Reflecting on experience
A range of models that can be used to prompt and structure reflection on experience.
Using reflective models is one of the easiest ways to engage with the reflective process. The ones highlighted below will support you with structure, guidance and questions. Your use of these models might change depending of why you are doing reflection:
- Private reflections can take on any form and language you want. You can be as creative or structured as you want as long as you ensure you go through the reflective process of self-questioning.
- Reflection for an assignment often requires a particular language and structure. You should therefore always follow the guidelines provided by the staff who assess the assignment. Moreover, here you might want to keep somethings private – that’s okay. You should never share something you are not comfortable with.
More information about the different places reflection may happen and how to produce reflections for assignments can be found on:
Producing reflections (within Reflectors’ Toolkit)
The last thing to consider is that viewing the reflective process as a structured model is just one approach; you might prefer to reflect freely with no structure. In that case see:
Free-form reflection (within Reflectors’ Toolkit)