Self-Study Workbooks

Our workbooks are nothing like the standard SAT or SSAT books you will find at the bookstore. That’s because they reflect our credo: “A solid academic foundation not only improves test scores – it lays the groundwork for future educational success.” For decades, we have helped our students excel on standardized tests and win entry to top prep schools, Catholic secondary schools, colleges, and universities by emphasizing the fundamentals: vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, logic, and mathematical and scientific principles. Now we are offering our workbooks to the public for use by home school students and anyone who wants to master English and basic math. Our workbooks include plenty of examples and exercises, while allowing students to work at their own pace.

Vocabulary Workbooks

The Building English Vocabulary series guides a student through classical prefixes and roots that underlie challenging vocabulary. While Books I through III take the student through the Roman past, and Book IV the Greek, Introduction starts the journey with etymology from the Latin, the origins of that half of the English language that appeals to the intellect and sets a foundation for understanding great literature.

Images Building English Vocabulary with Etymology: An Introduction

Images Building English Vocabulary with Etymology Introduction

Throughout Images, a student avails himself of time proven exercises to connect the prefixes and roots with the meanings of words. A student will discover that from just one root spring a variety of new words that in time yield an exponential growth in his knowledge of English. From cumulative review tests throughout the book, a student can gauge his success in mastering challenging vocabulary.

Images Building English Vocabulary with Etymology from Latin: Book I

Images Building English Vocabulary with Etymology from Latin Book I

Book I of the Building English Vocabulary series guides students through Latin prefixes, the alphabetical gamut from ab — and — ad — to — tri — unus — and vice, the building blocks of words from abhor and admonish — to triumvirate, unison, and viceroy. A student will discover that from just one prefix spring a variety of new words that in time yield an exponential growth in his knowledge of English. From cumulative review tests throughout the book, a student can gauge his success in mastering challenging vocabulary.

Images Building English Vocabulary with Etymology from Latin: Book II

Images Building English Vocabulary with Etymology from Latin Book II

Book II of the Building English Vocabulary series guides students through Latin roots, the alphabetical gamut from ac — and — alti — to miss — and — mob, the building blocks of words from acerbity and altitude — to emissary and mobilize. A student will discover that from just one root spring a variety of new words that in time yield an exponential growth in his knowledge of English. From cumulative review tests throughout the book, a student can gauge his success in mastering challenging vocabulary.

Images Building English Vocabulary with Etymology from Latin: Book III

Images Building English Vocabulary with Etymology from Latin Book III

Book III of the Building English Vocabulary series guides students through Latin roots, the alphabetical gamut from mon — and — mut — to — viv — and — volv, the building blocks of words from admonish and permutation — to convivial and devolve. A student will discover that from just one root spring a variety of new words that in time yield an exponential growth in his knowledge of English. From cumulative review tests throughout the book, a student can gauge his success in mastering challenging vocabulary.

Images Building English Vocabulary with Etymology from Greek: Book IV

Images Building English Vocabulary-with-Etymology from Greek Book IV

Book IV of the Building English Vocabulary series guides students through Greek prefixes and roots, the alphabetical gamut from an — and — arch — to — syn — and — tom, the building blocks of words from anarchy and archangel — to synthetic and lobotomy. A student will discover that from just one root spring a variety of new words that in time yield an exponential growth in his knowledge of English. From cumulative review tests throughout the book, a student can gauge his success in mastering challenging vocabulary.

Math Workbooks

First Math Review

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This workbook covers all the basic mathematical concepts and rules students will be expected to know for standardized admission tests: Basic arithmetic, including fractions, decimals, percentages, and ratios; basic algebra, including integers, variables, and order of operations; and basic geometry, including perimeter and area, angles, circles, and solids. The combination of number problems and word problems makes it a valuable review tool for tests including the SSAT, HSPT, ISSE, SAT, ACT, and GRE.

Grammar and Writing Workbooks

English grammar, syntax, and composition are not easy to master, even for native speakers. Imagine, then, the challenges that confront today’s Language Arts teachers in over-crowded public school classrooms filled with a mix of native and non- native speakers. During more than three decades of tutoring middle and high school students seeking admission to elite secondary schools and colleges, we have found that even private school pupils struggle with the finer points of usage and composition.

