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Essay training

Your child has good ideas, but trouble writing them down in a structured way? He or she often misses the point in essays? In this course, the students will improve their essay writing skills and practice the types of texts required for the exam. We will also provide valuable tips on how to plan and design an essay.
Course overview
  • Essay training for the Gymnasium entrance exam (from 7th grade)
  • Saturdays or Wednesdays
  • 5 course days between Nov to Dec 2021 or Jan to Feb 2022
  • Individual and focused support: 3 to a maximum of 8 students
  • Course location: directly at Zurich Main Station or Stadelhofen Station
  • Including comprehensive course material and written essay corrections with individual feedback
  • Participation fee: 995 CHF


Course structure

It has been shown that the essay on the Gymnasium entrance exam is a crucial part of the exam, is not trained enough in the public schools and many children have great difficulty with it. In this specific essay course, the most important pillars of essay writing are covered and deepened. After a theoretical introduction, the students put the knowledge they have acquired into practice by a specific writing assignment (essay), which is discussed on the next day of the course, including correction and individual written feedback and a sample solution.

Through this individual coaching of the teacher, the students can improve their vocabulary, their understanding of the four types of texts and their writing skills step by step.

These three basic pillars will be discussed each day of the course under a different topic:
Acquire knowledge
  • Text types: What are the different types of essays in the Gymnasium entrance exam? (narrative, discussion/argumentation & report)

  • Planning: How do I plan the content on specific topics? Which topics are typical for the Gymnasium entrance exam

  • Structure: How do I build up an exciting essay? (Introduction, main part, climax, conclusion)

  • Vocabulary training: How do I use appropriate adjectives and verbs? And how do I write varied sentences? What are the related words?

  • Perspectives: How do I write vividly from different perspectives? ("Ich-Form", "Er/Sie Form", "Allwissende Perspektive")

  • Revision: How do I optimize my essay? How do I avoid careless mistakes?
    Transfer knowledge
    1. Every day of the course, the students are given a writing assignment on a specific topic (which is taught in a theoretical part at the beginning), which enables them to consolidate their acquired knowledge.
    2. As homework, vocabulary is trained through specific exercises.
    3. On the next day of the course, the students receive the corrected essay back, including individual feedback and a sample solution. They can improve it on the basis of the feedback, revise it and, if necessary, hand it back to the teacher for correction
    Check knowledge
    The essays are corrected for vocabulary, structure, presentation, content, spelling and grammar. In this way the students receive individual feedback on where they stand and what exactly they can improve. The teacher supports each individual student in understanding and closing the individual gaps.

    Course dates

    The intensive course takes place either before the Christmas holidays between November and December 2021 or after the Christmas holidays between January and February 2022:

    Course dates Saturdays:
    Course A: November-December 2021 – 13:15 to 15:15 Uhr at Stadelhofen Station
    • 13.11.2021
    • 20.11.2021
    • 27.11.2021
    • 04.12.2021
    • 11.12.2021

    Course B: January-February 2022 – 13:15 to 15:15 Uhr at Zurich HB
    • 15.01.2022
    • 22.01.2022
    • 29.01.2022
    • 05.02.2022
    • 12.02.2022

    Course dates Wednesdays:
    Course C: January-February 2022 – 15:45 to 17:45 Uhr at Zurich HB
    • 12.01.2022
    • 19.01.2022
    • 26.01.2022
    • 02.02.2022
    • 09.02.2022
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    Quality courses and individual support for your child
    Qualified and trained teachers with a high level of professional expertise
    We specialize in supporting students on their way to Gymnasium. Our teachers are highly motivated and qualified in the latest teaching materials and curricula. We set high quality standards and we only employ a select group of teachers who fully meet our standards.
    Individual support and personal coaching
    Personal support and an individual focus is very important to us. Our teachers identify the respective gaps of the individual students and help them to close them through individual coaching. For questions outside of course hours, the teacher can be reached via chat.
    Comprehensive training materials
    For an optimal training during and outside of the course hours.
    Specific essay training
    Writing essays is a core component of our courses. We will show your child step by step which types of text he or she needs to master and how to best plan, phrase and revise them. Writing essays is a process that we coach individually and specifically. For that reason, your child will write essays on a regular basis – with the aim of imparting the joy of writing. After class hours, your child is always welcome to write additional essays on a voluntary basis. Naturally, we will provide feedback and valuable suggestions for improvement for those essays as well.
    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
    Essay training (from 7th grade)
    Thank you very much for your interest! If you have any questions before registering or if you would like a personal consultation first, you can contact us here.

    Intensive course (from 7th grade)
    • 5 course days on Saturday or Wednesday
    • Course location: directly at Zurich Main Station or Stadelhofen Station
    • Participation fee: 995 CHF
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