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Reflection - reflective thinking and writing - is an important part of university life and work. As Plato said, 'The life without examination is no life.' The ability to reflect on your experience and knowledge, and use that to make improvements, is a key part of your university-level thinking and your subsequent working life.

How to write reflectively


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Creating a piece of reflective writing is different from other academic writing as it is more personal and you are writing about your experiences.

The table below lists the differences between reflective and academic writing.

Reflective writing Academic writing
Personal account Impersonal account
Consider your personal views Consider the views of others
First person Third person
Contemplates Argues and justifies
Finds solutions to problems Compares and contrasts

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