What is reflective writing?

Getting started with reflective writing is not always an easy thing to do. This is because reflective writing asks you to be reflective rather than just writing about something that has already happened. The reflective process of reflective writing requires thinking, analysing, and evaluating what has occurred. But it also follows that reflective writing is not only a skill but can also be applied in many different aspects of life beyond the simple act of producing written records for later reflection.

So how do you begin with reflective writing? Well, it’s part of any good content strategy. The first thing you need to understand is it’s purpose or aim. Reflective writing is one of the best ways of improving your writing skills (and it’s easy, too).

What is Reflective writing?

Reflective writings allows you to see what areas in your essay could be improved. It is also a way for teachers to give you feedback on how you can improve your essay. Any type of article or composition can be reflective; a reflective article, reflective essays and reflective speeches are all types of reflective writings that exist.  

In this guide we will look at some examples for different types of reflective articles to help get ideas flowing as well as look at an example of reflective essay. We will then finish by looking at the structure of a reflective speech and how it forms part of your reflective article, reflective essay and reflective speech.

We will look at reflective articles in this section; reflective essay is a reflective article which contains an introduction, body paragraphs as well as an ending.  

As we said above reflective writings can be any article type; reflective magazine articles, reflective newspaper articles or reflective book reviews are all examples of what could be included under the umbrella term ‘reflective writing’.

Article structure for reflective writing

In terms of structure; whether it’s a reflective magazine article (like the one below), a reflective newspaper article or indeed another kind of articles for your website reflective writing should have the following parts: reflective writing introduction reflective writing body reflective writing conclusion reflective writing reference reflective essay introduction reflective essay body reflective essay conclusions

Building on the theme of technology in schools, this writer for The Guardian discusses how her teacher is able to use YouTube and other sophisticated technical means (like Skype) to teach her English course. She describes how he uses technologies that she would not normally associate with schoolwork (such as PowerPoint presentations!) and shows that it does make lessons more interesting, and can indeed help you learn.

This is a creative form which allows students of all ages to express themselves freely and in their own words without any restrictions or limitation. This resource is very useful for the teachers because reflective writing is a kind of self-reflective practice as it allows students to look back at their past written work and improve on them to make better essays in the future. Teachers can use reflective writing activities to guide their students into taking responsibility for their learning.

Many pupils benefit from reflective writing, especially those involved in interdisciplinary study, whereby they may be required to write about various academic disciplines that are not always familiar or relevant to them, but which can broaden their horizons if they reflect on the subject content learned during independent study.

Reflective journals

The reflective journal can also be used as a means towards building resilience within the pupil (teaching through adversity). It offers an opportunity for teacher’s to give individual feedback towards improvement of their lifestyle, which in turn, aids reflective skills for self-development and progression.  

The reflective essay is especially useful in many disciplines; such as business studies, law, politics and languages.  This reflective process can contribute to improvement of the pupil’s understanding by showing them how they already apply their learning at work or within society and it also enables them to find ways in which they can improve upon their own performance.


All in all, reflective writing is definitely a useful process for teachers and pupils to share their learning in order to encourage reflective processes of thought. The reflective essay can be a useful tool towards self-development that helps pupils progress into the future by helping them reflect upon themselves, what they have done and how they can improve.

Reflective writing is very important; it aids teaching by allowing reflective skills for self-development as well as progression to further understanding and knowledge. Students are able to learn from their past mistakes and apply these reflective errors within their reflective writing which will help them develop into better students with further learning throughout school or college. It allows students to use critical thinking on a daily basis.