Reflective Learning Journal Teacher Guide

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Your reflective learning journal will contribute to 30% of your final grade for this subject. The criterion for assessment is the satisfactory completion of the task, i.e. making regular entry as required. The focus of this exercise is on reflection.

Requirement for submission




Your journal will be collected in three stages, on the dates specified on the adjacent column.

Detail Guidelines

This section offers guidelines to making journal entries that are reflective and significant to you personally.

What learning experience to reflect on?

Reflect on your process of learning. Record any observations, experience, thoughts and insights that are significant to you as a learner, or even as a person.

Prompt questions for your reference:

The function of prompt questions is to stimulate your reflective thinking. You don’t need to (in fact, you are not supposed to) answer every one of them in any entry.

  • How what I have learned relates to my other experiences?

  • What implications does it have regarding my learning?

  • What difficulties have I encountered in applying my knowledge in dealing with everyday situations?

  • What would be the causes for those difficulties and how could I overcome them?

  • What has been discussed today in class? What does it mean to me?

  • What do I find difficult in understanding? Why?

  • What do I find difficult in accepting? Why?

  • Could it have been otherwise?

Sample entry

Here is a sample entry to a reflective learning journal with teacher’s comments on the right.

Acknowledgement: Special thanks to Wincy Lee of HKCC for providing the above journal entry.

What to write in the Reflective Learning Journal?

Reflective learning journal writing is very different from academic assignments that you have been writing. It is a piece of flexible, personal, informal piece of writing. If you are unsure about how to start, and how to write, don’t just scrabble something in the journal, as writing something truly “reflective” is the most important part of the process, see if our tips can give you a lift!

“I don’t know what to write!”
5 tips on what to write in a journal entry:

  • Start off with whatever in your mind about your learning experience in the course

  • Don’t just throw in events in chronological order

  • Describe the meaning of what you learnt in the course. Also, your reaction, feeling, opinions, views on both the learning process and the learnt material

  • List the goods and bads, strengths and weaknesses you consider you demonstrate in the course of your learning

  • Make advice for yourself and make plan for your learning in the near future

“Now I know what to put in the entry, but how should I write it?”
5 tips on how to write a journal entry:

  • Write in first person, as if you are writing a letter to a friend

  • There is no right or wrong answer for a journal entry. Therefore, feel free to express your ideas, opinion, and thoughts

  • Don’t hesitate to share your personal experience if that helps to illustrate your point

  • Don’t limit yourself to words – diagrams and pictures are ok too

  • Don’t be too intimidated by English rules. It’s okay to make minor grammatical mistakes if that does not interfere the transmission of ideas. So don’t put too much thoughts about how to write good English, instead spend more effort on what to write

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