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Reflective writing

What is reflective writing?

Reflective writing is a method of capturing an event or your performance and analysing how successful it was.

Why do I need to learn reflective writing?

Reflective writing at University is often used to help you assess your skills and create action plans to improve your skills. It is very useful to know your strengths and weaknesses so you can improve where needed whilst keeping doing the good things.

How do I write reflectively?

There are many ways of reflecting and lots of models that you can use to help. You can find some examples of reflective models by clicking on the tabs above.

Writing for reflection can be very different to writing an academic essay. In reflective writing, writing in the first person is acceptable. So you can use 'I' when describing your experiences and throughout, whereas in an academic essay only the third person is accepted. 

It is important in reflective writing not to focus exclusively on the negative aspects, as you can also learn a lot from the positive aspects of an event or experience.

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