How to Write a Student Course Reflection Paper

A reflective essay on a course is a personal reflection on how the course affected the student. Reflective essays analyse the course material theories, core concepts and ideas presented by the instructor and then summarises the writer's feelings about the material. A reflective essay, like all essays, should include an introduction, a body and the conclusion.

Introduce the reader to the course with a summary of the material covered by the course. Describe the method of instruction and the major topics covered. Tell the reader why you took the course and what educational benefits you expected from the course.

Identify the theories and core concepts that were presented during the course. Explain each theory or concept in your own words to demonstrate your understanding of the material.

Describe your feelings about the theories and concepts presented in the course and then analyse them by applying the concepts and theories to real life experiences, if possible. Tell the reader about your feelings on the subject of the course, and describe how and why (or why not) your feelings about the subject, theories and core concepts changed or developed during the course.

Conclude the reflective paper with a summary of your feelings about the course material in the beginning of the course. Summarise your feelings after the course was completed. State how the course helped or did not help you.


Include personal experiences if relevant to how the course changed or influenced your thinking on the subject matter of the course. Use a computer word processor with spell checker and grammar checker enabled to help you avoid common spelling and grammar errors. Use the course syllabus to help you organise your thoughts on the course.


Do not write run-on sentences. Confine each sentence to one idea if possible. Avoid addressing more than one idea, theory or concept per paragraph. Do not pay a service to write a reflective essay for you. Only you can write your own feelings about a course.

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Robin Reichert is a certified nutrition consultant, certified personal trainer and professional writer. She has been studying health and fitness issues for more than 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health from Clayton College.