How To Write A Reflective Essay

Reflective writing
•    To record, the development of your ideas and insights and their implications for practice

•    To reflect on the content of the subject and on your own learning process

•    To analyse and discuss your responses to key

concepts/issues from course work, reading, and/or practical placement, etc.

 

Topic

Reflective writing
•    Often a response to an aspect of a course: e.g. class/ studio/ lab, practical placement (WIL), and/or readings

•    Generally, focuses on a particular aspect of course content and its potential application to theory and/or practice

 

audience

Reflective writing
• Written for yourself as a record of a learning experience (although your lecturer is also the audience in an assessment task)

 

Format

Reflective writing
•    No formal format requirements, but often dated in a journal to trace the development of ideas, insights and learning

•    Usually no headings; may be separated into sections if it suits the purpose

 

Style

Reflective writing
•    Standard written English, using paragraphs and complete sentences; use of ‘I’ is permitted

•    May be subjective to reflect your responses and interpretations

 

Assessment

Reflective writing
• Success depends on demonstration of insights into the course content, and developing awareness of inter-relationships and implications of different aspects of course content
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