, on my own terms. I've thoroughly enjoyed the accumulated sense of achievement and ongoing excitement this course has given me. The NZIBS team shows what distance learning should be: professional, well-run and supportive for the students.
I learned how to turn something I find enjoyable into a business! I loved every moment and I value the feedback and direction the tutor provided.
Very good and enjoyable course. Thank you
A very encouraging learning experience. Excellent guidance through encouraging tutor comments and being able to access other student and tutor comments and issues on the Student Forum. Thank you.
Being a keen reader, when this course appeared on my computer, I felt the need to investigate further.I'm pleased I did, although I didn't realise how involved it would be.(I was never a good student at school, but this was going to be different and I would succeed). I have enjoyed the course, although a couple of assignments had me questioning my ability to see it through. My tutor was very helpful, giving positive encouragement which had me working harder. This course has boosted my failing confidence and I will strongly recommend this course to anyone interested in this industry. I'm looking forward to putting what I have learned into practice.
I found the course materials, course structure, and assignments to be relevant and enjoyable. The course was at right level to provide some challenge and I quickly realised that there is more to proofreading than I had imagined. The feedback was excellent, always positive and encouraging. By the end I felt confident and well-prepared to start working as a proofreader, as preparation for work is woven throughout the course.
If you think proofreading is dull, think again! The Proofreading and Editing Course at NZIBS will keep you thoroughly engaged and when it comes to an end, you’ll wish it could go on a bit longer. Actually, it does, because graduate support is fantastic. The course itself is thorough; by the end of it you can be sure you’ll know how to mark up content; at the same time you’ll have become circumspect having learned that language is fluid, tastes differ, rules are not what they always seem, so you need to give up the pedantry, if you tend that way. Thus, the course teaches you far more than how to spot and mark up errors; it teaches you how to be a professional in a world of consummate professionals. You won’t be a Bob Cratchit laboriously scratching away at your manuscripts; you’ll be looking at the writer’s craft—origin, style, purpose, audience—no matter whether the writing is factual or fictional, it must be looked at as a piece of writing created by an individual with his/her own aspirations and preferences. You’ll finish the course with a satisfied feeling that you’ve gone beyond what you expected in the beginning, a copious list of references and a fat dossier on the nuts and bolts of starting your new business, if you so wish.
I really enjoyed this course. The material covered seemed perfectly pitched for someone looking for a change and wanting to start out in the proofreading and editing trade.
The course outlined many aspects of publishing, useful to know when proofreading and editing. After each assignment I was always eager to tackle the next tutorial. Assignments covered a range of editing/proofreading tasks, providing a glimpse of opportunities for interesting editing work.
My experience with NZIBS has been overwhelmingly positive and inspirational. The course material and assignments were relevant and enjoyable, and my tutor gave me positive encouragement to motivate me to work harder as well as boosting my confidence. I would recommend this course and NZIBS unreservedly.
I have always been an avid reader and I have a passion for books, so proofreading seemed like the next step. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the resulting journey into the world of editing!
All in all, I found the Proofreading and Editing course at NZIBS an enjoyable experience and at the right level to challenge me. My tutor was wonderfully supportive and provided very thorough feedback. Also, there are many avenues to obtain peer support and additional help if you want or need to.
I really enjoyed the Proofreading and Editing course. I learned a lot and I think it will help me in the future with academic writing, even if I choose not to go into proofreading as a career. The tutor was very helpful and gave comprehensive feedback on all assignments and they make you feel valued as a student.
I am happy to recommend this course to anyone I come in contact with who is likely to be interested, or other courses that you have, for that matter, as I am sure they are of equal quality.
I look forward to working in this industry and continuing with the Graduate Club.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone wishing to extend and challenge themselves. The outcomes of this study programme are increased confidence, skill and opportunity to lay the foundation for an independent income stream.
When I started on this course of study, I discovered that my idea of proofreading and editing was pretty basic and there was a lot to learn! The course content was great though and contained plenty of information and detail. If anyone is thinking about doing some study, even if you are in your 60’s, totally go for it! It’s worth it and it’s never too late to chase that dream! Be proud!
I received excellent tuition from the editing and proofreading course at NZIBS. My skills in grammar, punctuation, and spelling have vastly improved. I am grateful for the help I received while I was studying and the course renewed my enthusiasm for English. The information about starting up your own business was both enjoyable and pragmatic. The course helped me to venture into being a sole trader.
