R. Kent Smith has recently retired from full-time teaching at University College of Bangor, part of the University of Maine System, where he taught reading, study skills, and writing courses for nearly thirty years. He held the rank of Professor of Developmental Studies, and he also chaired the Developmental Studies program for nine years. Prior to entering college teaching, Smith taught in the Aurora, Illinois, public school system for twelve years. He earned his Doctorate of Education degree in language arts from the University of Maine. He has been a participant at numerous professional conferences, and his research and publications have been covered reading, writing, vocabulary, spelling, study skills, and testing. He has served as co-editor of Forum for Reading, and he is currently a member of the editorial board for Research and Teaching in Developmental Education, a journal published by the New York College Learning Skills Association.
Contents I. Word Parts and Challenging Words Lesson 1. sta, co, col, com, con, cor, il, im, in, ir, de, er, or, ist, pre, re, ex, mono, un Lesson 2. stature, compliance, incongruous, debilitate, hedonist, precocious, replicate, extricate, monomania, unseemly Lesson 3. sub, pro, uni, inter, mis, dis, ob, op, ten, tion, logy Lesson 4. subterfuge, proclivity, universally, interim, misconstrue, dissipate, obstreperous, tentative, correlation, anthropology Lesson 5. able, ible, ism, super, trans, poly, ver, log, a, an, chron, post Lesson 6. culpable, nepotism, superfluous, transition, polychromatic, verbose, epilogue, apathy, chronic, posthumously Lesson 7. bio, tele, auto, eu, ante, rect, fid, equ, pan, sym, syn Lesson 8. biopsy, telepathy, autonomy, euphemism, antediluvian, rectify, infidelity, equivocal, panacea, syndrome Lesson 9. phil, mal, spec, omni, hyper, anti, voc, bi, path, ben Lesson 10. philanthropy, malicious, specter, omnipotent, hypertension, antithesis, vociferous, bilingual, empathy, benign Lesson 11. fin, geo, bell, hydro, hydr, ambi, amphi, less, hemo, intra, intro, man, derm, dermis Lesson 12. finale, geopolitics, belligerent, hydrology, ambivalence, dauntless, hemostat, introvert, manhandle, dermatology Lesson 13. bon, boun, multi, hypo, neo, ful, ous, non, aud, extra, ultra, temp, ward Lesson 14. bounteous, multifaceted, hypochondria, neophyte, acrimonious, nondescript, audible, extraneous, contemporary, wayward Lesson 15. ann, enn, gram, graph, phon, mor, mort, pos, cap, dia, ness, hetero, homo Lesson 16. annuity, graphology, cacophony, moribund, composure, capricious, diaphanous, blandness, heterogeneous, homogeneous Lesson 17. contra, contro, counter, psych, semi, dic, meter, metr, terr, anthrop, fore, se, therm Lesson 18. contraband, psychedelic, semicentennial, malediction, altimeter, terrain, misanthrope, foreboding, sedition, hypothermia Lesson 19. astro, peri, cred, em, en, itis, macro, magni, the, pseudo, vid, vis, gen Lesson 20. astronautics, peripatetic, credence, embroil, neuritis, magnanimous, monotheism, pseudonym, vis-agrave;-vis, generic Lesson 21. ped, pod, micro, scrib, scrip, port, arch, cent, ven, vent, cide, poten, leg Lesson 22. podiatry, microbiology, proscribe, portage, archetype, centenarian, convene, genocide, potency, legacy Lesson 23. sol, polis, urb, ish, ly, age, ance, ence, ship, tract, circum, onym, photo, dem Lesson 24. soliloquy, megalopolis, fetish, ostensibly, abeyance, retraction, circumspect, acronym, photosynthesis, demagogue Lesson 25. aberration, collateral, deleterious, gregarious, hypothetical, immutable, impeccable, impunity, gullible, trepidation Lesson 26. debacle, deprivation, garrulous, meticulous, nebulous, sagacious, specious, redundant, repudiate, viable Lesson 27. catharsis, dearth, guile, lethargy, affinity, affluence, dichotomy, enigma, banal, clandestine Lesson 28. cogent, rationalize, sordid, eclectic, usurp, inundate, parochial, perfunctory, acquiesce, ephemeral II. Academic Terms Lesson 29. Literature and Composition Lesson 30. Literature and Composition Lesson 31. Literature and Composition Lesson 32. Oral Communications Lesson 33. Oral Communications Lesson 34. Psychology Lesson 35. Psychology Lesson 36. Psychology Lesson 37. Sociology Lesson 38. Sociology Lesson 39. United States History and Political Science Lesson 40. United States History and Political Science Lesson 41. United States History and Political Science Lesson 42. Biology Lesson 43. Biology Lesson 44. Biology Lesson 45. Physical Science Lesson 46. Physical Science Lesson 47. Physical Science Lesson 48. Physical Science Lesson 49. Physical Science Lesson 50. Computer Science Lesson 51. Computer Science Lesson 52. Computer Science Lesson 53. Computer Science Lesson 54. Business and Economics Lesson 55. Business and Economics Lesson 56. Business and Economics Lesson 57. Legal Terms Lesson 58. Legal Terms Lesson 59. Legal Terms Appendices. A. Parts of Speech. B. Using the Dictionary. C. Frequently Confused Words Index for Word Parts. Index for Challenging Words. Index for Academic Terms