Online Vocabulary

Our Online Vocabulary Practice makes learning vocabulary fun, entertaining, and memorable by creating visual and impactful associations. The class increases reading ability and speaking confidence, while also preparing students to perform well in standardized tests. We pair our visual curriculum up with a regular cadence of reinforcement and assessment.

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Why is vocabulary important?

It is the foundation to build on other skills

Language Development

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

Standardized Tests

  • SAT
  • SSAT

The Results Are In

Our students achieve an average score of 95% on vocabulary retention quizzes. 

In Each Phase



For each new word, students are taught the definition, spelling, pronunciation, and parts of speech through comprehensive online instruction.



  • We use an advanced memory algorithm software in our classes.
  • Students review the words they are struggling with more frequently.
  • Students review the words they are not struggling with less frequently.


  • Jeopardy: Modeled after the original Jeopardy TV show, students are asked questions on definition, synonym/antonym, pronunciation and context.
  • Crossword: Students fill in a crossword puzzle by spelling and defining words.


  • At the end of each book, students are required to take a test and score over 90% in order to move onto the next book.
  • If students do not score over 90%, we review their areas of weakness before testing them again.

Our Results

SSAT Scores

Our students have scored 700+ on verbal section of the SSAT

2000+ on the SSAT overall after taking our program.

Boarding School Acceptances

Phillips Andover Academy
Phillips Exeter Academy
Choate Rosemary Hall
Taft School
The Peddie School
Webb School
St. Paul’s School
Loomis Chaffee School
Blair Academy

Our Methodology


Develop a Daily Habit

  • 1-on-1 Private Lessons with our Vocabulary Experts
  • Students connect with their tutors once a day, Monday through Friday, for a 20 minute class via Skype.

Visual Learning

  • Every word is matched with a cartoon to help our students visualize the words.
  • Our brains are strong image processors. The part of the brain used to process words is small compared to the part that processes visual images.
  • Based on research, learning with visuals can decrease learning time, enhance retrieval, and increase retention.

Spaced Repetition: Learn faster and remember longer

  • Spaced repetition is the idea of reviewing words at gradually increasing intervals so they stay in our student’s long-term memory.
  • This learning interval is specified by an advanced memory learning software based on the Super 8 Memo algorithm which has been proven to work through extensive research.
  • We teach our students new words while reviewing old ones, allowing them to work simultaneously on both their short and long-term memories.

Who should take this class?

Students who are:

4th-10th grade
Looking to improve their reading, writing and speaking
Studying for the SSAT
Looking to get a head start on the SAT
Studying for the TOEFL or IELTS

What your child will learn

For each of over 1000 high frequency words, your child will learn how to:

Define the word
Recognize the word in context
Select synonyms/antonyms of the word
Pronounce the word
Spell the word

Example Vocabulary Materials


Basic Stage
Students below 4th grade
are required to pass
this stage
480 words

Regular Stage
Start point for all students 4th grade and above. Everyday vocabulary
780 words

Intermediate Stage
Harder and more formal vocabulary
830 words

Expert Stage
Advanced vocabulary for
formal situations
1010 words

1 – 2 months

SSAT Lower Level
1 – 2 months

1 – 2 months

SSAT Middle Level
3 – 4 months

TA Visual
2 – 3 months

SAT Word Power 1
2 – 3 months

SAT Word Power 2
2 – 3 months

SAT Common Words
3 – 4 months

SAT Upper Level
2 – 3 months

Hear from our students

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by C.S.

TA has been my ultimate support throughout high school and it gave me tremendous academic and emotional support. It is an environment that pushes me beyond what I thought was possible but also gives me comfort through care and guidance. It has made me more confident in my capabilities while giving me the ambition to reach higher. Thank you for creating this environment for me, other students and many more students to come. I will always credit my high school success to TA and continue to appreciate the care it puts into every individual. I’m sure I will continue to rely on TA for many things and I am excited to continue this journey of achievements together! Thank you so much! See you at graduation!

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Never have I had a teacher so supportive and respectful. I’ve been saved by your efforts multiple times and I can never thank you enough for it. From the time we spent covering AP World History material to helping me write college applications, I couldn’t have made it without you and your help. As I move onto college (thanks to all the help), I’ll truly miss you, the people at TA, and the office. Being able to learn from teachers like you has helped changed my life and I can’t stress enough how impactful your work is to a student like me. Again, thank you so much for all the help these past few years.

by J.K.

Wow! 11 point increase in MAP math when starting at 99%! That is fabulous. I am so thrilled with how you worked and taught Ella this year. We can’t thank you enough. You helped Ella to get a high enough score on her ACT to make it into the CTY advanced math program too. It’s been the easiest year for us family having you as her math tutor.

by Parents of A.M.

I can’t believe I’m graduating already! I swear it felt like just a few days ago when I was still attending your SAT class at TA during the summer. You have single handedly changed my life (and I am not exaggerating that at all). When I first got to talk to you, I remember having a conversation about where I wanted to go for university and what were my plans for the future and I remember the disappointing look that you gave me when I showed you my sophomore year grades haha! From the bottom of my heart I truly want to thank you for never giving up on me and want you to know that you have the greatest role model that I could have asked for. Once again, thank you for making me the person that I am today.

by K.K.

I can say with certainty that you have had the single most significant influence in my high school career. Ever since we had our first APWH one-on-one DBQ lesson on October 2rd 2016 and our first group APWH class on November 28th 2016, you have given me tremendous support and guidance in every way possible. I guess you could say it was a major turning point in my life (haha get it). You made me genuinely enjoy learning and I really look forward to our APWH group lessons every week. And thanks to your amazing teaching, I did really well in APWH.

It didn’t take long until I became very dependent on you and your wisdom. I’ve never been able to be so honest and comfortable around a teacher-like figure until you and I think it’s because you show such an unmatched level of care for me and I was constantly thinking “what would you tell me to do?” Your profound existence and influence in my life goes beyond classrooms in TA and you’ve actually become a part of the way I think and make decisions. 

So much of my success is owed to the academic and emotional support you gave me. I can confidently say I have learnt more from you than any other teacher or counselor combined. You have a true commitment to making your students happy and is it so beyond inspiring to see you working tireless hours to share your insane intelligence with students.

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