The Proofreading and Editing Course I completed through NZIBS was a comprehensive and good quality course which I would recommend to anyone. It has equipped me to work professionally in a very exciting area and enabled me to confidently offer my services as a proofreader/editor and to work from home which is a dream come true.
I had an interesting experience. It wasn't quite what I was expecting but it challenged me in different ways and helped me to develop as a proofreader. The assignments were challenging but not impossible and my tutor gave feedback which was helpful. I'm glad I chose to start and complete the course. I still have a lot to learn!
You would think that getting a PhD would provide me with a sense of certainty about my own writing, but it did not, and my confidence took another blow when I lost my proofreader. I have always loved working with words and I decided to take the proofreading and editing course offered by the NZIBS as a test to see if I really did have the skills to go it alone as a freelance editor. I loved the course and I grew from the feedback I received from my tutor. It pushed me back into the land of verbs and nouns, it made me face my punctuation demons and it helped me ascend my grammar woes. I have now carved out a niche for my freelance editing and proofreading services (www.swiftsolutions.co.nz). But even more than this, I have developed the belief in myself that I can write and that I have a few stories worth telling, so I am enrolling on a NZIBS writing course to continue my writing journey.
I found training with the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies to be a positive experience. There is plenty of material in the tutorials, masses of references to draw on and encouragement from all levels of the personnel within the Institute. Thank you!
A great programme, thoroughly enjoyed it.
I had been really looking forward to starting the proofreading and editing course. It was great to have some challenging writing to proofread. I realised that I do still have a lot to learn in order to enhance my command of the English language. This has motivated me to read even more and to read on a greater variety of subjects. I found each of the tutorials full of really useful information. I liked how there were tips on useful websites etc to visit in order to gain some additional understanding of various topics. The proofreading symbols were easy to learn I felt that the assignments were really good at testing the skills that I was acquiring. I highly recommend this course!
My journey with NZIBS has been positive from start to finish. My husband forwarded information about this course which he had seen Facebook. I immediately called the office and spoke to Dr Liza Pujji, who was both helpful and informative. I am an avid reader and have always been interested in literature, but have worked in the scientific field for many years. Proofreading is quite a change of direction. I really enjoyed all the input and helpful suggestions from my tutor Dick Ward. I found the course very interesting and stimulating and loved being able to work at my own pace, in my own time, and in my own home.
I am very pleased with the service and help I received from NZIBS while studying for the Proofreading and Editing Diploma. If I did not understand part of an assignment I looked on the student portal or emailed my tutor, Dick Ward, who was quick to respond and reassure me. I have completed my studies with a great sense of achievement and am now looking forward to putting my new found skills into practice.
I would thoroughly recommend the Proofreading and Book Editing (PAE) course to anyone who is interested in reading, writing and the use of language. I loved all the readings and assignments, every one of them challenged me - just learning the all new symbols and their use for proofreading was demanding in itself! I have told so many people about PAE and just hope they will take the next step - it's definitely worth it!
I started the Proofreading and Editing course because I was looking for training in something I could enjoy and do from home. I have always enjoyed proofreading and this course reinforced this for me. The skills and knowledge I have gained from this course will be a solid base for me to promote myself as a Proofreader. I look forward to using these skills to develop my own business. The encouragement and support I received from my tutor were exceptional. Thank you all so much.
The office staff were so supportive and understanding. My tutor was amazing! Thank you so much, Val. I looked forward to your feedback, more than the mark. Your comments and feedback were always positive, and I learned something every time. I learned as much about proofreading and editing as I did about myself. I always feel there is more to learn!
Here I am with a diploma sitting proudly on my office wall. My office in its previous life was our garage, now we have a lovely wee office and a smaller garage. Fortunately, we have a very obliging neighbour and we keep our boat in his garage. I’ve just been given the job for proofreading a Cook Islands’ Ministry of Health document, also a series of small books for kiddies written by one of the physios I’m working with, another short story for kiddies from the NZIBS noticeboard postings. Another friend runs a private training establishment and I’ve got the PAID!!!!! (as in real dollars) job of proofreading quite a large amount of training and resource material for them.
I learned how to turn something I find enjoyable into a business! I loved every moment and I value the feedback and direction the tutor provided.
Have to say, WONDERFUL support is given to students!
I have 3/4 completed the course and thoroughly enjoyed it. Look forward to graduating. Thank you New Zealand Institute of Business Studies for presenting me with this great opportunity.
