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Six-month preparation course 2023/24

We provide an optimal and sustainable preparation for the Gymnasium entrance exam from 8/9th grade in Zurich. We offer targeted and individual support in German (incl. essay writing) and mathematics in small groups.
Course overview
  • Gymnasium preparation course for the 8/9th grade (Sekundarschule)
  • Saturday, Wednesday afternoon or Thursday evening
  • September 2023 to March 2024
  • Individual and focused support: 3 to a maximum of 8 children
  • German (with essay training) and Mathematics
  • Learning and training materials are included
  • Assessment & mock exams – including comprehensive feedback
  • Course location: directly at Zurich Main Station, Stadelhofen Station or online
  • Participation fees: early bird discount 2990 CHF (afterwards 3290 CHF)

Explanation video – OUR Gymnasium preparation courses

Course structure

With our six-months' individual tuition in our training course, we offer optimal conditions for a sustainable exam preparation. Thanks to the considerable time available, we can help your child close individual gaps in a targeted manner, while providing comprehensive training on topics relevant to the exam.

The preparation course for the Gymnasium entrance examination has 3 phases:
  • 1
    Phase 1 (Basics): Filling Gaps
    At the beginning of the course, we carry out a comprehensive assessment of your child's situation so that we can see where your child stands and what gaps may still exist. We will recap important basics in quick succession. Those will be studied in depth according to individual needs. We mainly consolidate and train basics and topics that are relevant to the exam.
  • 2
    Phase 2 (Structure): Acquiring and enhancing the examination material
    Examination topics in German (including essay writing) and mathematics are improved and practiced intensively. If certain topics were not covered in school or were only covered superficially, this phase also offers space to work through gaps.
  • 3
    Phase 3 (Recap): Applying the material based on exam questions
    We provide targeted training of specific exam questions in German (language studies & essay) and mathematics: Which types of questions and steps to the solution are there? What is the best way to approach the various exam questions? This includes exam strategies and, depending on requirements, a targeted recap of specific topics.
    In phase 3, we will also prepare a mock exam that simulates the real Gymnasium entrance exam. Here, your child can gain important experience in dealing with examination situations and learn valuable lessons (e.g. time management, examination stress, focus, examination strategies, etc.). Afterwards, the students receive comprehensive feedback and can thus identify the topics that they should practice and recap.
Empfohlener Gymivorbereitungskurs Langzeitgymnasium
Empfohlener Gymivorbereitungskurs Langzeitgymnasium
Course dates in detail
We offer courses on Saturday, Wednesday afternoon or Tuesday evening. You can decide which option suits your child best:

Course dates on Saturday
Course A (Zurich Main Station): Saturdays (11:00 to 12:30)

Course B (Zurich Main Station): Saturdays (13:15 to 14:45)
Course C (Bhf. Stadelhofen): Saturdays (11:00 to 12:30)
Course D (Bhf. Stadelhofen): Saturdays (13:15 to 14:45)

Phase 1 (Basics):
  • Situation assessment takes place before the first day of the course
  • 02.09.2023
  • 09.09.2023
  • 16.09.2023
  • 23.09.2023
  • 30.09.2023
  • 07.10.2023
Phase 2 (Structure):
  • 28.10.2023
  • 04.11.2023
  • 11.11.2023
  • 18.11.2023
  • 25.11.2023
  • 02.12.2023
  • 09.12.2023
  • 16.12.2023
Phase 3 (Recap):
  • 13.01.2024 (Mock exam)
  • 20.01.2024
  • 27.01.2024
  • 03.02.2024
  • 10.02.2024
  • 02.03.2024

Course dates on Wednesday
Course E (Zurich Main Station): Wednesdays (16:00 to 17:30)
Course F (Bhf. Stadelhofen): Wednesdays (16:00 to 17:30)
Course G (online): Wednesdays (17:30 to 19:00)

Phase 1 (Basics):
  • Situation assessment takes place before the first day of the course
  • 06.09.2023
  • 13.09.2023
  • 20.09.2023
  • 27.09.2023
  • 04.10.2023
  • 25.10.2023
Phase 2 (Structure):
  • 01.11.2023
  • 08.11.2023
  • 15.11.2023
  • 22.11.2023
  • 29.11.2023
  • 06.12.2023
  • 13.12.2023
  • 20.12.2023
Phase 3 (Recap):
  • 10.01.2024 (Mock exam)
  • 17.01.2024
  • 24.01.2024
  • 31.01.2024
  • 07.02.2024
  • 28.02.2024

Course dates on Thursday
  • Course H (online): Thursdays (17:45 to 19:15)
Phase 1 (Basics):
  • Situation assessment takes place before the first day of the course
  • 07.09.2023
  • 14.09.2023
  • 21.09.2023
  • 28.09.2023
  • 05.10.2023
  • 26.10.2023
Phase 2 (Structure):
  • 02.11.2023
  • 09.11.2023
  • 16.11.2023
  • 23.11.2023
  • 30.11.2023
  • 07.12.2023
  • 14.12.2023
  • 21.12.2023
Phase 3 (Recap):
  • 10.01.2024 (Mock exam on Wednesday, on site)
  • 18.01.2024
  • 25.01.2024
  • 01.02.2024
  • 08.02.2024
  • 29.02.2024

