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Studying Effectively: Reflective Learning & Writing

Development of Student Skills in Reflective Writing

This is an academic paper, written in 2002 and reproduced here with the kind permission of the author, Terry King of Portsmouth University.

Learning Journal

A guide from the University of Bradford on how to keep a learning journal to reflect on your personal development (for example, during a placement). 

Reflective Writing Workshop Recordings

Go to our Study Skills Workshops: Reflective Writing page to access the following bite-sized video recordings with activities:

  • Part One: Identifying the differences between reflective and descriptive writing
  • Part Two: Considering characteristics of reflective writing – what is it?
  • Part Three: Reflective learning theories and how to write reflectively
  • Part Four: Linking your reflective writing with evidence from academic sources

Video - Reflective Writing [Watch this to complete Reflective Writing Part Two workshop recording Activity 2]

Skills Team University of Hull, 2014. Reflective writing [online, video]. YouTube. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1eEPp5VSIY [Accessed 10 May 2021].

Watch this to complete Activity 2 in the Reflective Writing Part Two workshop recording.

Thinking and Writing Reflectively

A short course from the University of Hull on thinking and writing reflectively. It is divided into three sections: 

Introduction to Reflective Writing

A basic introduction to reflective writing from Portsmouth University, including a list of words and phrases to use in reflective writing. 

Useful Books