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WEBD 495 Web Development Capstone

Educational Uses of Reflection Papers


  • Provides an instructor with feedback, inlcuding where gaps in learning may be occuring.
  • Allows students to critique their own work or group work.
  • Demonstrates preparedness for class, knowledge of and opinions on a concepts, and understanding of a process or set of actions.


  • Allows students to organize thoughts on paper.
  • Provides a medium for students to explore ideas that may not normally be covered in the scope of a class.
  • Provides an opportunity for students to voice opinions or thoughts they may not be willing to express verbally.

Steps for Writing Effective Reflection Papers-Lynchburg College

Steps for Writing Effective Reflection Papers

1. Focus your feelings. Before writing a reflection paper, the writer needs to +decide what it is that he or she going to write about. By establishing a theme, the writer will be able to write in a clear and concise manner.

2. Be organized. Being organized will allow the writer to write in a clear, concise, and cogent manner. As with other papers, use the paragraphs and structure of your paper to correspond with your theme and major points. *A reflection paper is not a random free-flow of ideas. It needs to grab the interest of the reader and present ideas in a clear, concise, and cogent manner.*

3. Develop observations and feelings. Observations and feelings are an essential component of a reflection paper; however, in order for these components to be properly conveyed by the writer, they must be developed. Identify specific aspects or components of the situation that has been observed. State what it is that you have learned. This will give relevance to the observation and your feelings, as well as, help the reader better understand your point of view.

4. Relate ideas and link the information together form the writer's personal experience. Relate relevant information from classroom learning to the experience. Use key phrases, such as "for example," "as a result of," "another idea that supports my view is," "an opposite view is," and "a different perspective is," are all good transitional phrases that signal the introduction of specifics as well as shifts in the argument.

Reflection Writing Books

Lynchburg College's Tips on Writing Reflection Papers

What is a reflection paper?
Reflection papers and assignments are designed to reinforce what has been learned through lectures, discussions, and activities presented in class and in the readings. Most reflection papers are two-three pages in length. In addition, they are often about personal reactions and thoughts; they should not be done in collaboration with other students unless directed to do so by the instructor

How do I write an effective reflection paper?
Remember that the rules of writing apply to papers about your thoughts and feelings. Although you are writing about a personal experience, this does not allow you to use a free-form of writing. 

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