Write a two- to three-page reflection paper.
- Discuss what you have learned during the class and how it will assist you in achieving further academic and work related goals.
Three Sample Student Reflection Papers
Sample Student Reflection Paper 1
(loved online learning)
How Distance Learning Has Switched My Life
This course has helped me overcome my fear of technology. I was unassured of myself at very first, but I quickly became used to using e-mail, bulletin boards, and talk rooms.
I have learned how to do Internet research. I had never used the Internet for research before. I always went to the library and looked everything up in the card file. The search engines on the Internet are swifter than looking things up by hand. The search engines even let the researcher search for articles containing key words that are related to the subject being researched. Just a few years ago, a person would have had to scan an article or book themselves to see if it related to their topic. I have noticed that not all search engines are created equal. Yahoo and Lycos are my favorites. To get a broad range of information on a topic, it is best to use more than one search engine.
From taking this class, I have learned that my preferred learning style is visual. I learn best from reading the material and eyeing charts and graphics. If I am hesitant on the spelling of a word, I write it down several different ways and choose the one that looks right. I am blessed this is my learning style, because on-line classes are almost exclusively visual.
From the temperament sorter, I learned I was a guardian sj. I have always been goal-oriented and have usually known what I want out of life. I also want to fit in with a group. I feel that I have accomplished this with this class. We all want to improve our lives, and hopefully our paychecks. Guardians, besides wanting to fit in, are always searching for security. I am a bit insecure, but am attempting to become more self-confident.
Another aspect of my temperament is that I am an “ISFJ.” That means I am introverted, sensing, feeling, and judging. The article stated that ISFJ’s are “characterized above all by their desire to serve others, their need to be needed.” That is exactly like me. I never thought of myself as that way, but I am. I also seem to be taken advantage of a lot. I think that is because I want people to like me so much that I will give in in order to feel like I am accepted and desired. People can lightly take advantage of someone like me. This skill of myself will help me in the future. I will think twice before providing too much of myself. I will question the other person’s motivation.
I can relate to the fact that ISFJ’s are often “harried and awkward in supervisory roles.” I was a retail store manager for three pitiful years. I spent most of my time attempting to get my employees to work. I never seemed to have enough time to get my own work done. I wasn’t rock hard enough to be a boss. I did fine when it came down to doing my own work. I just couldn’t motivate my employees. The part about traditional careers for ISFJ’s included training, which I found interesting. I have considered training at some point in my career. It might be a good choice for me.
This course has helped me to know myself better. It has trained me abilities I will take with me to my future courses. I will know how to collect research, contact people through e-mail, and will be able to order books on-line. I have already used my research abilities to help myself with my accounting class. I went to Yahoo and searched for accounting tutorials. There were several tutorials that were very helpful in my studies. In future courses, if I have questions, the Web has a vast amount of resources I can tap into.
This class will help me in my work-related goals as well. I have visited monster.com and set up an account. After I graduate, I will post my resume on-line and will hopefully get a job suggest or an interview. I may be able to find my wish job without leaving my house. That is amazing to me.
Now that I have this class (almost) behind me, I am considering injecting the master’s degree program. I have found that I like on-line learning, and I know that I can achieve my goals if I work hard enough.
My strengths in the distance learning format is my capability to set goals and be disciplined enough to reach those goals by the deadline. I kept a petite notebook and wrote down each day what I needed to do in each class. I also attempted to break down longer tasks into smaller lumps. I attempted to do something every day to reach the objective. This class compelled me to become organized. Being able to organize will help me in everything I do in college and at work.
One of my weaknesses is my shyness. I have partially overcome this weakness because of the on-line format. I did not feel as self-conscious, because nobody would see me, and would not judge me because of my looks. I could be myself. This has helped me become more certain. I have found it lighter to speak up in my traditional classes and to speak with my classmates. I will be able to use this newfound confidence to do better in college and in finding a better job.
Another weakness I have is being afraid to ask for help. As this course progressed, however, I overcame that timidness. I realized that in the working world, everyone helps each other out if a co-worker has a problem. Also, working in teams is significant in many jobs. The team project helped me to learn how to be a part of a team. That skill will help me immensely if I get a job at a bank or investment stiff, which is my aim.
I have liked this class because it opened my eyes to who I truly am as a person. I have learned about my preferred learning style, which is visual. I have become more certain and goal-oriented. My organizational abilities have improved greatly. I am looking forward to the rest of my college practice, and to the working world beyond.
