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SELF-ANALYSIS ESSAY

In this Assignment, you will prepare an essay on a particular problem faced in your own experience and how it should be addressed based on your current skills, knowledge and problem-solving ability.

Use a reflective learning theory as a framework in analyzing the problem.

Review FEEDBACK FOR SELF-ANALYSIS ESSAYS PowerPoint

ESSAY GUIDELINES

Part I

Decide what case you will analyze.

Give background information.

â–ª Use your own experience (from work, school, volunteer or personal environments). The situation may have occurred recently or in the distant past.

â–ª Factually and succinctly describe the case.

Part II

â–ª Apply one of the theories of reflective learning from our course to the case.

â–ª Discuss how application of a reflective process could make for a better outcome of the problem.

â–ª Advise what one can do to handle the case; consider it as a learning experience and example for “reflective learning”

â–ª You may have intuitively used reflective thinking to handle the problem at the time good for you! Explain that process. On the other hand, looking back you now realize you could have had a better result using reflective learning processes. Analyze YOUR behaviors then and now as a reflective learner. This exercise gives you a chance to “rewind” a situation.

â–ª Note your personal development as a problem

Your Essay shall be between 3 to 5 pages (excluding cover page and reference page) and shall have the following sections:

Title page (Not included in Page Count)

Introduction

Narrative

Conclusion

Reference page (Not included in Page Count)

Formatting should include: 1″ margins, double spaced, 11 to 12 point font

Citations

â—¦ Cite the reflective learning theory used in the case study

â—¦ Use in text citations for quotes or material not your own

â—¦ APA citation style

â—¦ URLs alone are not acceptable

Once your essay is complete, upload your document into the Assignments folder.

Again, there are no right or wrong answers to this assignment. However, thoughtfulness and thoroughness do count. Please write professionally (spellcheck, good grammar, etc.)

FEEDBACK: SELFANALYSIS ESSAYS
PROVIDED BY DR. CHERE L. PEGUESSE
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
DIRECTOR, ACADEMIC SUPPORT CENTER
STRONGER WRITING
• Writes 2-3 concise paragraphs that provide some background and succinctly describe the
writer’s learning experience.
• Uses headers to guide the reader: Introduction, Narrative, Conclusion.
• Writes in a clear, straight-forward way rather than relying on lots of “big words”—words
with many syllables.
• Clearly applies ONE of the theories to the learning experience.
• Correctly cites the source.
STRONG INTRODUCTION: STUDENT EXAMPLE
• I’ve decided to analyze why it has taken me so long to get promoted. I’ve been in the
military for 23 years now and I’ve remained at my current rank (E-7) for 7 years. If you
didn’t know anything about how Air Force (AF) members were promoted, you might
naturally assume that I was a poor worker. This is far from the truth; my supervisors
made every effort to put me in jobs that were above my rank in an effort to showcase my
work ethic. This isn’t enough to get promoted though. In the AF to get promoted above
E-7 you must be able to show the “Full Person” concept.
STRONG INTRODUCTION 2
• Throughout my few weeks in my first reflective seminar course I have been challenged to
view my own experiences, analyze them and discover what I have learned from them as
well as new opportunities to learn from my past experiences. A very significant and
influential part of my life is being a camp counselor over the summers. I spend Monday
through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. leading students, organizing events, teaching and
counseling middle and high school aged kids all summer long. I have learned far more
than I could ever imagine from my past two summers on staff and many parts of serving
in this role were not what I had previously expected at all. I have taken the time to
analyze my experience and interactions from this position and applied some new
reflective learning techniques to those instances.
GOOD EXPLANATION OF A THEORY
• This experience is an example of what David Kolb defines as experiential learning.
Experiential learning is defined as experiences that you learned from or times you
experienced a new situation and you came out of the situation with a new
understanding, theory or framework related to the world. As we are learning about
David Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory, we learn about the Experiential Learning Cycle
as well. The four stages of Kolb’s Learning Cycle are concrete experience, reflective
observation of the new experience, abstract conceptualization and active
experimentation (McLeod, 2017). Effective learning is essentially seen when an
individual experiences all four stages of Experiential Learning.
GOOD EXAMPLE OF APPLYING THEORY TO EXPERIENCE
• Kolb refines reflection “into two separate learning activities, perceiving and processing”
(Kelly, 1997). I perceived my say in Liam’s choice to be limited or non-existent, and so I
processed it too quickly and emotionally. Kolb’s theory has a stage called “Abstract
Conceptualization” where we take the knowledge gained in the reflection and try to find
answers (Kelly, 1997). In retrospect, I feel that using reflection before reacting, instead of
reacting emotionally without much thought, would have been a better approach. When I
slowed down my brain for a moment, instinctively I knew he was testing the waters. And
because he was testing the waters, I still had influence over his decisions. I should have
been contemplative and rational in my response.
WEAKER WRITING
• Takes too long to get to the point.
• Leaves out specific examples and stays broad and general.
• Doesn’t follow APA guidelines. Don’t guess, ya’ll: look it up. The Purdue OWL has clear
examples of an APA paper. BTW: check this nit-picky stuff last; develop your ideas first.
• Uses vocabulary beyond the writer’s ability. Remember: Clear is Kind; Unclear is Unkind
to your reader.
• In other words, no need to hide behind “fancy” words. You are smart. Own it. Spread the
kindness☺
WAYS TO CITE SOURCES WITHIN YOUR ESSAY
• According to Kolb (1984), “reflective observation” means to pay attention to the details
of the experience so as to detect a pattern that might reveal insights about the problem
(fig. 6.4).
• “Reflective Observation” means to slow down and pay attention to your experience in
order to gain helpful insights (Kolb, 1984, fig. 6.4).
• These two examples use paraphrasing rather than direct quotes, which is helpful to your
reader because you’re putting theoretical (read dry and boring☺) stuff into your own
language.

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