The semicolon and colon look similar; however, they have very different functions for punctuating sentences. A semicolon is written like this ; (a full stop above a comma) and a colon is written like this : (a full stop above a full stop). This page will explain the rules for:
Example 1 My lecturer stopped me after the tutorial; she had something else to tell me.
Example 2 Few enrolling students know exactly what career their studies will offer them; most find their area of interest during their studies.
See the following examples of sentence connectors:
also, anyhow, next, anyway, incidentally, nonetheless, indeed, otherwise, similarly, still, then, furthermore, hence, besides, however, moreover, therefore, thus, nevertheless, consequently
after all, as a matter of fact, as a result, at any rate, at the same time, even so, for example, for instance, in addition, in conclusion, in fact, in other words, in the first place, on the contrary, on the other hand, in the circumstance, of course
Exams measure student ability; however, not all students perform well in them.
The ASO room at the Dixson Library is reserved for student consultations; after all, students are entitled to ask questions about their academic skills in privacy.
At the University of New England, there are ten Schools: Arts; Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences; Humanities; Environmental and Rural Science; Science and Technology; Business, Economics and Public Policy; Law; Education; and Rural Medicine and Health.
INCORRECT: The nine elements of a formal report are: title page, abstract, table of contents, introduction, body, conclusions, recommendations, references and appendix/appendices.
CORRECT: A formal report includes nine elements: title page, abstract, table of contents, introduction, body, conclusions, recommendations, references and appendix/appendices.
Students generally use one word for describing their feelings about learning how to use written English correctly: empowering.
Learning correct English can take some time if you do not have a background in the rules of English grammar: at least six months for many students.
The increase in student numbers is understandable: the university is offering extra help for students with their essay writing skills.
Writing and marking essays are time-consuming and expensive processes that require careful consideration:
In most courses, assignments are set throughout the semester. They take considerable staff time and resources to mark and time and effort for students to prepare. It is well worth the time for lecturers to research alternative assessment methods, such as online quizzes, to lessen the marking load and provide a more balanced approach to tertiary assessment. (Smith, 2008, p. 12)
Because universities have diminishing budgets, it is important that alternative assessment strategies are investigated.
In her research on student writing, Smythe (2004, p. 37) finds: “Many students benefit from academic writing programs that involve their own assignment tasks”.
If you use the word ‘that’ do not use a colon to introduce your quotation.