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Pre-course
5th grade


Start individual support and sustainable preparation for the Gymnasium entrance examination already in the 5th grade. The central topics until the end of 5th grade are repeated and important advances are already made regarding 6th grade. Through our course structure, your child's independence and organizational skills will also be specifically fostered.
Course overview
  • Pre-course 5th grade
  • Wednesday afternoon, Thursday afternoon or Saturday morning
  • 8 course days between spring and summer holidays (May to July 2023)
  • Individual and focused support: 3 to a maximum of 8 children
  • German (with essay training) & mathematics
  • Learning and training materials are included
  • Course fees: 1780 CHF
  • Course location: directly at Zurich HB or Stadelhofen station or online

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Explanation video – OUR Gymnasium preparation courses

Advantages for your child

We have noticed that some students have big gaps in the 6th grade and that these can only be closed with difficulty in our Gymnasium preparation courses in time for the exam. By coaching your child as early as 5th grade, we give your child the opportunity to identify and close any gaps at an early stage. This way, your child has a head start in terms of exam preparation and gains valuable confidence.
  • Potentially better grades in the 6th class
    In addition to the Gymnasium exam, the mid-term grades in the February school report of 6th grade account for 50% of the transfer decision. With our pre-course in 5th grade, your child can gain a valuable head start for 6th grade, which can also result in improved grades in 6th grade.
  • Close gaps & gain a head start
    At the beginning, a comprehensive assessment of the situation takes place.We analyse which topics should be taught by our teachers and which should be trained by your child. If certain topics are not sufficiently covered in school, our course in the 5th grade offers specific support. This prevents your child from having to start the exam preparation phase in the 6th grade with large gaps and deficits. With a solid foundation in German (incl. essay writing) and mathematics, your child will have an optimal starting position for the 6th grade.
  • Comprehensive learning materials & access to our online course platform
    The course includes comprehensive learning and training material. In addition, your child will have access to our online course platform, where further course materials as well as the topics covered in class (including valuable learning videos, additional exercises, etc.) can be found. In this way, parents also have full transparency about what has been covered in class.
  • Regular intermediate checks
    Through regular interim tests we can check where your child already has a good knowledge of the respective topics or where there is still a need for further practice. Through individual feedback and constant insight into the intermediate checks, your child always has an overview of his or her current learning status.
  • Support also outside of the course hours
    Our students can easily contact us outside of course hours via our chat for questions. Through our voluntary, weekly online video sessions, your child has the opportunity to receive step-by-step explanations on topics where he or she does not yet feel comfortable. Participation in the video conferences is also ideal for repetition.
  • Individual support and strengthening self-confidence
    Our teachers support your child individually. In addition to the content-related topics, we help strengthening independence and self-confidence and provide learning strategies and focus exercises. It is our main priority that your child experiences joy and enthusiasm when it comes to the different topics.

Course dates

The pre-course starts after the spring holidays and lasts until the summer holidays. It takes place on the following dates on Wednesday afternoon, Thursday evening or Saturday morning:

Course dates at Saturday
  • 13. May 2023
  • 27. May 2023
  • 03. June 2023
  • 10. June 2023
  • 17. June 2023
  • 24. June 2023
  • 01. July 2023
  • 08. July 2023

Course dates at Wednesday
  • 10. May 2023
  • 24. May 2023
  • 31. May 2023
  • 07. June 2023
  • 14. June 2023
  • 21. June 2023
  • 28. June 2023
  • 05. July 2023

Course dates at Thursday (Distance Learning)
  • 11. May 2023
  • 25. May 2023
  • 01. June 2023
  • 08. June 2023
  • 15. June 2023
  • 22. June 2023
  • 29. June 2023
  • 06. July 2023

* Changes at short notice are possible. In addition, voluntary video sessions will take place outside of course hours as needed.

