I’m the kind of editor who will sometimes push conventional boundaries. For example, I strive to insert the first person voice and active verbs whenever feasible. But there are some rules in academia that don’t seem to be changing anytime soon.
When it comes time to write your thesis or dissertation, you’ll almost certainly be required to write a chapter outline that will almost certainly not be read (at least not carefully) by anyone. Let’s let the ever-hilarious Jorge Cham of PhD comics sum up those feelings:
I know I’ve been tempted to add filler like that to certain sections of papers and my own Master’s thesis!
So here’s another benefit of hiring an editor: at least one person will read your entire project thoroughly to appreciate your brilliance.