What is the importance of reflective writing?

What is the importance of reflective writing?

With reflective writing, you gain metacognition about your own writing, a key element in effective learning, by assessing your writing during the revision process, explaining your choices, and evaluating your writing processes. This type of writing is heavily emphasized in the General Education Program and WAC curriculums at Appalachian.

Reflection refers to the process you engage in when you look back at an activity or decision, consider what you've learned from it, and decide how you might improve on this decision in the future. It is common among professionals and organizations to establish values, goals, and future actions, and it requires honesty, self-awareness, and the ability to think critically.

Some reflective questions to consider:

  • What did I do? What is significant about it?

  • What was important about what I did? Did I meet my goals?

  • What have I learned about myself as a learner?

  • What learning tasks did I respond to most easily?

  • What learning tasks were most difficult?

  • What was the most significant thing that happened to me as a learner?

  • What learning activity was most surprising?

  • What would I do differently if I could do it again?

  • What are my plans for future learning?    

  • How well did I do? What worked? What do I need to improve?

  • When have I done this kind of work before? Where could I use this again?

  • What do I do well when I write?  What do I struggle with?

  • What process do I go through to write a paper, from idea to final draft?

  • Who/ what was helpful about the feedback?

    • What could have been better about it?
    • What class activity or project helped me learn the most? Why?
    • Which activity was the least helpful?  Why?
    • Has the portfolio helped me improve as a writer?  Why or why not?
    • What lesson(s) from this class am I likely to use in the future?
    • What did I learn about myself as a writer in this class?

(The questions above have been compiled from John Zubizarreta, Kathleen Yancey, and other sources.)

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Boone, NC 28608-2033

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