    Course contents

    This pre-course in 5th grade is optimally matched to the Gymnasium Preparation Course in 6th grade. In 5th grade, your child will receive valuable additional time to solidify relevant basics in German (including essay writing) and mathematics. It is our goal that your child can develop his or her personal independence and self-confidence during the course. As a result, your child will be perfectly prepared for the exam preparation courses in 6th grade and can potentially benefit more from them thanks to a stable foundation and head start.
    Topics in mathematics:
    • Terms & symbols (including geometry)
    • Natural numbers up to 1 million
    • Basic arithmetics, written and half-written (multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction)
    • Fractions
    • Geometric figures and bodies
    • Doing calculations with quantities
    • Text problems

    * We will determine the main topics according to the individual situation of the students.
      Topics in German:
      • Essay: Different types of texts and focus on narrations
      • Essay: Finding ideas for a narration and correct planning the narration
      • Essay: Writing the introduction, main part, climax and ending
      • Essay: How do I revise the essay?
      • Understanding text: non-literary texts and literary texts
      • Grammar: verbs (including tenses), nouns (including cases), adjectives (including comparisons)
      • Spelling: rules covered up until the end of 5th grade

      * We will determine the main topics according to the individual situation of the students.
      We promote self-competence in your child:
      • Increasing self-confidence
      • Developing better self-reliance
      • Honing self-organization skills
      • Acquiring individual learning strategies
      • Avoiding slips and oversights
      • Improving endurance and focus
      • Developing a joy for writing
      Limited seats – enroll now!
      About us
      • GVZH is an independent and private competence center for Gymnasium preparation in the canton of Zurich.
      • Our experts have many years of experience in Gymnasium preparation.
      • We are a small team and focus on highest quality and individual support.
      • Our teachers are competent and committed. They are constantly expanding their knowledge and education.
      • We value fun and enthusiasm.
      • We practice open, clear and transparent communication.
      • Our lessons are highly differentiated. We support each child individually and according to his or her abilities.
      • We promote your child's independence and personal responsibility.
      Our course locations
      Our course rooms are situated in central locations, which you can easily get to via public transport. Our students can expect modern rooms, equipped with the latest media.
      Our course location directly at
      Zurich Main Station
      Lagerstrasse 2
      8090 Zurich
      Our course location directly at
      Stadelhofen Station
      Falkenstrasse 28A
      8008 Zurich
      Frequent Questions
      What is the difference between the pre-course 5th grade and the Gymnasium preparation course in the 6th grade? When is a preparation already recommended in the 5th grade?
      In the pre-course 5th grade, the basics in German (including writing essays) and mathematics are consolidated. In the six-month Gymnasium preparation course in the 6th grade, the basics are also repeated and your child is given the opportunity to close individual gaps - but at a much faster pace.

      When should my child attend the pre-course in the 5th grade?
      We recommend attending the pre-course already in 5th grade for children who have high potential, but who currently still have certain gaps in specific topics or who still have a lot of uncertainties. In the pre-course, your child will be given enough time and the necessary support to close these gaps in the long term and to develop his or her personal self-confidence and independence. Even though the basics will be repeated in the six-month Gymnasium preparation course in the 6th grade, the pace in this course in 6th grade will be high.
      If your child attends the pre-course in the 5th grade, he or she can build up the foundations there and then repeat specific topics in the 1st phase of the Gymnasium preparation course in the 6th grade, where they will be able to go into more detail about individual gaps.
      Especially for students who react to stressful situations such as time pressure, pressure to perform or social pressure through many careless mistakes or so-called "blackouts", the pre-course 5th grade has a very relieving effect and often awakens previously suppressed valuable resources.
      On the other hand, we also recommend the pre-course 5th grade to pupils who are currently underchallenged in public schools. Exactly then there is the danger that your child is no longer motivated and therefore writes worse and worse grades. In our pre-course we support your child individually, so that we can counteract this underchallenge and your child can gain a valuable advantage for the exam preparation in the 6th grade.
      How the online course (Distance Learning) works
      You can find more information here.
      What combinations of preparation courses do you recommended?
      In principle, our courses are carefully coordinated and can be easily combined with each other. Depending on the individual situation, different combinations are possible – we will be happy to advise you personally.

