Compliment from Sarah Crowley

Academic Writing Seminar 125

“Thank you so very much for inspiring me to begin writing. Having you break down the work I now see and believe that it is possible. “Read into a structure….” Honestly? I will never forget that and the many other tips you shared.”

Sarah Crowley
Metanoia College

Compliment from Nicola Haskins

I would like to put in writing how helpful and incredible Tanya Pretorius has been during the preparation and completion of my PhD proposal. She has taken hours to help me familiarise myself with the online database and referencing programme Mendeley. She held lengthy zoom sessions where she worked with me on my proposal to ensure I had the skill to work the programme and could implement it into the proposal. What I have learned from her is the knowledge that will help me in the future of writing and publishing of articles.

She was incredibly helpful and edited the proposal with tips and suggestions as well as checking my whole database on Mendeley. I felt quite anxious about the bibliography and making sure it was correct and she worked systematically and thoroughly with me and taught me the skills I required.

Her effort, passion and care during the completion of my proposal have been greatly appreciated and I just wanted to put it onto writing as a form of acknowledgement of her incredible work and help during this time. 

I am truly grateful for TUT and the fact that there is such a person dedicated to helping with editing and reference systems.

The skills I have acquired will stand me in excellent steed for the future.

Thank you very much 
Nicola Haskins 
Tshwane University of Technology

Compliment from Mariska Denyscchen

“Tanya’s guidance towards drafting one’s thesis is extremely useful. Her tips are helpful and comprehensive, all the way from brainstorming and structuring one’s initial ideas, right up to looking at one’s thesis as a whole and fine-tuning its readability. I wish everyone has a Tanya when starting a post-graduate research study.”

Mariska Denysschen
Master’s student

Compliment from Sakhiseni Yende

It gives me virtuous pleasure to write this email and exhibit appreciation for the time you took to edit my academic work.

Thank you for your eagle-eye, and for a potential you saw in me that I never envisaged in my life. You have nurtured it.

As I leave the university, I thought it is important for me to bid farewell to you because you have imparted to me important academic knowledge and writing skills. I believe that the knowledge you gave me will be useful as I continue to shape my career both now and in the future.

Thank you once again for working vigorously on my and my students’ work.

Sakhiseni Joseph Yende 
Master’s Degree in Musical Theatre

A compliment from Anne Scheffer about my engagement with the students

I would like to motivate for the renewal of Tanya Pretorius’s contract for 2020 (just in case!).

Apart from the fact that she is an excellent editor with excellent rapport with the students (they constantly rave to me about her), her workshop on writing skills is unique and teaches students indispensable skills in an accessible manner.

It has taken us a while to get used to her presence and it now occurs to me that she should have been invited to present her workshop to my undergraduate students as well…

In any case, thank you sincerely for your consideration!


Dr Anne Scheffer
Department of Fine and Applied Arts
Tshwane University of Technology

Compliment received for editing from Stephen Faber that is so generous!

Thank you for the sterling job you have done editing, proofreading and formatting my PhD thesis. I was under the impression that editing is about checking spelling and grammar. How wrong I was!

I feel grateful and blessed that I found you and that the last part of my journey included you. Research, and especially a PhD, can be a stressful experience. You took the stress out and you waved your language wand and made me see things that I was not aware of. Your approach immediately gained my trust and from the start, I felt safe with you and my concerns about my writing disappeared. Thank you for the lessons on the side, the tips, the interest and total commitment to my work.

Thank you for enhancing my writing, for making it so much better,  for making me feel that my work is worth the while. I did not expect so much care and added value. The experience turned out to be an inspiration in itself and at the time I needed it most, to get me through the last stretch.

Thank you for your guidance and your unselfish sharing of your valuable knowledge. You give so much more than just proofreading and editing. Working with you on this project became a valuable educational experience and I thank you for sharing your skills and knowledge with me.

It was a great pleasure and a privilege working with you!

Stephen Faber PhD
Educate • Entertain