In order to begin writing reflectively, you need to understand what reflective writing is, and equally what it is not. Here are some characteristics of reflective writing. Starting to write reflectively This section will: ❍ Help you begin to understand what reflective writing is ❍ Enable you to understand the role of writing in reflection ❍ Show you how writing sharpens your focus ❍ Help you to start to write reflectively ❍ Give you a structure for reflective writing Reflective writing is: ❍ Always written in the first person (I …) with a focus on yourself ❍ Generally more personal than other forms of academic writing ❍ Helpful when you are asked to evaluate your experiences ❍ Focused on your experiences, thoughts, feelings and assumptions ❍ A form of self-supervision ❍ Honest and spontaneous ❍ Subjective ❍ A record of your thoughts and experiences that you can return to ❍ An investment of time. Reflective writing helps us to link our ideas together and discover meanings from the things we see and experience. Our understandings become broader and deeper as we question our approaches to people and circumstances. Like any other skill, reflective writing is one that will improve with practice. Indeed, reflection itself is a skill which also improves over time. As you progress, you will find that your learning will become deeper as a result of your investment of time in writing reflectively.
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