When I was a kid trying to get an "A" at school my dad bought us a set of Encyclopedia Britannica, which were a large set of about 20 books. With no Internet (1960's) I used to take a book to my room and read as much as I could and found the information fascinating, I also got a copy of Wilfred D Best Students'Companion which helped with my general knowledge especially later when I went to quiz nights. After becoming a teacher I felt students should get as much general knowledge as possible so with the aid of dictionaries and reference books and the Internet I started to build a collection of works as a 'student compendium'.



This is a compendium of helpful lists and information to help you through your studies, it includes facts and useful tips on using the best choice of words and includes trivia on various facets of life.


Explanation for Student Compendium

Explanation for Student Compendium
File Includes
A shortened form of a word or phrase. ANU - Australian National University
An acronym is a pronounceable word formed from the first letter (or first few letters) of each word in a phrase or title. Sometimes, the newly combined letters create a new word that becomes a part of everyday language. An example of this is the acronym radar. Also includes Mnemonics
a word naming an attribute of a noun, such as sweet, red, or technical. Adjectives are words that describe or modify other words * Priest = Sacerdotal

Types of animals, Sounds the make, Where do they live, Collective names of animals

Apes - gibber, Camel live in Australia, Sahara & Arabia, names = Bull - is called a heifer

a word opposite in meaning to another (e.g. bad - good ).

Opposites = Absent - present

SC005_Big_Words for small
Small word with big word alternative Anger - Dudgeon * bold - Audacious

A feature or quality belonging typically to a person, place, or thing and serving to identify them

A partner in crime - accomplice

Words pertaining to the church

A passage between the pews in a church - Aisle


Similar sounding words with different meanings also Homonyms

Council, an administrative or advisory body, do not confuse with counsel, advice or guidance.

Names given to certain towns or countries includes facts about climate

Aberdeen - The Granite City The Torrid Zone has the hottest climate Zinc - Mexico, U.S.A., Spain

SC013 Death Words pertaining to

Words pertaining to death

Occurring after death - posthumous


A diminutive person is short and small. A diminutive wordis a "cute" version of a word or name: for example, "duckling" is a diminutive of "duck" and Billy is a diminutive form of the name William

Cask - casket   


Famous world discoveries of countries continents, includes Australian discoverers

Matthew Flinders -discovered Bass Strait. * Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts in 1908


Explanation of a word, words in literal expressions denote what they mean according to common or dictionary usage

Aloof -To keep to oneself and not mix with others.


Gender list of male female

Actor - Actress


Countries of the world and Geographical facts

The Circumference of the earth is approxinmately 24,800 miles.


List of gods and goddesses

War - Mars


Australian and UK government with words denoting government

Australian Government


Explains grammar syntax and verbs adjectives nouns etc.

Explains various uses of nouns verbs etc.


The art of living together includes senses, elements, cardinal numbers, cardinal virtues

THE ART OF LIVING - Consideration for the feelings of others


Alphabetical list of the most important inventions

Clock (pendulum) - Christian Huygens

SC019_Kings_Queens of UK

List of kings and queens of Britain with facts and information

EGBERT 827 - 839


Practical list of  words explained in a sentence or phrase

A book in which the events of each day are recorded - Diary


Words pertaining to marriage included anniversary gifts

A hater of marriage - misogamist


Medical terms in use today

A disease confined to a particular district or place - endemic

SC044_Metaphors Metaphor is a figure of speech that makes an implicit, implied, or hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated

Sounds that things make, description of various venues or habitats, special calendar dates, Aussie slang words, Mnemonics

All Fools' Day - 1st April - Aussie slang - sounds that things make etc.


Explanation of nouns, COMMON Nouns, PROPER Nouns, COLLECTIVE  Nouns and ABSTRACT Nouns.

sit - seat (when to use Nouns)


Names of persons or things, occupations, and a description of word meanings i.e. Terrestrial = Earth

Various names explained Bird of night - Owl


Words connected to nature

A four-footed animal - quadruped


a word or statement that expresses denial, disagreement, or refusal

That which cannot be pierced or penetrated - impenetrable


Numbers of animals things i.e. A number of Cattle = herd

A number of fish taken in a net - catch, haul


a person or thing that is totally different from or the reverse of someone or something else.

