Most college students, required to submit term papers, are willing to pay for editorial services, just to get high marks with their courses. Editorial services for such type of academic writing are lucrative, since academic writing needs great editing. If you would like to start freelance editorial services for term papers or thinking of adding this type of service to your existing editorial services, you should read on.
Editing term papers is varied according to its nature. If you would like to accept editorial services for science term papers, then you should have enough knowledge on scientific and technical terms. Otherwise, you will find it hard to edit the paper for sense and accuracy. Your job as the editor is to figure out what the student is trying to show and ensure that the data presented in the paper is clearly stated, without unnecessary arguments, misspellings, and grammatical errors. At times, term papers should be completely revised, so be honest with your client and offer your help by giving some tips on developing a good term paper.
In any editorial service focused on academic writing, you should use a spell checker. Most of your clients would use a word processor with complete installed grammar and spell checkers, but some of them would not bother especially if they have decided to hire an editor, to do it for them. Obvious spelling errors are basically the easiest to correct when you edit term papers, so edit them first.
Review the term paper as if you are a professor, making notes of anything that would convince you to give your student a failing mark. That could be a grammatical error, poor argument, awkward writing, vogue claims and empty sentences. Determine what is doubtful about these parts and edit them, and make a few notes for your clients.
You should also take a look on run-on sentences. While these kinds of sentences are grammatically correct, they may sound awkward to the professor. If a line goes on for a large part of the paragraph, it will be boring. Academic writing, though serious in tone, should be interesting. Look for one or more parts of the paper where the sentence could be divided to form shorter ones.
Check any errors that you are not sure of in the preferred style guide. There are various guides you can choose depending on the type of term paper, however, the AP and the MLA style is very common in academic writing. Your client’s professor will assign a particular style, so follow this preference. Style guides will explain the correct format and usage of all kinds of punctuation and grammatical methods.
You should edit the term paper, analyzing his arguments meticulously. After each argument pointed out, you should ask yourself what the main point is, whether it was expressed effectively, and whether it was based on hard facts and examples. Also, review the paper to ensure that each part connects rationally to the next and that the whole point of the term paper is well-organized and derived from data.
Also check for plagiarism. If you think the term paper has lifted quotes or parts that you think might be copied from a reference or a source, tell your client. All quotes and information should have citations.