How to Write a Self-Reflection Paper for High School

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How to Write a Self-Reflection Paper for High School
Students are encouraged to write a self reflective essay on their own and not as a collaboration with other students. (Jetta Productions/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Students write reflection essays to describe their thoughts, experiences and reactions regarding an event. Teachers often have students write such essays after studying a specific topic or subject or after completing a project in which they can share their personal views. The length can vary depending on your teacher's criteria, but a reflection essay is typically two to three pages. Reflection essays should not be written in free-form. High school students should adhere to a structure.

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  1. 1

    Think of a theme for the paper. This will help you write a clear and concise essay. For example, if you are writing about what you learnt while working in a group, consider writing about how easy or difficult it was to work with others.

  2. 2

    Write an opening sentence that summarises what the essay will be about. This is called your topic sentence. Finish the paragraph by outlining the three major points you will write about. For example, if writing about working in a group, you may want to write about how difficult it was to agree on ideas, how you compiled your thoughts collectively and what you learnt as a result.

  3. 3

    Write focused body paragraphs. Each paragraph should be at least five sentences long. Each body paragraph should be about one topic. For example, if writing about working in a group, one paragraph should explain why you have difficulty agreeing on ideas while the other paragraphs outline how you went about deciding on ideas and the final body paragraph explains what you learnt. Be sure to include your thoughts and feelings in every paragraph since it is a reflective essay. You are reflecting on your experience.

  4. 4

    Summarise the experience in a closing paragraph. Explain what you got out of the experience in the final paragraph. This paragraph should be at least four sentences long.

  5. 5

    Proofread, looking for grammatical and punctuation errors.

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