Reflective documents allow the student to engage in dialogue with the teacher about what lessons, lectures, and classes that best shape their understanding of the subject. Despite the fact that such documents are subjective and very personal, we should not forget that this document is academic, and therefore it should be carefully structured.
How to make a reflective document?
composed structure can be achieved by following the simple points of our plan:
1. Designation of the main topics.
– summarize the lesson, lecture, or experience in several sentences in your notes. They must be descriptive, and at the same time straight to the point.
– write down what stands out in your memory, think also about why this happens. For lectures, it is acceptable to insert short quotations or summarize excerpts. For the experience, it would be appropriate to briefly describe the story of the event that takes place during the discussion.
– In order to properly direct the answer, you should ask yourself questions. If you want to understand your feelings and accurately determine the answer, then you need to try to ask yourself questions about how, for example, this lecture relates specifically to you.
2. Body Tips
– brevity is your best friend
– standard length from 300 to 700 words
– if the teacher requires a large length – follow his instructions
– in the introduction to the article, you need to identify your initial expectations from reading, discussion or lecture. At the end of the introduction, there should be one sentence that briefly explains whether your expectations were met.
– it is allowed to structure the thesis, thinking in the direction: “I learned from this lecture/discussion…”
– any conclusion needs to be explained. It is necessary to provide information about how you came to him, using logic and specific details.
– the conclusion should briefly describe the general lesson or feeling that you received after the lecture or discussion. The general conclusion of the work must be supported by conclusions. Some may contradict, but most must repeat the final conclusion.
– Expand wisely. Since the reflecting document is a rather personal work, it is worth thinking a few times before including any information about yourself and your impressions. Make sure it is correct. If a certain problem is unavoidable, and you are not alone in revealing personal experience or feelings towards it, it is allowed to describe the problem in general terms.
– maintaining academic tone is very important
– a reflective document is one of the few academic works in which you can easily use the pronoun “I” in the first person.
– avoid slang phrases
– after the end of the work is worth a couple of times to check the grammar and spelling