Reflective Writing

When it comes to assignments, Reflective assignments are quite different in comparison to other types of assignments or other comprehensive writing.

Many students fail to understand the format and meaning of Reflective assignments which eventually leads to not so good grades. It is quite necessary to understand the structure of Reflective assignments.

Let us understand briefly what reflective writing is before dealing with the structure of the reflective comprehensive work.

Reflective writing refers to an introspective way of writing where you go through different kind of thoughts on the past experiences and analysing them to know whether those experiences has helped or made any difference in your study.

In reflective writing you need to critically examine those actions and bring out the result that whether that particular action of yours has strengthened your work or has been a barrier in completing your research.

It is more about exploring and analyzing each action that you have taken in order to complete your comprehensive work.

Use of Personal Pronoun:

Reflective writing requires a more personal element to make reader understand your personal experience while doing certain research work or other works related to it.

Personal Pronouns such as “I” and “We” are used in order to create personal element while writing a reflective comprehensive work.  You can use phrases such as “I think so”, “According to me”, “ I believe that” and so on.

By doing so, you will be able to connect reader to understand your experience in a more translucent manner.


If we see Reflective writing from non-academic or personal purpose writing then it doesn’t have a structure. You can deal with every aspect of the event in a critical and evaluative manner as per your own need.

However, when it comes to academic writing there are certain guidelines to be followed to write a reflective assignment properly.  Some of the major points that you need to focus are:

  1. Introduction:

An introduction is the most important part of any assignment and when it comes to Reflective assignments then here you need to mention about the event that you experienced in the past.

You need to deal with the event briefly and introduce your readers to the incident or action that took place.

  1. Account:

No, we are not talking about bank account here but about providing a description of the event that took place. This part of the assignment is rather elaborative.

In this part of your assignment you need to focus on the problems related to the events and describe in detail about it.

  1. Cause and Effect:

Here in this part of your assignment you need deal briefly with the cause and effect of the event/incident or action that took place. In this part of your assignment you need to deal with the topic more precisely rather than elaborating it.

  1. Evaluation and Analysis:

This is considered as the most important part of your Reflective assignment as this part very precisely deals with the analysis of the whole event that took place.

Here you need to cover almost every aspect of the whole event dealing with what happened or what the event was, how you tried to resolve the event from your own perspective, what knowledge you have gained from the event that took place and what are views on it in order to move forward from it.

This part of your assignment should be written in a clear and a critical manner.

The above mentioned are the most important aspect of reflective writing. By focusing on these points of the assignment you will be able to write a perfectly critical and evaluated reflective assignment.

Always remember that the purpose of reflective writing is to evaluate ad analyze the event that took place in past in order to reach to a more fruitful alternative solution which you may use if the same problem arises in the future.

Reflective writing is a more vivid and constructive description of the events and a critical overview of the event from your own personal point of view.

After writing any kind of comprehensive part it is essential to proof read the work in order to be more confident about your assignment. As by proof reading and editing every work you are eliminating every chance of doing any mistake.

Use more appropriate words while writing any assignment so that you can express your thoughts well to your readers.  To do so you can use synonyms of words that explains your thoughts in a more thoughtful manner.

Use of appropriate language is definitely a significant area that you need to focus when it comes to reflective writing.

Write in a critical and constructive manner analyzing each step of the event that took place and portray your thoughts in detail by using personal pronouns such as “I” and “We” to showcase your thoughts by adding personal element to it.

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