Many of us will have been on holiday and may feel a little bit like the cat in the picture on the left, very relaxed and not really prepared for the studies ahead, but don't worry, because when the colder weather comes (and the shorter days) something natural occurs in our metabolism and we get a 'wake up' call from nature. Our ambitions reawaken and our energy levels will return. So whatever course you are planning to study and however you approach it, remember to stay calm and choose the right course for your level of English.
The teacher's who are running the courses should be able to evaluate your level of English and advise you of the best course of action. It will help the teacher, during the evaluation, if you are completely honest about your abilities - an evaluation is not a test, so you shouldn't be nervous and try to conceal any 'gaps' in your knowledge.
Assist the teacher by being honest and open about your abilities.
Many students are also too modest about their English language levels and place themselves at a lower level of ability than they really are - a good teacher can see this, and sometimes it's just a matter of raising confidence levels in conversation practice and the student can then begin to progress with reassurance and support.
Remember that we are our own worst critics when it comes to a variety of personal issues and most people are very hard on themselves when they don't need to be.
So whatever course you are planning to do, remember to be realistic about your aims and objectives and be honest with your teachers and you will progress, in time, to a higher level of knowledge - this will apply to all courses in general, it's a matter of knowing yourself and what you want to achieve.
Here's wishing all students everywhere (and their teachers) best wishes in the new academic year.