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Pre-sessional course at Bath: Junzhi Lai

Junzhi Lai from China shares his experience of the 10-week Pre-sessional course at Bath.

MBA student Junzhi Lai
MBA student Junzhi Lai from China

Junzhi explains how the Pre-sessional course helped to prepare him for the MBA degree.

My view of the Pre-sessional course

Why did you choose a Pre-sessional course at the University of Bath?

Firstly, the Pre-sessional English course (PSE) at the University of Bath offers a small and diverse class, which means that I would have more contact time with leading faculty and course mates. It’s a great opportunity to gain a global classroom experience.

Secondly, the PSE course contains English Language and Academic Skills, which not only enables me to develop my ideas and perspectives appropriately in delivering a speech and writing academic essays, but also improves my skills to work with others in a fluent English.

Finally, attending the PSE course benefits me to adapt my own studies to the MBA programme in advance since I graduated from university seven years ago.

What did you enjoy about the course?

Well, I enjoyed attending the workshops offered by the Careers Service. I was keen to learn more about how to communicate with employers, develop my skills, and build my network.

What is the most important thing you learnt from the course?   

The most important thing I’ve learned is working in groups. I have a deep understanding of the importance of supporting teammates, sharing ideas and listening to others carefully. I find it useful to delegate tasks individually and make sure to contribute equally.

The techniques help me to improve my time management skills as well. I can see it’s good to track the process regularly and manage deadlines. It was a wonderful learning experience.

How did the Pre-sessional prepare you for your main studies?

The techniques and approaches to writing academic essays that I learned from the Pre-sessional course have helped me read research articles appropriately, and have improved my productivity in writing reports and individual essays for my main course.

What is your favourite thing about living in Bath? 

I would say having picnics in the park is my favourite thing in Bath because it not only allows me to experience a wonderful time with my new friends here, but also helps me to relax physically and mentally.

Bath has various parks around fantastic historical architecture. Sitting on the grass and enjoying the food and drinks is chill.

At the end of your time in Bath...

Which employability skills did the Pre-sessional course help you to develop?

It’s enabled me to develop good time management skills, such as prioritising tasks, meeting deadlines, and maintaining productivity. Additionally, I’ve also improved my listening skills to understand different accents and comprehend complex information, which are valuable in employment, enabling effective communication with colleagues, clients, and stakeholders from different countries.

What will be your best memory of the Pre-sessional and of your time at the University of Bath?

The best memory from this course was the sense of accomplishment I felt after successfully improving my English language skills and feeling more confident in my ability to communicate effectively in an academic setting.

Joining the Student Union volleyball club enabled me to make new friends and take part in a fun practice at the Sports Centre.

What advice would you give to anyone preparing to do the Pre-sessional course in the future?

Firstly, actively participate in class. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, just take advantage of opportunities to speak, ask questions and interact with your course mates.

Secondly, be proactive in seeking feedback from your tutors; they are very friendly to support your learning.

Finally, immerse yourself in English as much as possible outside of class.

‘I’ve gained a lot of academic skills and my English has improved through the Pre-sessional course. I am now confident to apply these skills to my degree course studies, specifically group work, academic writing and diplomatic language.’
Junzhi Lai MBA

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