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How to Write a Reflective Essay

Writing is an integral part of academia. And even with the advent of learning gadgets such as laptops that transcend handwritten essays, students cannot escape from typing essays. It is a practice that is here to stay even in the unforeseeable future. Moreover, taking note that there are different types of essays that students will write from time to time, the big question is do you have what it takes to craft the best papers?

Well, depending on your exposure to different essay assignments, writing a reflective essay can either be easy or difficult. But first, your understanding of this type of essay is crucial. For starters, take note that a reflective essay is a type of paper students write as an examination of experiences. You have all the freedom to explore everything about your past, and most importantly, how such experiences contributed to your personality.

With the above definition, let’s now shift focus on how to write a reflective essay. Here is how to get it right:

Choose a suitable topic

Unlike predictable news headlines, reflective essays are more or less like narratives. Most importantly, the main character in these writings is the writer. A topic is, therefore, a vital step stone going forward. Topics for these types of essays often reek of creativity, hence are not plain write-ups that give would-be readers a clue on what your paper is about. Take, for example, a topic like, ‘Cycling in the Alps.’ While is obvious you are not the first person to ride a bike in the Alps, anyone reading such a topic is upbeat with expectations, especially about your experiences bicycling is such a cold place.

Map out your mind appropriately

Like with every other essay paper, students who write reflective essays must map out their minds. It means, even with the best experience about which to write, crafting the best reflection essay would be difficult if you cannot do develop a story that readers can follow easily and understand. Most importantly, mapping your mind involves putting everything into perspective using a thesis statement, around which you will develop arguments. Mapping your mind also makes it easy for you when putting down thoughts into sentences that build complete, cohesive and coherent paragraphs.

Attention-grabbing introduction

Another reflection essay writing takeaway is that your introduction should be attention-grabbing. In a school setting, reflective essay assignments involve tens or hundreds of students. It means, grabbing the attention of your would-be reader (presumably your grammar teacher) means your introduction should be attention-grabbing.

Be detailed and descriptive

Reflection essays are more or less like stories. However, without a detailed description of your experience, your paper would be boring to read. Make use of adjectives when describing your experience about cycling in the Alps.

In the end, a good reflective essay should clearly state your thoughts and experiences. Most importantly, work with a format that is acceptable by any academic standards. Lastly, keep it simple because when it comes to telling a good story, you do not need jargon to sound true.