Reflective writing: What is it? What does it mean to reflect?
Reflecting on an experience involves drawing on current understandings to think deeply and purposefully about what can be learned from the experience.
The purpose of academic or professional reflection is to transform practice in some way, whether it is the practice of learning or the practice of the discipline or the profession.
Generally, a reflection is written in 'first person' (e.g. I/ me/ we/ us) and the writer discusses in detail their personal thoughts, feelings, reactions to or opinions about the subject.
I've done my interview. How should I approach writing the reflection?
One way to approach writing a reflection piece is to follow a simple 3 step procedure:
For ideas on how to organise ideas into sentences, look at the resource link below.
A commonly used structure for reflective writing is the "4 Rs". They are:
NOTE: you don't necessarily have to write 4 distinct paragraphs, but using this formula will help organise your ideas coherently. See the slide show below for some prompting questions for each of the 4Rs.
Reflective writing IS:
Reflective writing is NOT:
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