I was so excited to get my course materials on Monday night! It was a stationery lovers dream. So far I am really enjoying learning something new, inspite of a cold that is making my head a bit foggy at the moment. The material is thorough and makes sense. I am glad I committed 😊
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!
I would highly recommend NZIBS to anyone who is serious about establishing themselves as a life coach. The course is well structured, easy to follow and leaves you feeling confident and motivated to get your life coaching business under way.
This course is an eye opener for one passionately wanting to be a coach, all the information is there to get started. At the start I thought of getting it done fast but as I grew into this world I decided to stretch it out because why rush? Soak in all the information you can and learn. You can rush education but you cant rush passion.
A very good course, I learned a lot from it.
Great course that gave me a solid foundation to work with and build upon.
A pleasure and honour to have been part of this life coaching course. I'd lost focus on what I wanted in life and that is ultimate freedom to live completely on my own terms. Life is a blessing everyday no matter what we encounter. We all matter at the end of the day. Again to NZIBS, Thank you. Phil, thank you. I have every intention of making you proud of me.
It was a great eye opener and I have gained a wealth of amazing knowledge. Thank you
I learned the essence of life coaching (the method, the practice, the core principles) through a very well-prepared program. The process was exactly what I was looking for. I feel I had a great tutor, understanding, committed, very perceptive to say the key things that could help you in your learning process. I am very pleased and satisfied with Phil Linklater, my Tutor. I am very grateful for this opportunity of learning about life coaching in this very professional Institute with wonderful and helpful people.
Have learnt so much about myself and how to confidently coach others. There are many coaches out there who don't have formal qualifications, but I feel every coach should do a course so that they can confidently help clients rather than offer advice and potentially harm them.
My number one goal I set myself at the start of this year was to become a life coach and to start my own business. Here I am 11 months later and I have just handed in my final assignment. It has been a year of 'walking my talk' and I have loved the opportunity to study for the last six months. The Life Coaching course has been invaluable in confirming that becoming a Life Coach is exactly what I want to do. Each assignment has been full of information and easy to follow, improving my computer skills along the way. Thank you to my tutor Phil who has provided me with valuable feedback along the way. I already have clients that I am working with and I am looking forward to fully launching my business.
This was a really good course of study. I learnt a lot about myself and how my own experiences can help me to help others.
My experience with NZIBS and my tutor, Phil, has been great. I've felt supported an encouraged, feedback given has been helpful and honest, which I value greatly. I've learned a lot, all which is practical for aiding me in achieving my dreams.
The whole experience really exceeded my expectations, truly eye opening. I learnt and discovered so much about myself. I was so inspired. Thoroughly enjoyed each aspect of the course, it was easy to follow and challenged me in many ways. I got all I wanted/needed from the course plus more! It really helped me build my confidence up in my ability to make a change in this world and empower others to find and share their best self with others.
Great course with rich content and reference materials to support learning.
NZIBS, I will always be grateful for showing me there is a different way of helping others achieve their goals. Thank you. My tutor Phil and principal Liza were not only understanding and helpful they were there when I needed them the most. If there was a problem, I told them. They never once put me in a position of choosing between my sick husband and finishing this diploma. Eternally grateful. Recommend them definitely. I encourage others to do this course. These are good people, don't miss out on something special. Thank you Liza and thank you Phil. Well done. I will be back.
I got clarity in a lot of areas of my life. There were some skills that I already have and then there are some skills that I needed to work on to bring out the best coach in me. The course gave a cutting edge in today’s market and confidence that I needed to create a Life Coaching Business.
I have found this experience to be very constructive. After feeling negative and resistant to undertaking further study after burning out during my university studies, I have now regained my enthusiasm for learning and pursuing my initial goals.
The life coaching course offered by NZIBS is definitely one of the most comprehensive in the market if it comes to the literature list.
It is quite unique, too, because it is one of the most complete available as it combines theory, practice AND marketing advice which is obviously a key factor to become a successful life coach. As the course comprises such a broad spectrum it is entirely up to the student how much to take out of and elaborate on it.
This is a really good course!
Last year I felt it was time for some more formal study to enhance my credibility as a Life Coach and the Diploma in Life Coaching through NZIBS suited my needs perfectly. The design of the course enabled me to live in Vanuatu and complete my diploma remotely which was fantastic. With Internet technology, we can communicate across the world and I realize that my coaching business does not have to be limited to face-to-face clients here on the island but I can coach people in NZ and other countries as the opportunities arise.
