Reflection papers allow you to communicate with your instructor about how a specific article, lesson, lecture, or experience shapes your understanding of class-related material. Reflection papers are personal and subjective, but they must still maintain a somewhat academic tone and must still be thoroughly and cohesively organized. Here''s what you need to know about writing an effective reflection.
A self-reflection paper differs greatly from most other academic papers you are assigned. As the writer, you are asked to write in first person, making I statements that encourage you to explore your emotions about the work you have accomplished throughout the semester. Most professors waive style requirements for self-reflection pieces, but if you must do yours in American Psychological Association, or APA, style, it is similar to writing an essay in APA style.
Write a first draft of an introduction paragraph. In three to five sentences, relate your personal life to the class. State a pivotal conclusion you drew from the class that affects the way you view or act in your own life. You explain this correlation in the coming paragraphs.