How would you write a reflective essay?

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Reflective writing requires the writer to examine a prior experience or process, question what was accomplished and how it was important, identify strengths and areas for improvement, and establish goals for future performance. In fact, one could use these four elements as a basic framework for such writing. Often times, however, reflective writing based on personal experiences are told in much more of a narrative form with commentary and insight shared throughout the retelling of the experience and is often much more literary in nature. The levels of meta-cognition required to reflect and analyze upon such experiences or processes is actually much higher than many people realize.

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