As a student, writing a reflective journal offers you the opportunity to review your lessons of the day or week and speak out your own opinions about them. Reflective journals could assist you in deepening your understanding of a topic, learning more about the certain subjects so as to develop your skills with which you are able to build and support your own opinions. Here are some useful tips you could follow in writing a reflective journal.
1. To set a schedule.
A reflective journal should be much effective if you could keep it during the whole period of your class. It would be quite difficult to maintain a journal going beyond the first weeks of your class. However, if you could set a journal-writing schedule, it would often allow you to make time for entries. So you had better set an easy goal, for example, go for two entries each week and spare two days to write them out. By doing so, it would be much easier for you to stay on track.
2. To incorporate technical vocabularies.
If you have learned new terms or phrases in your course, you should remember to incorporate them in your journal. By using unfamiliar phrases, it would much helpful in better understanding of such terms and phrases so as to allow you to be at ease with them. Additionally, to write your journal with new vocabulary could assist you in cementing new words into your mind as well as improving your rate of retention.
3. To cite your own work.
When you start to write your reflective journal, you might be intended quote certain passages from a textbook or use information found on a website. You should apply these to be jumping-off points or examples to help you explore your own thought. However, you should remember to make a note of the source from which you have collected the information. Citations would help your teacher know where they come from, at the same time; you would find it much easier when you are required to revisit the journal.
4. To keep on writing.
When you first begin with your writing, you may be worried about the content of your journal or unconfident about whether you are doing it in a right direction. If you feel stressful in writing your journal, it would be somehow intimidating and difficult. Therefore, to avoid such worry, you should concentrate on writing rather than any thing else. A reflective journal should be honest and open. So you should start to focus and write your thoughts instead of waiting until you get every thing perfect.
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