Unable to read - il-literate

SC030_Patron Saints

List of Patron Saints

St. George of England, St. Andrew of Scotland


A list of places A place where bees are kept = apiary

A place where fishes are kept - aquarium


The case which is used to show possession is called the possessive case or genitive case. In case of nouns, an apostrophe is used to show it.

Is the case which denotes the owner or possessor

SC045_Phobias Noctiphobia - Fear of the night

List of various professions

The commander of a fleet - Admiral


Words to use as a Simile which is a phrase that describes one thing in terms of another.  A simile usually begins with like or as.

Archates - a good friend * Belt = to hit below the belt


Famous proverbs A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

A bad beginning makes a good ending.


Famous sayings

as a drowned rat. - as ancient as the sun—as the stars.


List of words used in Science or Art

An instrument for detecting earthquakes - seismograph


Explanation of scientific items like barometer

The science of land management - agronomics


The seven wonders of the ancient world with explanations

The Pyramids of Egypt


List of words or phrases that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another 

abandon....... desert, forsake, leave.


Words used in war

Nations carrying on warfare - belligerents

SC041_Witty Quotes

Witty funny one liners

Someone has glued my pack of cards together...I cannot deal with it!


Words shown in noun or verb

strong - strengthen


Special days, Aussies slang and any other items not covered in this list

Any other items that might be of interest


Using images to convey messages

Metaphor is a figure of speech that makes an implicit, implied, or hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated


A list of Phobias that cover a range of topics

Noctiphobia - Fear of the night

Occurring after death - posthumous

Understanding words, Incorrect Use of Words,

Thesaurus of Words
Thesaurus - abandon = abandoned, abandoning, abandonment, abandons affluent =having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value,words explained and incorrect use of words

SC048_Sayings as afraid as a grasshopper.
SC049_UrbanMyths The floor was dirt.  Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying "dirt poor." 
SC050_Zodiac_signs Sign of the Zodiac



These worksheets were given mainly in Certificate II courses where skills were required to manipulate documents (Unit 7 BSBCMN213A Produce simple word processed documents 40 Hours) Some have answer sheets
WKS120 Metaphors Worksheet WKS120 Metaphors Worksheet S
WKS203 Climate Correcting  
WKS204 Science Correcting WKS204 Science Correcting S
WKS205 Medical Correcting WKS205 Medical Correcting S
WKS208 Literary Facts WKS208 Literary Facts S
WKS209 Expressions WKS209 Expressions S
WKS212 Countries and names  
WKS213 Geographical Correcting WKS213 Geographical Correcting S
WKS218 Pertaining to Government Correcting WKS218 Pertaining to Government Correcting S
WKS219 Pertaining to People Correcting

WKS219 Pertaining to People Correcting S

WKS219 Pertaining to People Correcting S (spreadsheet)

WKS220 Pertaining to Numbers Correcting WKS220 Pertaining to Numbers Correcting S
WKS221 Pertaining to Church Correcting

WKS221 Pertaining to Church Correcting S

WKS242 Pertaining to Church Correcting S

WKS222 Pertaining to Trades Correcting WKS222 Pertaining to Trades Correcting S
WKS227 Acronyms for Education  
WKS228 Glossary of Education Terms WKS228 Glossary of Education Terms S
WKS231 Denoting Places

WKS231 Denoting Places S

WKS231 Denoting Places (spreadsheet)

WKS232 Small Words Big WKS232 Small Words Big (spreadsheet)
WKS239 Phobias WKS239 Phobias S
WKS241 Kings and Queens Q WKS241 Kings and Queens S
WKS242 Certain Characteristics WKS242 Certain Characteristics S
WKS243 Pertaining to Marriage WKS243 Pertaining to Marriage S
WKS244 Pertaining to Death WKS244 Pertaining to Death S
WKS245 Pertaining to Nature WKS245 Pertaining to Nature S
WKS246 Opposites WKS246 Opposites Negatives S
WKS247 War Words Correcting WKS247 War Words Correcting S
WKS249 Gramar & Syntax  
WKS250 Commonly Confused Words  
WKS251 Famous People  
WKS400 Similies Q WKS400 Similies Q (Spreadsheet) WKS400 Similies S
WKS401 Proverbs Q

WKS401 Proverbs S

WKS401 Proverbs S (Spreadsheet)

WKS402 Sayings Q

WKS402 Sayings S

WKS402 Sayings (Spreadsheet)

WKS403 Text & Formatting WKS403 Text & Formatting S


Best of luck Peter J Faulks








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