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Other Types of Writing

What are Reflections?

Reflective writing is one aspect of critical thinking or analyzing. In reflective writing, you answer three important questions: 

  1. What? (Describe, Feel, and Evaluate) 
  • What is the evidence or experience? 
  • What did I feel/think? 
  • What went well/poorly? 
  1. So what? (Analyze) 
  • What was important about this evidence or experience? 
  • What impacted my feelings or thoughts? 
  • What did I learn about myself? 
  1. Now what? (Conclude) 
  • What can I do to improve my knowledge or skill? 
  • In the future, what would I do differently? Why?


Reflective Writing Checklist 

  • Check your verb tense. 
    • Reflective writing can have multiple verb tenses, depending on the context of your reflection. 
  • Determine pronoun choice. 
    • Confirm with your faculty member whether you should use first person "I/we" or third person "it/he/she". 
  • Describe one or a few main experiences. 
    • It is important to limit the amount of experiences. This will help keep your reflection focused and give you the ability to provide an in-depth analysis. 
  • Connect to the literature or theory if needed. 
    • This shows the reader how you have made text-to-self connections for academic reflection.