Steps for Writing a Self Reflection Paper

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Steps for Writing a Self Reflection Paper
Teachers use self-reflection papers to evaluate the effectiveness of course materials. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

The purpose of a self-reflection paper is to help students develop analytical skills and to meditate on what they have learnt during the course and how the material has affected them personally. Teachers often use these assignments to help gauge the effectiveness of the methods they use to teach students and to evaluate the effectiveness of course materials. Writing a self-reflection may seem intimidating, but these types of papers are fairly simple to write.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Start your self-reflection paper with an introductory paragraph. This introduction should help set the stage for the reader and should contain the main point of the paper. This would be a good paragraph in which to include information about how the class and the material impacted your life, whether it reinforced your current views or caused you to change your way of thinking.

  2. 2

    Write up a paragraph or two about the impact the professor, classroom discussions or the textbook material had on you during the course. If your opinions on different subjects changed due to these factors be sure to provide your previous opinion and explain why you changed your stance.

  3. 3

    Describe a moment during the class that was the most eye-opening for you. One example would be if during a class lecture a teacher used a specific story or analogy to help explain the material that made the lesson really clear for you. Reflect on how you felt when you finally understood the lesson and how that lesson might have impacted the way you think.

  4. 4

    Write a paragraph explaining how the information from the class has impacted the way you will think, act and feel in the future long after the class is over. You may want to include how this class has changed how you approach other subjects and classes.

  5. 5

    Give feedback in your paper and share your opinions and ideas about how the class might be improved. Share what you liked about the class and what material helped you learn the most. Finish the paper by writing a conclusion that summarises the main points of the paper.

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