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Studying Online: Reflective Learning & Writing


Some assignments require you to write a reflective account of an experience. The resources below will help you develop your skills in this important area of learning.

Development of Student Skills in Reflective Writing

This is an academic paper 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

This workshop is suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate students and includes:

  • How to identify the differences between descriptive and reflective writing
  • How to describe the main characteristics and rules of reflective writing
  • Understanding how to apply your learning context to your reflective work

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