Prepared by Wilfrid Laurier University
About Reflective Writing
This guide will support you through the process of reflective writing during your post-secondary education. You might encounter reflective writing as part of the general curriculum (i.e., part of a course) or your extra- or co-curricular activities (e.g., a pre-reflective exercise for a practicum or international placement).
What will I learn?
By successfully completing the sections included in this guide, you should be able to
- define and practice reflection,
- understand how to start writing your reflections down,
- incorporate reflection into your academic work,
- analyze the tone in your reflective writing,
- apply writing strategies for each section of the reflective essay, and
- present your reflective essay in a clear, organized, and persuasive way.
How is this guide organized?
This guide includes six sections:
- Overview Background information about reflection and reflective writing.
- How Can I Reflect? Models of reflection to help guide your reflective practice.
- How Do I Get Started? Understanding the assignment and the expectations of reflective writing.
- Writing a Reflection Learn about free-writing, three models for reflective writing, creating an outline, writing your first draft, and assessing your writing.
- Revising Your Work Analyze your writing for the purposes of revision and editing.
- Resources Expand your understanding of reflection and reflective writing with these resources.
How will I learn?
In these sections, you will find a Reflective Essay Template, a Sample Paper, and the Structure of a Reflective Essay.
Each part of the guide will engage you in a variety of ways to help you develop greater confidence and skill in writing your reflective essay. Specifically, the following will be included:
- Clear, concise, and easy to read text
- Printable documents
- Models of reflection, presented textually and visually
- References to helpful resources
- Summaries of key points to remember
We hope that you will enjoy working through this guide and will be able to improve your case study skills!
Let's Get Started!
Let's begin with Section A: Overview.