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How to write a reflection?

Discussion in 'Assignments, Dissertations & Exams (Midwifery)' started by Roo, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. Roo

    Roo Well-Known Member

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    has anyone got any advice or guidance for writing a reflection? i have never done one in my life and i'm not sure how to even go about starting.....

    what tense/person does it have to be written in? it seems a bit school-like in a way -"...first we did this and then this blah blah..." that kind of thing, "and this is how i feel about it...."

    grr i hate doing new things i have had absolutely no experience of!!

    is there anywhere that has one online somewhere to read an example? (obviously it will have no bearing on what i have to do mine on but would be a great help if there is...)

    thanks peeps :)
  2. Midwifemissy

    Midwifemissy Love you Mum and Dad xx

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    Re: how to write a reflection??

    I find it helps to use a 'model' for my reflections, I have used the Gibbs model and found it easy to follow.

    Try here for some ideas. http://www.devon.gov.uk/reflectivepractice.pdf

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  3. Roo

    Roo Well-Known Member

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    Re: how to write a reflection??

    thanks for that. gonna be annoying and ask another question though - do i write it as an essay then? or do i put it under headings?

    god how dumb am i! (i'd ask my tutor but only met her once and her office is in a different campus to ours entirely!!)

    everyone else seems to know what they're doing as they have done them on access courses grr.
  4. Midwifemissy

    Midwifemissy Love you Mum and Dad xx

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    Re: how to write a reflection??

    We have to write them in essay style, that is how we were told to do them.

    You are not dumb at all, it is hard to get to grips with when you have never done them before.

    I only did one academic one last year, and am really struggling with the one I am doing at the moment, so you aren't alone in finding it hard.

    Good luck with it.
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    Roo Well-Known Member

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    Re: how to write a reflection??

    thanks so much midwifemissy.
    good luck with yours too!
    :)
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    Midwifemissy Love you Mum and Dad xx

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    You are welcome.

    Thanks hun. x
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    Re: how to write a reflection??

    Well i think as its yours, then it has to be yours if you know what i mean!
    I would go on the following points.
    What happened?
    How did it make you feel,
    What did your mentor do or not do to make you think/reflect
    What now?How will it inform your practice?
    What will you do next time to make it better for the woman/you/mentor

    Back it up with some refs.
    If you still having a prob...pm me and ill email you one of mine...I have loads...!
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    I am trying to write some reflections for my portfolio right now...am reading and reading books but it's all so wishy washy. I need a step by step, this is how you write your reflection guide! Does anyone have any links to reflection models? Such as barnett? Xxx
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    Iris RM Staff Member

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    I found the sm.net study guide very handy for this!! I hate reflection tho i must say!

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