Thank you NZIBS for helping me get where I wanted to be, which is to become a Life Coach to be able to help others who require support in their lives.
Been through this institution and really enjoyed the course and have also graduated with merit.
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.
I fully recommend this course for someone to fine-tune their talent and open their imagination. My year seemed to come to an end with sudden haste, I emailed a request for an extension of time and am pleased to have received an extra six months to complete the course. There was great understanding from the Institute that didn't require lengthy explanation. My tutor has been a positive and helpful source of information. The feedback has always been constructive. She sees my potential and directs me towards the better writer within. I am grateful and thankful.
I’ve achieved personal satisfaction. And as an unexpected sideline, it has proved a great help with other forms of non-fiction writing. Tina was very positive and gave excellent practical advice.
This course was recommended to me by Fleur Beale, who assessed some of my stories. She said it was a splendid course for any aspiring children's author. She was right. I have benefited on many levels from the course assignments and from Janice Marriott's insightful feedback. I have already recommended the course to other writers, both to beginners like myself and to one established author who is thinking about changing genres.
I really enjoyed this course. I felt that it helped me to take my writing to the next level, and to make my dream more of a reality. I enjoyed learning about character development and also learning the correct way to structure sentences & dialogue.
I got to enjoy getting into creative writing again, getting feedback from my work, not having a score to say how well I did but that I had passed what I needed to, having an experienced author give genuine feedback on my work, in-depth tutorials that explained things mostly well and mostly able to make sense. This course has helped me think of a side career that I could be a writer, even though at first it is very overwhelming but is still possible with a positive mindset.
My tutor was amazing; she gave me a good review for all of my assessments so far, she felt like she was a writer friend that I could get advice from whenever, she was great at responding to questions and marking my work within a week or a couple of days after a week and I feel that she made my experience worth trying harder.
After floundering for months in a pool of notes and scribblings, I was able to write twelve chapters of my novel, plus scenes for other chapters in six months thanks to the support and guidance of my tutor Tina.
I had been out of country for 7+ years. I came out of the Middle East where you had to plan each and every day in order to not go 'bananas'! I returned to NZ, thinking that everything would be as it was, and that normal life would come to me, and I would not have to go in search of it! I was wrong. This course helped me tremendously with 'getting back into life'! It has helped me 'turn the grey matter' back on. It has helped 'download' lots of my stories and experiences as I have so many, many! I have only started! In some ways, the poetry writing has been therapeutic. However, now I see it as much more than this. I feel empowered to write. There is a desire, mostly because I am curious as to what the next poem might be. So my mantra is - What's next, Martha? What did I like about the course? Janice! She just let me go off and wing it, experimenting with all sorts of whatever was in my head. She would call it as she saw it or felt it, and I so appreciate her objectiveness, yet her feedback always let me know that she understood the topic, the 'logistics', the background story, the emotion (or whatever, I was trying to do...). She is a very 'astute all-rounder'!
The course has helped in providing me with a new pair of eyes under which I review my writing, previously whatever I committed to paper remained as such with no alterations. Now I think a little bit more about the intent, the audience, the words. My tutor was awesome, cannot recommend her any higher. She came back promptly after each assignment and her comments were very insightful. She guided with a light but very knowledgeable hand. A total pleasure to work with Tina.
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.
When I started the Creative Writing course I had the idea for a book – a crime/thriller – but felt I definitely needed some guidance with regard to writing and everything that goes with it. My tutor Tina Shaw was amazing, her critique of my writing was always helpful and I came away from each tutorial with a little more knowledge of the craft. Tina assessed part of my novel, and in doing so gently pushed me in the right direction, or put me back on track if I’d wandered off!
This course has been an excellent introduction to creative writing for me, on the back of my continuing career as a freelance journalist. I came into this course assuming nothing, eager to learn everything and to be challenged with an entirely new form of writing.
What is not to praise about this course? 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. Hats off to my tutor Tina Shaw for her encouragement and excellent constructive criticism that has taught me so much. 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. I remember feeling a little sad when I saw the word ‘End’ written on the final page of the last tutorial. I like to think of it as ‘Just the Beginning’. Thank you for all of it.
I love writing, and this has rekindled a college passion. It was hugely beneficial to have a tutor that was an All Black, sharing his knowledge of the sport from a professional level with his years of sporting achievements and sports commentator for radio and television.
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.
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.
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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