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Writing a reflective essay

Reflective writing assignments also ask you to write about personal experiences but you must do more than just describe people and places. Reflection means writing about an experience you have had, trying to show how you felt about what happened to you both at the time and, if the experience is over, how you feel about it when you look back on it. Reflecting is a difficult thing to do - you have to stand back and look at how you behaved, felt and reacted to certain situations you have experienced.

Key features are -

  • an account of the experience
  • a sense of the writer's personality is put across through how she/he reacted to/behaved during the experience
  • a sense of the writer reflecting/thinking deeply about how the experience has changed or affected them is put across
  • the writing has a clear structure with an opening, some development of ideas and a resolution



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