Workbook Summer Specials

“Raising the bar”: students who use our workbooks gain the skills needed to excel in English and write A+ essays. All workbooks match the Australian Curriculum.

For early-bird Year 11-12 students

New VCE Study Design: Analysing and presenting arguments ($22.95)


  • Learn how to analyse an author’s argument, and their key reasoning and persuasive strategies.
  • Please click here to see the difference between our A+ essay-method and a C+ essay (typical textbook-style)
  • Compare a student’s paragraph before and after using this A+ Workbook.
  • By purchasing the workbook (for just $22.95) students will be able to work through our “Suggested Responses” , and Assessor’s Tips. FREE postage


Analysing & Presenting Arguments: a head start (Yrs 8-10)  

A+ (point-of-view) Essays = controlled structure, clear and convincing ideas +  clever use of reasoning and persuasive techniques.

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Better Essays and Persuasive Techniques: (Years 7-10) shows students how to analyse an argument and write their own — perfect foundation for scholarship tests, NAPLAN and the new VCE Study Design. (Please see a sample outline.) Students will also analyse a variety of persuasive texts types and study  the  10 most common grammatical errors in order to write flawless sentences. Please see Better Essays and Persuasive Techniques : Special Summer Deal:  $22.95, FREE postage.

For Year 7 – 9 students ($14.95)

techniquessmallThe Techniques of Persuasion helps students acquire an analytical vocabulary so that they can evaluate an author’s persuasive and reasoning skills. They will confidently use a wide range of tone words, (please see this list), and by following the exercises, and my “suggested responses” (please see this link),  will learn how to write analytical sentences, with an in-built purpose. See a sample exercise/response.

Please enjoy our Christmas/Near Year Special: $14.95 (incl. postage) (Reduced from RRP: $21.95)

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Years 9 – 10: Analysing arguments ($22.95) Free Postage

A systematic introduction to the author’s argument, their evidence, their biases, their reasons and reasoning techniques and their appeals and persuasive techniques. Most importantly work through the “suggested responses” to learn new words and phrases that help you analyse the author’s purpose more insightfully. Please see The Language of Persuasion: become an expert

Please See our Special  Two Workbooks in One Deal

Clear Writing: Language and Grammar (Years 7-10) ($18.95)

grammarA knowledge of parts of speech and sentence elements helps students write grammatically correct sentences and punctuate with confidence. (That means, the essays will definitely stand out!)  A perfect reference book, Clear Writing: Language and Grammar helps students grasp effortlessly the specifications pertaining to grammar in the Australian Curriculum as it progresses from the simple to the more complex rules. (Years 7-10).

Special Summer Deal: $18.95 (incl. postage)

Extra Special Summer Deal

Choose any Two Workbooks  and pay just $35 (inc. postage). (Please email us your special choice.) Please see our recommended choice below.

Our workbooks (from Year 7 to Year 12) match the Australian Curriculum and focus on the skills you need to excel in English: good essays, consisting of good ideas, good writing skills and a sound and precise vocabulary.

Essays, articles, tips, online lessons, slideshows and  video lessons

essay writign 2We are expanding our range of multi-media products to enable you – teachers, parents and students – to help you get the best out of our workbooks.  Our online lessons, slideshows and video clips will cover specific essay-writing skills and offer word-building activities based on the analysis of persuasive tests.

To help you write essays on your texts, we include a wealth of text-response material. You must have a thorough and insightful grasp of your text in order to write sophisticated essays. In the various articles, I include the most relevant examples, anecdotes and quotes that I often use from the text.  I hope these help.

I also include essay-writing tips across a range of disciplines – expository, persuasive and creative.

Click here to see Better Essays and Persuasive Techniques, which will help you improve your structure, your depth and sequencing of ideas throughout your essay. (See pp 10-19 and p.39). We also include a chapter on different text types. See pp. 91-96 for guidance on an expository style feature essay. Also see Chapter 5: Better Sentences for some grammar tips.


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