I’m a high school student who likes to edit her professor father’s papers (and those of his colleagues) in her free time. How can I help more professors? What else should I learn to become a better editor?
I’m a child of Asian immigrants and a native English speaker. My father is an accounting professor. Because his English is good but not up to par with that of his American colleagues, he often asks me to edit his papers. Since he has many Asian professor friends who also publish but aren’t native English speakers, I’ve been helping some of them with their papers as well.
Editing is fun, I like absorbing academic information, and I like helping people. I want to help more professors with their papers, free of charge. I’m sure there are many who could use my help - but how can I reach them? How can I prove my credibility? Will they be leery of having an eleventh-grader looking over their research?
To be more useful and rigorous, I plan on learning APA and Chicago format as well as LaTeX. I also plan to read “The Science of Scientific Writing
” and the Chicago Manual of Style. What else should I know?
(Lastly - not to toot my own horn, but to show that I have some experience - I’ve gotten an 800 on SAT Reading and Writing, and I’m an editor of my school newspaper.)
Any resources, contacts, advice, or sites would be useful. Thank you!