More Practice: Compound Sentences with Semicolons and Conjunctive Adverbs
Choosing Conjunctive Adverbs
First, review the following excerpt about strategies for test-taking and avoiding test anxiety from Wikipedia.
- Be prepared — study in advance. Researchers advise studying a week or two in advance. Also, practicing test questions in a similar environment has shown to be beneficial.
- Be organized — organize that material that will be tested on. Make lists of the things to study or accomplish and set certain dates for these to be done. Estimate how long it will take, acquire what will help while studying, rank them in order of importance, and complete them.
- Develop good test taking skills — read the questions thoroughly, answers the simple ones first and then go back to complete the more difficult ones.
- Stay focused — concentrate on the test, not the other students. Do not talk to other students about the material on the test beforehand.
- Relax — practice relaxation techniques, this can invigorate the body and help you focus on the exam. Remove any outside pressure.
- Stay Healthy — get enough sleep the night before, eat healthy, and exercise. It is recommended to get more than 6 hours of sleep. Without enough sleep one can experience a sleep deficiency.
- Avoid foods high in sugar- Candy and other sweets may aggravate your condition
- Visit a counseling center
- Visualize — visualize yourself taking the test and doing well on it. By doing this not only are you helping yourself experience it but it has also been shown to help you remember facts. You can create detailed scenarios that involve the information that you are trying to remember.
- Re-frame thinking — psychologist and educators believe the anxiety arrives from students asking themselves questions like "what if I fail?" or "what if I'm not good enough?". By changing students thoughts to "I can do it" and "I am good enough" is one way to remove negative thinking and reduce anxiety.
During a Test
- If possible, sit in a location in which distractions will be minimal
- Perform a memory download by writing down essential points, names, definitions, formulas, dates, and memory clues
- Before beginning, read through the entire test and begin with the questions you feel are the least difficult
- Budget your time, according to the time allotted, the mark value of the questions and their level of difficulty
- If you draw a blank, skip the question and come back to it later
- Remember there is no reward for finishing first; take your time!
- Expect some anxiety. Anxiety is a reminder that you want to do well on the test. It can also provide energy; just keep it at a manageable level.
from "Test Anxiety." Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 22 July 2004. Web. 4 Dec. 2012.
Next, choose the appropriate conjunctive adverb for each of the following sentences.
Punctuation with Semicolons and Conjunctive Adverbs
First, read the following excerpt about time management from Wikipedia.
Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity. Time management may be aided by a range of skills, tools, and techniques used to manage time when accomplishing specific tasks, projects and goals complying with a due date. This set encompasses a wide scope of activities, and these include planning, allocating, setting goals, delegation, analysis of time spent, monitoring, organizing, scheduling, and prioritizing. Initially, time management referred to just business or work activities, but eventually the term broadened to include personal activities as well. A time management system is a designed combination of processes, tools, techniques, and methods. Usually time management is a necessity in any project development as it determines the project completion time and scope.
A technique that has been used in business management for a long time is the categorization of large data into groups. These groups are often marked A, B, and C—hence the name. Activities are ranked upon these general criteria:
A - Tasks that are perceived as being urgent and important,
B - Tasks that are important but not urgent,
C - Tasks that are neither urgent nor important.
Each group is then rank-ordered in priority. To further refine priority, some individuals choose to then force-rank all "B" items as either "A" or "C".
from "Time Management." Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 22 July 2004. Web. 4 Dec. 2012.
Next, determine if the following sentences are punctuated correctly.
Hint: The examples may or may not be compound sentences.