Reflective writing differs from the more objective forms of writing you do in assignments and reports.
Reflective writing encourages you to reflect upon your own thoughts, actions and experiences as they relate to what and how you are learning.
"Learning to write reflectively will equip you with the relevant ethical and analytical ability to benefit from your practical experiences.Reflection may be articulated differently, depending on whether you are speaking or writing about your experiences."
(Howatson-Jones, L (2010). Reflecting writing. In Reflective practice in nursing. Exeter; Learning Matters p. 120-121)
A reflective journal is a personal and unstructured form of reflective writing. In a learning journal you can write about:
Why write a reflective journal?
Your journal could include reflective running notes on:
(Adapted from Gillie Bolton (2005). Reflective Practice: writing and professional development.2nd Ed.)
Guidelines for keeping a reflective diary/journal & writing up critical reflective incidents
What did I learn from the situation?
In what way has it assisted my learning to be a health practitioner?
Could the situation have been better managed?
(From: Johns (1992) & Carper (1978) in P. Palmer, S. Burns and C. Bulman, C., Reflective Practice in Nursing (1994). London. Blackwell Scientific Publications. p. 112).