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Assessment Tasks: Reflective Writing

Tips for tackling a variety of assessment tasks.

Reflective writing structure

Reflective writing is necessarily a personal undertaking.  Therefore, the writer usually has greater choice about how he or she structures the work. However, there are a number of qualities considered essential to the creation of a good piece of reflective writing.  These include:

  • drawing upon your own personal experience to support or illustrate the points you have made
  • discussing the significance and impact of your experiences and actions
  • contemplating different viewpoints surrounding the experience you are writing about
  • deriving personal meaning from your experience, and linking it to formal learning

Content adapted from:  Gillett, A  2009  Successful academic writing,  Pearson Longman, Essex, UK