Misleading Essay Titles

You need to come up with your own title now most academic authors will have what’s called a subtitle and this is basically just a second title that makes it clear what the essay is about so here’s some examples of subtitles um amusing ourselves to death public discourse in the age of showbusiness now the part in bold there is the subtitle public discourse in the age of showbusiness now if if the title was just amusing ourselves to death you wouldn’t know what that book was about but if you add the subtitle makes it clear same thing with bird by bird now if I didn’t said look I’ve got a book called bird by bird would you like to read it. Find out about common problems with essay titles at Edusson.

You’d probably think it was a book about bird watching so we need that subtitle some instructions on writing and life don’t know what the heck the book is actually about and then I one of my favorites Guns Germs and Steel the fates of human societies so it’s really good book really good title it sold millions of copies ok so now that you know what subtitles are you might start by coming up with the subtitle they’re usually easier to come up with than the title so what I say just think about a boring phrase that accurately sums up what your essay is about ok the importance of mathematics and quantitative reasoning or practical guide for improving communication and getting what you want in your relationships these aren’t very exciting but they make it clear what the document is about now once you got the subtitle then it would be a little bit easier to come up with a good title so that our first example we could call that adding it up the importance of mathematics and quantitative reasoning or the other one could be men are from Mars Women are from Venus practical guide for improving communication and so on.

So if I just told you the book was men are from Mars Women are from Venus you probably think I was talking about a science fiction book so she puts in that subtitle it makes perfect sense it’s a bet another bestseller now some other tactics are to come up with a keyword or a catch phrase from your document so Malcolm Gladwell’s a very well respected author his book is called the tipping point how little things can make a big difference so he talks a lot in that book about this concept of the tipping point so it makes sense to use that as a title if I want to write something about plagiarism I could call it cutting out the cut and paste so cut and paste is something that comes up a lot when you talk about students plagiarizing so you could use that as part of the title so just to go through the sequence with you we start off with a horrible title like essay number one.

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