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The Complete Instruction On Writing A Reflective Essay


So, let me guess: you’re bored of writing comparative essays, research papers and all sorts of other assignments that rely on a balanced and well-researched manner. Well, if so, writing a reflective essay could be a lot of fun.

If you don’t know what the purpose of this essay is, or how to go about writing one, here’s complete instruction to help you on your way:

  • A reflective essay requires you to write about a personal experience that helped to develop you. You should detail the experience and describe how you changed as a result of it.

  • Spend some time thinking about different times in your life that you could explore. Examples could include: competing in a Spelling Bee contest, breaking a leg when playing football, learning chess, winning a talent competition, scoring a goal in a soccer match…

  • The main body of your reflective essay should contain one or more chapters where you explore and describe your experiences and how you changed as a result of them.

  • Select your vocabulary and style carefully. You want to engage your reader.

  • The conclusion should summarize the main points of the experiences described in the chapters, summarize how you developed as a result, and end by suggesting how you may continue to grow from the experience in the future.

  • The introduction is best written last. That way, you will already have your essay in hand and know exactly what you need to include. You should begin by introducing the broad topic –such as the subject of the specific talent contest; before then narrowing it down to your particular place amongst it- in this case, entering and winning it. You should then briefly mention how you changed as a result and give a succinct overview of what the reader can expect to find in the forthcoming pages.

  • A good instruction to give is: before you even begin writing, you should create an overview map of what you want to include. Make notes of specific points you want to mention, and how and why each one changed you. Pick out what you want to include and exclude and work out what is going where. The more time you spend planning your essay, the better it will be.

  • Writing a first draft should now become simpler. Simply follow all of the above.

  • The final instruction is this: if you think your work’s now complete, think again. It doesn’t stop there. After your first draft, it’s time to re-read and edit. Pay attention to every detail and change things accordingly. Keep re-reading it (however many times it takes!) until you’re 100% satisfied with it. Only then will your project be complete.
 

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