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Writing the Reflection

Purpose of Writing the Reflective Essay

The purpose of the Reflective Essay is to provide you the opportunity to describe and document your learning and development over a period of time, as supported by evidence in your portfolio. The reflective essay is the major component of your portfolio.


Guidance for your reflective writing:

When you write your reflective essay, use your elements and other items in your portfolio as supporting documentation of your growth and learning. 

  • Graduate students, relate your learningto the CSD Grid, across the ASHA standards and graduate program objectives.
  • Undergraduate students, relate your learning to the undergraduate program objectives.


In your reflective essay, address your growth and learning in the following areas:

  • Academic Learning and the required elements:  Explain what the elements you have chosen reveal about your learning.
    • Briefly describe each element. 
    • What is important about each one? What did you learn, why does it matter, and what will you do with that new learning (i.e., build upon it, apply it to "X", etc.)?
    • If it is your Senior Year or your Grad 2nd Year, compare your elements to those you submitted last year, as evidence of your growth and learning.
  • Clinical Education:
    • Briefly describe your clinical education experiences this semester.
    • What did you learn, why does it matter, and what will you do with that new learning (i.e., build upon it, apply it to "X", etc.)?
  • Personal Growth:
    • In what ways does this portfolio represent your accomplishments? In what ways did you stretch yourself in these completing these assignments? What is new for you in these assignments? What should I notice in the portfolio that you will take away with you from this year?
    • What does your portfolio reveal about the challenges that you face as a student? Where are you still having difficulties?
    • What are some alternative viewpoints or perspectives that you now have and/or what are some changes/improvements you might make based on the experiences you have had?

In your final reflection at the end of your program, you will write a comprehensive essay comparing your current learning and growth with your performance at the start of the program.

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