Writing reflections

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You may have noticed that most of your assessments have a part where you have to write a reflection.

Why?

And what should you put in it?

Why make us write reflections?

Taking the time to think about what you’ve learnt, made or practised is a really important part of the learning process.

It helps you understand what you’ve done.

It helps you see how to do things better.

It makes you think about what you’ve learnt in class, and how that applied to your practical project.

It makes you think more deeply about your own work, and how you want to make media.

It means you get a lot more out of each of your learning experiences.

How do I write a reflection?

It helps to first spend some time thinking on three separate sets of questions:

  • A description (of your project, work process, finished piece, collaboration…)
  • Analysis (of why things happened the way they did, how the project came together, why the work was successful or otherwise)
  • Plan for future action (how could I do things better next time)

Here are some questions to start your thinking

Description

  • What did I make? Was it good? Did I enjoy it?
  • How did it come together?
  • Which bits were stressful?

Analysis

  • What’s the most successful aspect of my work? Why?
  • What’s the least successful aspect of my work? Why?
  • What was the most stressful part of the project? Why did it get so stressful?
  • What did I learn by going through this process?
  • What skills did I develop? How can I apply these skills to a different area of media or my work?

Action

  • If I had to start the project again, what would I do differently?
  • How could I make my work better?
  • How could I improve my organisation or time management?
  • How could I improve collaboration?
  • How can I build my skills?
  • Are there things that I need to read/listen/watch more of to get better at this?

Give yourself time to really think about your answers to these questions.

You might find it easier to write to figure out your answers – or you might find it better to talk through your answers with one of your classmates.

Take notes as you think.

When you’ve gone through all of the questions, take a short break – then write your reflection.

I find it hard to write!

The most important part of the reflection is thinking.

If writing isn’t your strength or starting is causing you stress, here are two alternatives:

Alternative 1: Dictate your reflection.

Open up a new Google Doc.
Under Tools, select “Voice Typing”.
Say your reflection out loud.
When you’re finished, edit your document (eg add full stops), and hand it in 🙂

Alternative 2: Record your reflection.

Some people – particularly radio students – are more comfortable speaking that writing. That’s understandable!

Treat your reflection like a radio segment.
Record your reflection following the same questions, and submit an audio file instead (MP3 or WAV please).

Still stuck?

Talk to your teacher 🙂

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