It’s nearing the end of the semester and that means final exams, final projects, and, of course, final papers.
Whether you finish that paper a few comfortable days before the deadline or in a caffeine-induced haze the night before, it’s important to proofread every word before you turn it in.
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And by every word, we mean not just the body of the paper, but the title and headings as well.
Because sometimes (often times), students will slap on a filler title to focus on the rest of the essay.
As an example, Elena Trueba shared this title mishap on Twitter Sunday.
Thankfully, she did catch her mistake. Others, unfortunately, were not as lucky.
This is statement about Sappho is admittedly not wrong.
This dude’s professor didn’t give him the benefit of the doubt.
I showed a professor an early draft (she asked) with a title that was something like “Title Goes Here” and (explain the thing) in parentheses in a couple paragraphs that were just topic sentences and she commented on them like I wasn’t aware they couldn’t stay that way 🙃 .
— Dan Brockett (@Freakademic) April 23, 2018
At least this lady’s professor knew it was a genuine mistake.
So one time, I submitted a rough draft called “Fucking Title.” My professor kindly pointed out that I should probably change that for the final. We laughed about it later, although I was mortified at the time. (I share this experience with all my students as a warning) https://t.co/m29uKZ6xrL
— Lauren🤷♀️Brentnell (@RhetoricNSpice) April 23, 2018
One teacher shared his experience from the other end.
I once received an essay from a student with the file title thisisshit.docx.
— Timothy Baker (@timothycbaker) April 23, 2018
If you’re a student feeling discouraged by your lack of innovative title, fear not. One user shared the most inspirational filler-title story of them all.
Whenever you can’t think of a witty title for your piece of art, just remember that the makers of ‘High School Musical’ had plugged that title in only for working purposes before, sighing, shrugging their shoulders and just going with it.
— Tim Byrne (@TByrne75) April 23, 2018