Reflective writing and academic writing
Writing is an essential aspect of a student’s academic life. For one to perfect the skill of writing, they should understand the different styles of writing. In this essay, I will consider two writing techniques that are frequently used in a learning environment. Academic writing is where ideas are broken down, and there is the use of third person point of view, formal voice and deductive reasoning. On the contrary, reflective writing reveals thoughts about their experiences in life concerning the content they are learning (Rai, 2006).
Creating writing is similar to reflective writing in that both styles have a conclusion at the end. The conclusion mostly is a summary of what has been discussed in the whole essay. In other words, in the last paragraph of both academic and reflective writing essays, no new idea is introduced. Only a summary of what the composition has discussed is given. Also, many observations differentiate the two. The first difference is that the writing style used in academic writing is usually objective in that facts, measurements and observations are used to derive judgments (Coffin, Curry, Goodman, Hewings, Lillis, and Swann, 2005). On the other hand, a reflective essay is subjective, such that personal opinions, points of view and interpretations are used (Bolton, 2010). Also, because academic writing is based on a third person point of view, it has the advantage of being a result of a thinking process, hence tidily ordered. Therefore, the essay has a defined flow of ideas. On the other hand, reflective essays involve the first person ‘I’ and since the thinking process is usually done during writing, it is not tidily ordered. Because there is no steady flow of ideas, finding a flow of ideas in such essays is difficult, hence a disadvantage. The advantage of a reflective essay is that there is more focus and concentration in writing since one thinks on the spot while writing. Another difference that exists between the two is that in reflective essays, the purpose of writing is not defined and the direction of the essay is what gives the title or topic, but for academic essays, the topic is given and the purpose of writing defined from the beginning.
In conclusion, academic writing differs greatly from reflective writing. Because both styles are important in the development and creativity of a student, I think that there is a place for reflective writing in academics. Through writing reflective essays, a student can show how well they understand a particular article or paper (McGuire, Lay, and Peters, 2009).