Concluding Comments

Writing a good title is not easy. Table 2.1.2 shows, for example, the original titles proposed by nine final-year psychology students for their projects, followed by what I believe to be more informative ones. Most of the changes expand and clarify the originals. Readers may judge for themselves whether or not they think the revised versions will better attract and inform the readers.

Table 2.1.2 Titles used by students for their projects (in the left-hand column) and revised versions (on the right)

Approach to study (Chinese student)

Gender and nationality differences in approaches to study: Findings from English and Chinese Business Studies students

Perceptions of psychology university students

An investigation into mature students, revision styles, and examination performance

Possible gender and year of study differences in the orientation of students' learning strategies

Parenting styles and academic achievement

University students' estimations of occupational intelligence versus gender

The effect of term-time employment on final year university students

Student preferences of class size in higher education

Students experiences of studying Psychology at degree level: Is there a difference between those that have previously studied the subject at A-level and those who have not?

Do psychology students' perceptions of Psychology change over time?

Revision styles and examination performance in mature and traditional-entry students

Students' learning strategies: the effects of gender and year of study

Do differences in early parenting styles affect the academic achievement of men and women undergraduates?

How intelligent do you need to be to be a surgeon? Male and female students' estimates of the intelligence required to carry out male, female and gender-neutral occupations

The effects of term-time employment upon the academic performance of final-year university students

Class size matters! The preferences of undergraduates

How far does studying Psychology at A-level impact upon the experiences and performance of Psychology students at university?

Reproduced with permission from Journal of Technical Writing & Communication, 37, I (2007), p. 99. © Baywood Publishing Company.

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