    * Changes at short notice are possible. In addition, voluntary video-sessions will take place outside of course hours if desired.
    Course contents
    During the course, we will teach, apply and intensively train the basics of essay writing. This includes essay corrections, feedback, and valuable individual tips & tricks for improvement:
    • The following types of texts are required for the exam: narration, description, report, argumentation/opinion
    • We teach the basic writing process skills according to the latest examination requirements: Finding and planning ideas, writing text, and revising text
    • Reflecting on the content and putting it into a larger context
    • Appropriate use of idioms and metaphors
    • Writing the final version with correct spelling and grammar

    Reading comprehension
    We systematically build text comprehension skills, which we practice with literary and non-literary texts as specified in the exam:
    • Understanding complex texts and answering questions about contents and linguistics
    • Strategies and methods for reading texts
    • Being able to answer the questions about the text in your own words
    • Being able to read between the lines and answering questions and understanding connections accordingly

    Language review & grammar
    Es werden Verfahren (Proben) und Grammatikbegriffe vermittelt, um an der Prüfung Sprachstrukturen gezielt analysieren zu können. Ziel ist es, folgende grammatikalische Kompetenzen anwenden zu können:
    • Investigating and explaining language structures in words and sentences
    • Using nuanced vocabulary
    • Word and sentence theory: knowing, determining, and being able to use the grammatical terms and their forms

    We teach your child how to solve different types of tasks of the exam:

    1. Numbers and variables (arithmetic and algebra)
    • Using terminology and symbols correctly
    • Correctly applying calculation rules (e.g. multiplication and division first) and doing basic operations
    • Deriving, transforming and calculating terms and equations

    2. Measurements, functions, data, and randomness (factual calculations)
    • Understanding and correctly applying the terms "absolute and relative frequency" and "probability"
    • Solving word problems with lengths, surfaces, volumes (cubic measures and measures of capacity), weights, and times
    • Doing calculations with percentages and shares
    • Proportional and inversely proportional relationships

    3. Form and Space (Geometry)
    • Symmetry of figures
    • Using and calculating perimeters and areas of special triangles and squares
    • Calculating angles
    • Applying the Pythagorean theorem and the Thales theorem
    • Design tasks (triangles, squares, distance)
    • Geometric bodies (cube, cuboid, pyramid, prism)

    * The course content may still change. The focus of the course depends on the current level of the participants.
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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.
    • Comprehensive training materials and a digital course platform
      We create our training materials as practical dossiers on specific topics in accordance with the latest examination requirements. We support your child every step of the way through the training materials. Your child will also receive personal access to our modern course platform. Here, students can find additional multimedia materials that are tailored to their individual needs, such as educational videos, digital flashcards, quizzes, and much more. This ensures an optimal and effective training during and after class hours. All materials are included in the course fee.
    • Support after class hours
      Our aim is to ensure that your child is optimally supported. If our students have any questions, they can always reach out to their teachers via chat – even after class hours. In addition to class days, we offer weekly video sessions for questions and, if necessary, video tutoring so that your child can close any gaps early on. It goes without saying that these services are included in the course price.
    • Extensive situation assessment
      At the start of our preparation course, our experts conduct an independent assessment of your child's situation. Your child receives comprehensive feedback on any gaps and individual improvement opportunities. This is an important basis and early orientation for the remaining preparation time.
    • 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.
    • Personal learning assessment through intermediate tests
      We place great emphasis on personal support and an individual focus. Our teachers identify the individual gaps of each student and help them address these gaps through individual coaching. Regular tests give you a constant overview of your child's progress and help your child to identify areas that require more time and effort.
    • Regular feedback between teachers and parents
      We believe in transparency and openness. That is why we share our observations, both positive and negative, with you. We are also always happy to listen to your concerns. On the one hand, it is important to us to encourage your child to develop the independence required for the Gymnasium. On the other hand, we will also inform you in a transparent manner if we observe any difficulties.
    • Acquiring valuable learning and testing strategies
      We provide your child with relevant learning and examination strategies: tips and tricks on the best learning environment, tips for exam nerves, what to do in case of blackouts, specific exercises to improve focus, as well as approaches to tasks typical for the Gymnasium entrance exam.
    • Mock exam
      During the course, we carry out and evaluate a mock exam based on a Gymnasium entrance exam. You will receive comprehensive feedback, in which we point out opportunities and difficulties and recommend exercises that are individually targeted to your child. Afterwards, we will discuss the exam in detail with the students and they will solve it together with their teacher.
    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 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: Your child didn't pass the Gymnasium examination in 6th grade or 8th grade and needs to close gaps in 7/8th grade
    Your child has not passed the Gymnasium entrance exam in 6th grade or 8th grade and wants to create optimal conditions for the short-term Gymnasium exam in 8/9th grade. In this case, we recommend starting the preparation early in our preliminary course for 7/8th grade (May to July), so that your child can create a sustainable foundation for the subsequent Gymnasium preparation course in the 8/9th grade (September to March).

    Example 2: Six-month preparation course for 8/9th grade (for short-term Gymnasium) and specific supplementary intensive courses
    In principle, we recommend attending this six-month preparation course in 8/9th 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.

    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.