Reflection IT and Library Services

What is reflection and why is it important?

Reflection is a form of personal response to experiences, situations, events or new information. When you reflect upon an experience, you analyse and make judgements about what has happened.

Reflective thinking can help you to relate new knowledge to prior understanding by recognising connections between what you already know and what you are learning.

There are a number of questions that reflection can help you explore, such as: 

  • What kind of learner you are
  • What your learning experiences mean to you
  • What you already know
  • What you need to know
  • How you feel about an experience
  • What an experience has meant to you
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses
  • How you can transfer your learning to other situations

Reflecting on your experiences can add value to your portfolio. A portfolio without reflection might be the equivalent of a CV, scrapbook or website, but reflecting on your work provides evidence of the learning experience that you are on. 

Think also about your audience - the group(s) of people that you are sharing your thoughts with. In your e-Portfolio you might write about how you feel about a learning experience, an this in turn provides people you have allowed to see parts of your e-Portfolio with a better understanding of who you are.