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Writing a Personal Reflective Essay In this type of writing, your purpose is to engage your reader with more than just a re-telling of a story. You must reflect on your experience and really outline how you have changed as a person and how your life has been affected or impacted. Personal Writing This is writing about something that has happened in your life and has really impacted on you for good or bad. Something that has changed your life — birth, death, illness or an issue. Something that really annoys you — racism, bigotry or social inequalities.
You will be writing about your memories of an event or experience which you had significant feelings about before, during and afterwards. You are not re-telling the story. Reflection This is perhaps the more difficult segment. When reflecting you really need to think about yourself and how the personal experience changed you.
What have you learned about yourself? Statements such as: «Looking back», «I can see now» can all start the reflective thinking process. A reflective essay: Explores some aspect of the world. Discusses how you think it has affected the person you are today. SQA English Scottish Qualifications Authority Intermediate 2 English resources. Education Scotland A collection of resources from Education Scotland to help you prepare for your exams. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.