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WS1006 Self in Professional Helping Guide: 6. Reflective Writing

Assignment workshop

WS1006 reflective task writing resources

As you read through your weekly readings and research for assignments... be on the look out for words, phrases and language that  builds coherence and unity to the work.

Editing and reviewing

Whatever you do, don't finish your assignment five minutes before it's due and then hand it in!

You can save yourself a lot of missed marks just by reviewing and editing with a bit of care.

How much care?

At the very least:

  • Finish the assignment the day before it's due
  • Get a good night's sleep
  • Spend the morning thinking about something else (I find planning a vacation is a great distraction)
  • Then read over your assignment again and look for mistakes at least an hour before it's due

Even better: 

  • Finish the assignment a couple of days before it is due and print it out
  • Give yourself at least a whole day (two is better) away from it before reading it again 
  • Read it out loud with a pencil in your hand to mark any corrections
  • Look for ways you could say something better as well as mistakes to fix

Much, much better:

  • Do everything listed under "Even Better" several days before it's due
  • After you've looked over it and created a new draft, give it to someone else to read (a critical friend)
  • Take all suggestions for improvement seriously (but not blindly)

The language of critical reflection

The language of critical reflection

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