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What is Reflective Writing?

 
Most artists keep reflective journals – recording their thoughts, feelings and ideas after each new experience.
 
An essential part of your course at CSVPA is keeping an artist’s reflective journal, or blog.  Your journal or blog is assessed both by your tutors and externally by UAL.  To pass the assessment, your journal needs to clearly show your thoughts, ideas and reflections on what you are learning.  Your EAP tutors will teach you how to write reflectively, but you will have to write in your blog during your free time as well as in EAP lessons and in the studios.  
 

What should I write?

Each blog entry should include the following:
 
  1. A short description of the activity you were doing
  2. Your thoughts and feelings about this activity
  3. Was it a positive or negative experience; and why
  4. Whether you think the outcome was successful or not; and why 
  5. What you learned from doing this
  6. What you will do next time; and why

How much should I write for each blog entry?

To show that you have reflected and analysed your work, you should aim to write around 250 words for each blog entry.
You should divide your blog entry into paragraphs:  
 
  1. Description: one short paragraph (50 words)
  2. Interpretation/Analysis: one or two long paragraphs (125 words)
  3. Outcome: one paragraph (75 words)

How is my blog assessed?

Your blog is assessed on the quality of your analysis and reflection.  If you do not show that you have analysed your experiences and thought deeply about your work, you will not pass the assessment.  Your EAP tutors will teach you reflective writing techniques and useful language to express your thoughts and ideas clearly in English.