A cover page is usually not required for all personal essays, but academic essays usually need a cover page.
Though APA and MLA format cover pages differ significantly, a typical essay cover page will contain author’s name, as well as due date of the essay.
In this way it will take over some of the impact from your opening paragraph, so be sure to make it impressive.
As it was already mentioned, you will probably have to make several samplings with placement, positioning and font before you get your final version.
Many students (even good ones) pay little or no attention to cover page format.
As a result they have their grades lowered just because of inconsistency with the cover page requirements.
This page is double spaced and the letters are centered horizontally. The name of the university or college is placed just below the top margin. The essay title should be placed one-third of the page down from the top and written in a different font size. Note, if you do the cover page in MLA format “by” is not required. Then goes the name of the author, which is usually placed several lines upper from the bottom of the page. It is followed by the name of the course or course number. The name of the author is usually several lines down the title.
And at the bottom of the APA cover page comes the the name of the course or course number, the name of professor, and the date of submission.
In writing a cover page, you always need to follow the specifications set by your professor.
He or she may require you to use shaded paper or insert a graphic or even write a quotation on the essay cover page. The positioning listed above is for MLA which is the prevalent style used for humanities and social sciences .