University and college students and even some high school classmen and top students often omit such an important tool in their essays as a title. More
often than not, they also underuse this helpful means of persuasion and attraction of the attention of the needed audience. A non-specific or obscure title
is just a missed possibility to introduce your idea or to promote your writing.
To make things straight and clear, you should be aware of the following key points about titles that will help you out in any situation or with any
assignment you are stuck with:
Why Are Titles So Comparatively Challenging?
Titles are first and foremost important for your readers and the audience. Along with the body of the essay, a relevant title may be one of the most
captivating and alluring elements of the whole essay. If you are looking for the methods to hold the attention of your audience, your essay title is one of
the initial and basic things you should think about. Writing an essay , you should
be aware of the main functions that should be carried out by your academic title:
Contributing to the argument in the essay and convincing the reader;
Capturing the reader’s attention and interest with the help of the brief idea what the essay will be about;
Marking that the question indicated in the assignment was answered;
Privileging the text of your essay in comparison with the other academic essays that were written by your fellow-students;
Controlling your writing process – when you create your title at the beginning of your writing process, you can be sure that the title will guide
you throughout the text;
Checking the main thoughts and paragraphs, when you create your essay title at the end of your composition.
Reflecting the style of a piece of writing;
Predicting the content of the issue in question.
A title for your essay is of such a high priority, because it covers two sides of essay writing. It gives the insight about the essay itself (that is a
reason for readers to pay attention to it) and it helps you coordinate your academic writing.
What Does a Sensational Title Look Like?
The titles of academic papers (essay in particular) are seldom short. It means that your title should consist of at least 5 meaningful words. You should
not be surprised, when you see a 2 or even 3 lines long title.
Moreover, essay titles are frequently compiled of two parts: the main part and the subtitle. These parts should be separated by a colon, because it gives
an effect of a slight division of the ideas and at the same time presupposes that the subtitle should announce more particular information described in the
The combinations of a title and a subtitle are usually as follows:
A quotation, catchy phrase or a hook as a main title + a detailed informative phrase that includes organization or methods of your research or
writing in general.
Student’s Life: Pros and Cons of Partying All the Night Long
Only the Educated are Free: Education as My Favorite Subject or How I Came to Love Education
The first example contains the hook as a main title Student’s Life, and the description what exactly will be discussed about student’s life – Pros and Cons of Partying All the Night Long.
The second example consists of a quotation of the outstanding philosopher Epictetus Only the Educated are Free and the subtitle leading to the
fact that Education is your favorite subject.
A catchy phrase used in both the main title and a subtitle
Pros and Cons of Not Partying All the Night Long: Student’s Life of a Computer Nerd
Reading Kills Your Imagination: 5 Facts about the Books that Devastated Your Student’s Life
How do I Write a Sensational Title for my Essay?
Focus on the type of an essay you have as your homework assignment
Different types of essays (such as narrative, argumentative, cause and effect, persuasive, expository etc.) require definite types of titles.
In such a way, an argumentative essay should start with a title that will give your readers the idea what point of view you are going to defend – for or
against the case in question. For example, you may use such a title for your argumentative essay:
Smoking Has a Positive Influence on our Health: Smokers with Whiskers
As for the narrative essay, it should not give any details what your essay will be about. It includes only the most habitual idea of your narration.
Narration about your best experience in college may be titled like this:
My First Girlfriend in College: How I Fell in Love
A cause and effect essay should be given a very specific title, as it should immediately clarify the background cause and effect you will state in your
essay. The word “because” used in the title makes a greater impact on your reader and listener. Therefore, you may use such a title as:
Because the World Goes to the East: Everyone Should Study Chinese
If you are thinking about your persuasive essay as your homework task for the next class, you should choose a very demonstrative and forcible title like
Drink More Coffee before your Lectures: Professors Strike against Sleeping during Classes
Promote ideas to develop your essay structure
Having written the title does not mean it is ready and will be used at the end of your essay writing. It is only a draft that should guide you further.
