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Old 05.10.2011, 10:33
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gymnasium admission - tutoring needed

I'm hoping some parents out there can advise me regarding coaching/turoring institutes in zürich.
our thirteen-year-old has started at Rämibühl Gymnasium in Zurich this year and will have to pass the admission examination in january. she's getting along quite fine on her own in most subjects, but will need support in catching up with 1 year french, which she has never done in school before, and maths.

since we are not familiar with the school system, having just moved from germany, I don't feel like organising private lessons with a student or similar, but would rather refer to an organisation. I think they would be more efficient in guaranteeing tailored coaching to meet the exam requirements.

I have found quite a few which offer a sample lesson, among which Abacus and Learning Institute. should I book a sample lesson with all of them and then decide? sounds a bit time-consuming...

I would be extremely grateful for any advice or recommendation.
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Re: gymnasium admission - tutoring needed

Hi Venice

Could you please clarify if your daughter is in the first grade at RG or are you seeking assistance to prepare for the gymnasium entrance tests? Sorry but I was a bit confused as you mentioned not having completed 1 year of French before and is tied into the klasse 6 curriculum here in ZRH.

Once, I understand the requirement am happy to share the contacts of a great French teacher- location silver coast though.

Also what did mean about a test in January?
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Re: gymnasium admission - tutoring needed

Hi I have a recommendation for gymnasium prep in Zurich. See link:

http://www.in-tuition.ch/
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Re: gymnasium admission - tutoring needed

Google onto lernstudio for a start and you will find various organisations that do gymi tutoring.I've no idea what they are like, but I do know many parents use professional tutoring. It used to be enough to get student help, but nowadays things are apparently much more competitive.
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Old 06.10.2011, 10:09
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Re: gymnasium admission - tutoring needed

thank you very much for your tips!
I will start phoning some lernstudio straight away for a sample lesson.

my daughter has started at 2nd grade at LGR. until last year she was at an altsprachliches gymnasium in germany where she didn't do any french. as soon as we knew we were moving I phoned the LGR and asked them what she should be catching up with and they told me that the others had been doing french for 1 year or more (they start at primary, don't they?). so we organised private lessons + 1 week stay with friends in paris + she studied on her own over the summer with the course book which had been recommended by the school director.
still, the first test was a 2,9 (insufficient) a couple of weeks ago. actually, she can't be that bad if the french teacher hadn't even noticed that she hadn't done french before, I had to remind her

it was good I talked to her french teacher, who is preparing the january exam at the moment - I hope they will consider that there are kids who have never done french before! she suggested a couple of training books at the Romanica bookshop. I went there yesterday and found many of these nice "readers" for learners, with teenage-interesting subjects, accompanying the curriculum.

the procedure for new kids coming from other schools is as follows: in the first semester she is "Hospitantin" and marks are just for her orientation, the do not count for the Zeugnis. in january she will have to pass an exam (together with other new kids) in 4 subjects, including french. if she passes, she will be admitted to "Probezeit" until the end of the 2nd semester. if at the end of that her zeugnis is OK, she is taken on definitively from next year. still a long way to go!!!

we're optimistic, as she can be hardworking if needed (and she really likes the school and wants to stay!), but it would be easier to have a coach who is familiar with the local requirements.

my son is doing french at primary now (5. klasse) so he will just do his normal admission to gymnasium like all other kids when the time comes.
I am personally against "pushing" kids through gymnasium with Nachhilfe or tutoring. if they need constant help it means they're at the wrong school. for exceptional situations I find it OK, though, it's only fair to help them get back on track. unless they are geniuses (not our case)
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Re: gymnasium admission - tutoring needed

Something you might want to look into if you are looking for something a little cheaper: http://know-now.ch/ is a website that can find you a student who's appropriate for the subject - often they went to gymnasiums in Zurich themselves. They cost 44.- CHF for a single lesson, and while not actual professional teachers, but most of them have a lot of tutoring knowledge and you get a cheaper Probelektion (trial lesson) for 25.- CHF.

That's a least what I did for my Matura. I'd offer myself (never worked for the people on the link above, but used to do tutoring), but my French is terrible
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