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Some tricks on how to write a reflective paper

 

A reflective essay can be as easy or as tough as you want it to be. If you’re used to thinking about your life, then you’ll find it no problem. If not, then you may need a helping hand. The thing to remember is, this essay should literally be all about you. Don’t worry about sounding egotistic, in this case it’s a plus. Follow these steps to make sure your reflective essay hits the mark:

 
  • Be Personal
  • The Ws
  • Outcomes
  • Improvements
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  • Be Personal
  • Write in the first person and discuss what you got up to, or whatever your topic is about. It’s not about other people or other things, though you can mention them, but for the most part a reflective essay is designed for you. Whatever your topic is, keep in mind that this should your personal thoughts and feelings. Don’t hold back. There is no such thing as too much information: well, to a point. Stick to the topic, after all.

  • The Ws
  • Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. Who were you with? What were you doing? How long was it for? Where was it? When? Why did you choose it? These kind of questions open you up for further self-analysis. Try to use them in your essay. Make sure every paragraph answers at least one of these questions, as without them it’s just a diary entry. Remember, you’re trying to show what you learned as much as anything else.

  • Outcomes
  • What did you learn? Or what didn’t you learn? Did you expect something different? Were you challenged in some way, either physically, mentally or spiritually? What skills did you develop? Did you find it tough going or did you love it? Would you do it again? Use this section to show what way you have now changed as a person. Show that your time was used wisely, or show why it was wasted and what you wanted instead.

  • Improvements
  • Would you do it differently next time around? What did you feel you were bad at? Was it different to what you had expected, and were you able to keep up with the demand? By acknowledging where you faltered and what you would do to improve yourself then you can show you learned something from your experience. Remember, just because it’s all about you doesn’t mean you have to show yourself as the best person in the world ever. Sometimes, it’s better to be humble and say where you messed up and how you would have fixed it.

 
 

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