Popular culture and the computer revolution are not helping. Children today spend far less time reading books than watching television, playing electronic games, and texting. Contemporary books, which must compete with electronic media for children’s attention, are more likely to be filled with conversational slang than with the complex sentences and rich vocabulary of earlier children’s classics. The same advances that have led to an information explosion have resulted in an implosion of grammatical knowledge.

Hence these books on English, which teach the rules of grammar, syntax, and writing in a clear and systematic way. They also serve as workbooks, with plentiful exercises to help students identify and remedy their weak points. In the short term, these books will help middle and high school students perform better on standardized admissions tests, such as the SSAT and SAT. More importantly, the books prepare a strong foundation for the communication skills that will serve students throughout their lives.

English Structure

English Structure

This first book in a series, English Structure, covers the different parts of speech and their roles in sentences. Students will learn how to diagram sentences, a task which graphically makes evident common errors such as writing sentence fragments, confusing the pronouns “I” and “me”, and using adjectives when adverbs are appropriate. Not all students will need this volume. Those who have read widely and well, or who already achieved a good grasp of grammar, may prefer to proceed directly to the next volume, Usage.


The English Sentence Up Close: Book I of Tools for Crafting Sharper, Stronger English

The English Sentence Up Close

A sentence expresses a thought that a noun initiates and a verb completes. To understand how a sentence works, it is important to identify its noun subject — person, place, thing, or idea — and its verb — its action or being. Together these two attract adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, and prepositions, parts from which spring phrases and clauses. All in concert complete a thought.

A good way to understand the workings of a sentence is by diagramming it to show them sketched out, each part in its proper spot on a line — horizontal, vertical, or slanted — the role of each clear in its relationship to the others. The diagram puts the sentence under an X-ray, letting the student see where his words fall, the better to set them right to express his complete thought, cutting a phrase here, moving a clause there. The English Sentence Up Close shows the student the layout of his words the better to get a grip on English.


 

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Reading Comprehension

The word anthology comes to us from the Classical Greek anthos meaning flowers, and logia meaning collection. In time this collection came to be a selection of poems, wise sayings, stories, essays, and chronicles from history. Readers of all ages are invited to explore short examples of the works of the great and eloquent thinkers from over the centuries. Thus the armchair traveler can learn from the ideas expressed by Socrates in ancient Greece to those of Einstein in modern America.

Perspectives in Literature

Perspectives in Literature

The word anthology comes to us from the Classical Greek anthos meaning flowers, and logia meaning collection. In time this collection came to be a selection of poems, wise sayings, stories, essays, and chronicles from history. Today as a selection of such writings, this book invites the reader of all ages to explore short examples of the works of the great and eloquent thinkers from over the centuries.

Perspectives from History

Perspectives from History

The second volume in this series includes historical, scientific, and philosophical writings from the ancient Greeks and Romans through the early 20th century. It introduces the reader to great essayists from Michel Montaigne to Virginia Woolf; historians and political thinkers from Herodotus to William Jennings Bryan; and scientists from Hippocrates to Albert Einstein. Both books help students improve their reading comprehension for tests including the SSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, and LSAT.

Perusals

Perusals

The word anthology comes to us from the Classical Greek anthos meaning flowers, and logia meaning collection. In time this collection came to be a selection of poems, wise sayings, stories, essays, and chronicles from history. Today as a selection of such writings, Perusals, edited by John Willard, invites the reader of all ages to explore short examples of the works of the great and eloquent thinkers from over the centuries. Thus the armchair traveler can learn from the ideas expressed by Socrates in ancient Greece to those of Einstein in modern America. At his fingertips, the reader of Perusals discovers if his interpretations yield a proper understanding of the diverse and demanding material, especially if he avails himself of the penetrating questions that appear in exercises that follow each selection. By the same means, the pragmatic student facing a standardized test can test his wits and learn to score and rank his ability to handle demanding passages.