      Example 1: Preparation courses in 5th and 6th grade
      In order to identify and close individual gaps at an early stage, we recommend that some students start our preparation course already in 5th grade (May to summer). From September onwards, students from 6th grade can then attend the six-month course. The two courses are optimally coordinated. This ensures a sustainable Gymnasium preparation, and your child can prepare for the exams comprehensively and without rushing.

      Example 2: Six-month preparation course for 6th grade and specific supplementary intensive courses
      In principle, we recommend attending the six-month preparation course in 6th grade. If a student needs additional help in specific areas in addition to the preparation course, our intensive courses offer ideal support. In our intensive courses, we cover topics that have not been fully understood yet. We can recap and specifically train those topics (e.g. mathematics, essay writing, etc.) or practice even more exam questions and mock exams during the sports holidays. This gives your child additional self-confidence.

      Example 3: Attending a public preparation course at your child's school and specific intensive courses at Gymivorbereitung Zürich
      If you are satisfied with your child's public preparation courses, we can supplement those with our intensive courses. This gives your child the chance to have topics explained by a different teacher. In this way, your child receives an independent assessment from our experts.


      How long does a course day in the supplementary preparation course last?
      In the past, we have received feedback that the course days for supplementary courses should not be too long. The Gymnasium preparation time is not only technically and personally demanding, but also highly time-intensive with a time frame of about half a year.

      As confirmed by various studies, the time span in which students can focus their attention fully is only between 25 and 30 minutes on average. If the course days last too long, they will be less effective, the students will lose motivation, and their enthusiasm and homework will become an additional burden over the course of half a year.

      That is why we intentionally focus on a dynamic teaching structure.

      Characteristics of this approach are a high diversity of methods as well as targeted social forms and active support in obtaining interdisciplinary skills such as focus exercises and learning strategies.

      Thanks to our many years of experience, we have found that the optimum for a course day during school is 1.5 hours.

      However, a shorter course duration does not mean less material – far from it. Our aim is to ensure that the students in our courses can always focus optimally and that the courses are structured as efficiently as possible.

      For example, the course hours are used to teach the material. We also want to be able to help to students individually. For instance, essays can be written at home without a teacher and sent to the teacher in advance. The teacher can prepare class with the corrected essays and can thus use the lesson to give comprehensive feedback and tips. They don't "watch" the students while they are writing essays – although this is, of course, an exam situation that we will practice separately. Similarly, your child can do more in-depth exercises at home once the basics have been covered in the course.

      If they have any questions, the students can always ask the teacher directly in the chat. The questions will then be discussed in the course or in additional online video conferences and practiced with specific exercises and theory.

      This not only promotes your child's independence, but also ensures that the contents of the exam are worked through sustainably and ultimately understood by the students.

      What grade point average do we recommend so that passing the exam is realistic?
      In order to be realistic about passing the Gymnasium exam, a certain grade point average should be reached in the canton of Zurich. In primary school, the grade point average for the subjects German and Maths should be at least 5.0. (e.g., 5.0 in German and 5.0 in Maths. Or 4.5 in German and 5.5 in Maths). If your child hasn't reached this grade point average (yet), we recommend that you choose a more intensive preparation program (e.g., start preparation already in 5th grade or attend additional intensive courses).
      How does the current situation of COVID-19 affect the courses of Gymivorbereitung Zürich?
      In all our courses we strictly adhere to the recommended distance and hygiene regulations of the BAG.

      Regardless of the special situation, we want to accompany your child optimally on the way to Gymnasium. Should the situation in Zurich worsen again (e.g. lockdown), our courses will nevertheless be guaranteed to be held. We have the necessary infrastructure and experience to be able to offer all our courses in the form of distance learning if required.