A reflection

What is reflection in the university context?

Reflection is a genre in which you will be required to describe an event, experience, interaction, etc. and then think about its connection to academic content and your learning from your units. Its purpose is mainly to help you learn from previous experiences to perform better if a similar situation arises in the future.

Reflective writing is quite different from other academic writing. The main point of difference is that other academic writing asks you to be objective, while reflective writing encourages you to be subjective and self-aware. In other words, reflective writing allows you to consider and write about your own experiences, and draw on your own knowledge and learning. Successful reflective writing will make connections between your personal feelings and experiences and broader knowledge in the field.