Reflective Essay

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Introduction

People often spend at least few minutes every day before the mirror.
Why do you stand before a mirror? What do you see when you look at the mirror? 'You', right?
Technically speaking we stand before a mirror to analyze ourselves by looking at our own reflection in the mirror.

The same can be said about the reflective compositions. A reflective composition is the result of introspection into past experiences or memorable events in our lives.
We introspect into these memorable events and reflect over them with regards the emotions and influences they have left in our lives.
In simple words a reflective essay is a piece of ‘you’ being presented in words.

What is Reflection?
In a reflective composition you really need to
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It analyzes and shows the reader the significance of a particular event or experience and its credibility and universal application.
Synthesis
A reflective essay expresses how do the components of your experience relate or react in the given situation, how similar experiences and interactions introduced changes in your outlook, what have you learned from your experience etc.
Evaluation
A reflective essay should evaluate your experience. It shows your attitude towards the subject, your degree of subjectivity, how it affected you, what you accept or reject, how the experience will help you to perceive or act differently in the future etc.
IT IS PURPOSEFUL
A reflective essay is not merely scribbling some thoughts that come up in your mind. It has a definitive purpose that you want to accomplish - to learn, to improve, to demonstrate an insight through your essay.
IT IS FORMAL
Of course, a reflective essay is personal, reflective and based on experience and observations but at the same time the style of presentation should be standardized. One has to use the standard format for preparing a reflective essay.
STRUCTURE OF A REFLECTIVE ESSAY
A reflective essay is a form of writing that examines and observes the individual experience. When writing a reflective essay, it is important to use descriptive language.
Reflective essays are based upon your own experiences, so it is expected that you write about yourself, your ideas and your opinions. As a result, it is

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