Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Coming up with a compelling title, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
- Although including a title…isn't absolutely necessary for your essay,…coming up with a meaningful, compelling one…can definitely add value to your submission.…But if you don't know so already,…writing titles is hard.…Writing good titles is even harder.…A good title should hint at your thesis…without giving too much away.…It should also be specific to your essay…and match its tone.…However, it's better to have no title at all,…than a generic re-statement of the prompt.…
Your title can be clever,…but it shouldn't be too clever for its own good.…I love puns, but not everyone does.…For example, the title of Alex Bellos' book,…Here's Looking at Euclid,…wouldn't make any sense to someone…who had never heard of the movie Casablanca.…Your title can allude to pop culture,…or history if it's appropriate,…but be careful here.…If you refer to something obscure,…the reference may be lost on your reader.…Remember your audience.…You should probably test out a title…on someone between the ages of 20 and 45,…before deciding for sure.…
AuthorLeigh Ann Chow
- Understanding the essay purpose and audience
- Reviewing common and unusual essay prompts
- Starting with a strong opening statement
- Showing, not telling
- Adhering to word limits
- Organizing the essay
- Varying sentence structure
- Revising the essay
- Communicating sincerity and enthusiasm
Skill Level Beginner
1. Exploring the College Application Essay
2. Examining the Types of Essay Prompts
3. Maximizing Your Chances of Success
4. Writing the Essay
5. Distinguishing Yourself in Your Essay
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