Student Diaries

Student Diaries is a new and exciting project from your Skills for Learning team!

Students will be capturing their experience of the first year of study at university and sharing them on this blog. Follow their journeys as they start university, walk into their first large lecture, go on placement and tackle their first assignment!

Got your own story to tell? You can find out about becoming one of our student bloggers by emailing

Read the latest diary entries

  • Year one (almost) completed! #StudentDiaries #SalfordSmart

    May 24th, 2017

    So as I sit here this morning, working on one of my final first year assignments I cannot believe how quickly this year has passed. From the giddy excitement of last September where I skipped into uni with my new backpack and pencils, keen to make new friends to cold and wet December feeling frazzled ...

  • That was an academic year? #studentdiaries

    May 11th, 2017

    A sort of bombshell hit me this week, with the realisation that my first year as an undergraduate student is about to end. It doesn’t seem like two years ago that I first made the decision to start the application process, and now here I am, modules for Year 2 selected, with the emphasis on the ...

  • Time is flying by and I have learned some study key lessons!! #studentdiaries

    March 23rd, 2017

    I cannot believe that it is nearly the end of March and my time as a first year undergraduate student is coming to an end. The time from January onwards has gone so fast that I’m not sure where to start… I have carefully read the feedback given to me so that I can learn from ...

  • The first semester was a steep learning curve on so many levels #studentdiaries

    February 13th, 2017

    Rather astoundingly, time has progressed rapidly and we find ourselves well into Semester Two. Upon reflection, the first semester was a steep learning curve on so many levels.  The level of study involved in obtaining an undergraduate degree has never been more apparent, as the initial shock of reality biting has settled.  For me personally, the weeks since ...

  • The last few weeks of 2016 were full on to say the least!! #studentdiaries

    February 06th, 2017

    “At times as the pressure was immense” So its been a while since I wrote a blog… The last few weeks of 2016 were full on to say the least!! I had an exam to do (stress!!!) a case study, academic poster, ICPP assignment and Viva to complete. I didn’t know what to do with myself ...

  • Exam meltdown #studentdiaries

    January 31st, 2017

    Plenty of time to revise 3 weeks off for Xmas and revision. That’s plenty of time to revise I thought. Having put in the effort previously on my essay I just had 2 exams to revise for. The first one was professional studies; a written exam. I hate written exams. I always have. The last written ...

  • New to Salford? You are not alone! #studentdiaries

    January 30th, 2017

    Our team of fab student bloggers have been writing about their experience of studying at Uni and sharing some really good reflections about being a new student. Anne – studying Occupational Therapy Meet Anne. She has become an ‘expert juggler’ since starting her Occupational Therapy course in September. She has been blogging about setting up her ‘occupation ...

  • One Semester Already…? #studentdiaries

    December 15th, 2016

    I’m finding myself a little overwhelmed as I start to write this post.  Firstly, I am a little behind due to sickness.  Secondly, given that there are only five days left before we adjourn for the seasonal festivities, there is a general consensus amongst myself and my fellow students, that these last four months seem to ...

  • Hanging in there! #studentdiaries

    December 09th, 2016

    Reading, planning, more reading, writing and a bit of uncertainty I have recently felt a little drained so decided to stop writing the blogs and recuperate. I think I was trying to do too much at once and needed to slow down a little. We (podiatry) have been given our first assignment and because I was ...

  • Referencing Lessons #studentdiaries

    November 29th, 2016

    This week friends I have learned a painful but valuable lesson When working on an essay or assignment and you find a piece of research, a useful book or anything that you might want to talk about in your assignment, for the love of all that is great and good write down the source and reference details ...