Step 1: Before you start
Look at the assignment brief and marking criteria, and any relevant examples tutors have shown you.
Step 2: During the experience
Log details of what happened each day/week in a journal. Include facts and your response to the situations. Problem solve as you go. If you come up across difficulties, try to resolve them with the help of people or study material.
Step 3: After the experience
Stand back to gain some perspective, either with the help of tutors and friends or through further reading and reflecting. Allow some time for you to process events and see the bigger picture.
Step 4: Writing
Plan your writing: Select key moments which will illustrate your learning and development. You can‘t include everything, but try to address successes and failures you can learn from.
Draft your reflection: write up your experience, focusing on why things happened. Don’t hide your identity or experience.
Redraft: Add and remove elements to clearly focus on your central learning from the experience.
What should reflective writing look like?