Reflections are a method that many people use to improve their ability to complete a certain task. Therapists constantly use reflective methods for this purpose, which enables more Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely (SMART) targets. To create a clear goal-directedness for both patient/owner and me the practitioner (Kreucher et al., 2006).
Writing a reflection after an event, by using the Gibbs Reflective Cycle (Gibbs and Coffey, 2000) enables me to make more of an educated decision on the outcome of an event/events (Baird et al., 1991). Reflecting has also been shown to increase academic ability (Travers et al., 2014). Meaning that I will be able to realise where I have made mistakes. Therefore, I will be able to reflect upon this so I can improve the method I will use next time.
This will be especially useful for me while I am studying at university. By using reflection methods, I am able to find the most effective revision techniques, to ensure that I am able to reach my full potential, especially, as the course progresses. By getting into the habit of reflecting on my experiences now, will make it a lot easier in the future, as it will become an ingrained habit (Wallenbert and Jonsson, 2005).
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