Ching-Hung explains how the Pre-sessional course helped to prepare him for the MSc Finance degree.
My view of the Pre-sessional course
What was the most interesting thing about the Pre-sessional course?
Personally, I think small classroom teaching was the most interesting thing for learning. It meant that I had more opportunity to discuss things with my classmates or teachers in English. It was also a useful way to improve speaking and listening.
Furthermore, working in groups to complete a certain target was a nice experience.
What was it like settling into the UK?
It was a good chance to experience different cultures, compared with our native countries.
Some students might feel homesick or have a culture shock when they first arrive in the UK, such as store opening hours, drinking culture, etc. But I guess it should not be a big problem because you soon get used to it.
How did you prepare for the final Pre-sessional assessment?
First of all, it is essential to plan ahead of time for the final assessment because it takes time to improve. I found a few preparation methods that worked for me in order to pass this exam, such as realising my strengths and weaknesses, generating a personal timetable and simulating the real test environment.
The most essential thing to remember is to keep practising.
How did the Pre-sessional prepare you for your main studies?
For me, the master's classes and independent study, particularly reading and speaking, have greatly benefited from the Pre-sessional course.
Additionally, certain abilities gained in the Pre-sessional courses are beneficial, such as reading comprehension and writing conventions. I think these will also be helpful while writing the dissertation.