• Geneva English School
  • British School of Geneva
  • Collège du Léman
  • Brillantmont
  • GEMS World Academy Switzerland

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No matter how hard students have studied, the arrival of IB mock exams after the holidays can bring an element of dread to the winter holiday season.  It is natural for even the best students to approach the mock exam season with trepidation, and for parents it is no different.  Many of us feel stressed, wondering what we can do to help our kids get through this difficult period in their lives!

One option for parents is to book their child on an exam revision course – structured support of this kind can make all the difference to a student, who feels overwhelmed by the volume of work they need to get through, or who still hasn’t fully grasped some of the more challenging parts of their course.

With Mock IB exams scheduled in many schools after the winter break, specialist tutoring company, TutorsPlus, has organized a series of mini-courses for students during the Christmas holidays.

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If you have an ongoing project which requires a high level of English that you don’t feel confident to manage yourself, then Lanita Kwankam may be just the person to help you!

Highly qualified teacher

Having worked for 38 years as a university-qualified teacher in international schools and ESL/EFL programs, Lanita has decided to set herself up as an editor of English texts, working remotely from home. She told knowitall.ch,

“Throughout my teaching career, I have worked with students aged 3 years to adult. Along with English and ESL/EFL, I have also taught various other subjects (literature, creative writing, history, math, science, etc.), either as a classroom teacher or a tutor.”

She continued, “During my life I have lived in six countries (on four continents and two islands) and traveled extensively in between. I believe that this, plus my experience teaching at International Schools and ESL/EFL programs, has developed in me an appreciation for different cultures as well as an enjoyment of working with people from many different backgrounds.”

KSI Sophrology Talk 500

Do you want to try something different? Meet new people? KSI Morges invites you to come along and try something new at their recently launched free monthly events!

This bilingual primary school in Morges for children aged 3 to 12 years is opening its doors one evening each month, offering a series of seminars and events for adults. The school welcomes both parents and community members to come and enjoy interesting talks from various guest speakers.  

A schedule of these events is available at www.ksi-morges.com/events.

Events are free of charge and include health and wellness seminars, book talks, workshops, and even wine tasting sessions! Get to know people living in your area, extend your social and professional networks, and pick up some new skills and knowledge along the way. The next workshop in their montly schedule is:

  • Free Yourself From Stress by Dorna Revie
    Learn the concepts of Sophrology, a physical and mental stress relief technique which can bring busy people some inner peace. This complimentary workshop, hosted by a leading wellness practitioner, will take place on Wednesday 22 November at 18h30 - 20h30. Click here for more information and to register.

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Special offer for knowitall.ch readers includes half price introductory private lesson (more details below).

A new tutoring service has been launched, which is proving popular with both parents and their teenage kids.

Called Optimise You, the service includes English tutoring for Anglophones, as well as UCAS support, career guidance, communication skills and creative writing workshops for teens.

Launched a few months ago by Natalie Adams Perrin, former Head of English at a private international school in Geneva, Optimise You instils a real joy for learning in students that makes them look forward to lessons and come back again…and again!

Asked why she decided to set up her own tutoring service, Natalie told us, “When I left my job, I still had parents contacting me for advice about English, educational choices, and university advice.  Nowadays, there are so many choices available to students and it can be overwhelming.  It is not just about academic achievement either.  We expect students to be excellent all-rounders and this is further highlighted when they have to write their personal statement.  I want to be there to take some of the pressure off both the students and the parents to help them achieve their goals.”

Services offered by Optimise You

Natalie offers general guidance on a wide range of educational topics but her services fall into 6 main categories:

  • Bespoke English services depending on individual needs (this might be for IGCSE English, IB coursework, homework support, essay writing, etc.)
  • 1 to 1 Personal Statement support
  • Extended Essay guidance
  • Study skills, personal organization and coaching for academic success
  • Communication skills and developing EQ (a new service in response to parents asking for further workshops)
  • Coaching for success – time management skills, organizational skills, career planning, developing a vision, and transitioning to university are just some of the services that Natalie has offered in the past.

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While all teachers in the region were preparing for the new school year, those at the British School of Geneva had an extra reason to look forward to the start of term since, for the first time, BSG welcomed a class of Reception year students. These eager four-year olds occupied the front-row, centre spot at the whole-school assembly on Day 1, and have found their place in the school’s happy and busy environment ever since.

This small group of students is led by teacher Isabella Farrar, as well as a teaching assistant. Miss Farrar told knowitall.ch, “In our first few days, we have been working hard to create an environment in which each child feels safe to explore, ask questions and develop their innate sense of curiosity. I’m thrilled to be teaching our new Reception class, and I’m looking forward to helping my students become confident and independent thinkers.”

Since it opened its doors more than ten years ago, BSG has grown steadily and now counts more than 200 students on roll. It remains the only school in the region that brings the English National Curriculum to children from Primary straight through to A Levels (a pre-university qualification), but despite its student body having such a broad range of ages, it has retained its small-school feel. This year, there are more than 50 nationalities represented in its classrooms, which naturally means that students understand what it means to be “the new kid”, and the importance of a warm welcome. This ethos can make all the difference to a young child just starting school.