Composing A Good Reflective Essay: Things To Know
Have you been set this assignment? Are you worrying that you don’t know what’s required of areflective essay and you’re starting to freak out? Well, you can either bury your head in the sand or you can learn what’s needed to be known and get on with it! If you choose the latter, then read on…
What is it?
Simply, a reflective essay requires you to examine your own personal experiences. You will write about something from your life and explore how you have changed or grown as a result of it.
When picking a topic, you should select something that fits the bill. Make notes about different experiences in your life (perhaps it’s your time at summer camp or maybe it’s learning to ride a bicycle…) and think about why the experience was important and in what ways you and/or your circumstances altered as a result.
Get the format right.
There may be different formats required for reflective essays depending on your course requirements. Your teacher should have already given you any additional information you need about such things, but if you’re unsure about anything (did you miss picking up a handout that everyone else has got?) then ask your teacher.
What should be included?
Your paper will begin with the introduction. This should introduce the experience you have chosen as your subject. Give your reasons for selecting it and state what the reader can hope to expect; by providing a brief outline of the paper.
Your introduction should be as clear and concise as possible. Although it’s a good idea to write a rough introduction first, so you have set out for yourself the aims and objectives of your paper and don’t blindly go into it, it’s often best to write the final version of the introduction last; this way you’ll know exactly what to include as you’ll already know what’s been covered in your paper.
The body of the paper (which will be divided into chapters) is the place to present the subject of your experience.
The conclusion will sum up the essay and conclude how you have changed as a result of that detailed in your chapters.
Plan before you write.
It’s always best to plan before you write. You should make plenty of notes and get them into order so that you know exactly what you want to include. Work out what information needs to be put where, how many chapters you need etc.
Then write a first draft.
Once you have done that, you should spend a lot of time re-reading and re-editing it. The more time you devote to polishing it, the better it will be.