First thing to do is to generate more ideas what your essay will be about and who will be your audience.
It is a common mistake to squeeze your essay into the Procrustean bead of your title. You should write your academic assignment first, and only then
consider whether the title fits to it well or whether you should change it for good.
Re-consider your essay assignment instructions
Your professor may give you some individual or even unusual recommendations. Then the title you have made up may be very far from that implied by your
teacher. Use such verbs as summarize, analyze, compare/contrast, assess, define, discuss, illustrate, evaluate, outline, describe and make the nouns out of
them to use it in your title – An Outline of …, An Illustration of… etc.
A title in the form of a question is a very good way to spark the reader’s curiosity, if your essay assignment implies a question to be answered.
Put down the main keywords of your essay. Are they encountered in your title as well? If no, include them into the title. Join all the keywords into one
sentence and apply them in the essay title.
Re-write you title if needed
From time to time, a title you created at the beginning may fit perfectly into the whole image of your essay. However, at most, a title should be edited
and proofread several times. Sometimes, it may seem wordy or very long and primitive. Try to re-read it a few hours later. It will help you hold back a bit
and look at it from the different angle. FreelanceHouse writers will be happy to choose title for
Do not get disappointed at once – your title will be startling and amazing for sure. Hurry up and challenge your imagination now!
Music has been existence since virtually the beginning of time, both in the animal and the human world. Music is enjoyed by both individuals and groups, and it can be experienced both as a participant and as a listener. Music can be used as a basis for communication (as in the "clicking" languages) and as a form of expression. Sometimes music is simply for pleasure and fun. Virtually everyone in the world knows music, in some form, almost from birth. Any of these descriptions could be incorporated, wholly or in part, into a title.
Your essay, however, is more specific. It is focused on music and its ability to affect or change mood. This also has a long history: from the biblical David who soothed King Saul by playing the lyre when Saul was afflicted with a troubled spirit (I Samuel 16:23) to the snake-charmers of India who calm rattlesnakes bent on attack. I am certain you have even better and more contrasting examples in your essay, so (using my two examples) perhaps something like "From King to Snake: The Power of Music to Effect a Change of Mood."
Another idea is to take a bit of a particularly apt quotation you will be using in your paper to serve as a kind of "teaser" for what is ahead. This would only work with a short phrase or couple of words, but it would be an effective way to tie your title to your paper.
You might also take a quote about music, of which there are many, and make a reference to them. For example, arguably the most famous quote about music is this one:
Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast,
To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.
It was written in 1697 by William Congreve in his poem The Mourning Bride. Some ideas from this quote include referencing the lesser-quoted second line to introduce the subject:
- Music: The Power to Soften Rocks or Bend Trees
- Softening Rocks and Bending Knotted Oaks: The Power of Music to Move
- Even the Rocks and the Trees Hear and are Moved by Music
Another idea is a play on words. In that case, the first line of the poem might be more effective. In fact, most people think the saying includes the word "beast" instead or "breast," this might make for an interesting play on words:
- "Beast" or "Breast," Music Has the Power
This idea would work with any relatively recognizable quote which you are using in your essay.
Another idea is to write something alliterative, as you already have the two "M" words: music and mood. It is not a far stretch to think about other key "M" words you could use: make, move, motivate, and even "eMotion."
You also have all kinds of potentially interesting ideas when you think about musical terms (such as melody) and emotion terms (such as passion).
Finally, you always have your own words, as written in the essay, which can serve as an interesting title if it serves to intrigue your readers.
Of course, every title has to serve two purposes, and they are the first considerations for anything you choose. First, a title should provide an accurate representation of what is contained in your essay. Second, the title should capture the attention of your readers. Other considerations include tone, formality, and requirements.
The tone of the title should generally match the tone of the essay, though of course it can be a bit more light-hearted than a researched writing. Your professor may prefer at least something didactic (informative) in the title, so be sure to do that, even if you choose something more "catchy." Also consider any requirements for the assignment.