Sample Student Reflection Paper Two
(had difficulty with online learning)
In the following paper I will discuss what I have learned during this introductory class to online learning. I will also touch on how I have attempted to overcome my weaknesses with online learning.
The largest thing I have learned from this class is that I don’t think I would be a fine online learner. I am a more one-on-one person who likes to see people and talk with people. I like to see facial expressions from people when talking with them and this proved to be a very difficult course for me. Originally going into this I thought I would love it and this might prove to be a way for me to accomplish my master’s degree. I took this course for two reasons; one because I was required to by my employer because of our latest agreement with Franklin and two, because I truly wished to know what online learning is about. I am glad I took the course but I don’t know that I could take another one. It would have to be something I thought about for a long time before making that decision.
Even tho’ I did have a lot of difficulty with this course I did love the talk room. I had never been in one before and it was joy but could be a little frustrating. I was always attempting to type quickly to react to one person and someone would usually get in before me and put a totally different thought up that might make our talk look a little confusing. But I liked it, and I think it is a superb asset to online learning. I also think the bulletin board is a good contraption to use for an online course. It was nice to post a message and have someone react.
I think my strength in this course was that I am very comfy with the computer and had no fears with learning fresh things. My difficulties were not watching others and not having that one-on-one contact. Ways I attempted to overcome that were emailing others in the class and getting to know them better. I also attempted to react to things on the bulletin board. As far as being a visual or kinesthetic learner I printed all correspondence off of the computer and filed it into certain files. I then would review everything and make notes.
I think this class was for the most part organized. I took a Web-based class at XXXXX my senior year and it was very unorganized. In that class my instructor infrequently put things on the bulletin board for us and we infrequently had any assignments and I feel it was a waste of my money. However, in this class the assignments were all posted and listed in superb detail which I truly loved. Plus I think we all used the bulletin board well and that helped me feel like I was not alone in this class. I think Internet learning will become more of the norm as time moves on and possibly I will learn to adapt to it better.
Sample Student Reflection Paper Three
(learned technology and about self)
I have learned about technology through the Advance Online Learning Strategy class, PF282-G4CC, but I have also learned about what defines a learning community and how to successfully participate in one.
Through the various assignments, I have mastered the use of technology as never before. I have learned to communicate through e-mail to my instructor and classmates. I have learned to use the online library to access various research articles. I have learned how to use the Internet and to use various search engines as vehicles for research, and how to evaluate the quality of the material I had gathered. In addition, I learned to create my own Web page and post it on the Internet. The class Bulletin Board was also a fresh learning practice for me, as was participating in the Talk Room. Both of these modes of communication enabled me to see how a person can indeed get to know someone without ever meeting face to face. Something I once doubted. What was particularly interesting for me was the Electronic Editing assignment. It was there that I learned how one must understand the original purpose of a document before one can edit it. Otherwise, the meaning can become somewhat altered from the original intent. These different forms of technical communication permitted me to participate by interacting with my class and instructor—in what I now define as a learning community.
Prior to this class, I had never thought of education as a learning community. I had heard of the term before, but not in the same context as I have come to understand it in these last few weeks. I now believe that learning should be a voluntary act, and that instructing should be a response to that act—not a cargo, not a one-person showcase. Most likely the most significant aspect of this distance online class has been learning about what defines a learning community and how it differs from a traditional classroom. Not only does this environment place the impetus to learn on the student, it also offers students the plasticity they need to participate in their own education at their own rhythm. Many times across this past semester I had work-related problems and could not participate every day at a certain time. I participated, but when it was convenient for me to do so. In other words, to borrow a fresh term, I learned that learning can be both asynchronous and synchronous. Some of the time my learning took place on my own and then at other times with the class. In fact, I noticed that all of the elements that are crucial in accomplishing work-related goals are also present in this learning environment. For example, collaboration was necessary at certain times during this distance learning class, just as it is in the workplace. I couldn’t always “do it alone,” just as I cannot always do it alone on my job.
As I reflect upon on my strengths and weaknesses as related to this course, I think that the old telling about how my “greatest weakness became my greatest strength” applies here. One of the problems I very first encountered in this class was not being able to get an instantaneous response when I was having difficulty with something. In a traditional classroom the teacher is always physically present, so if there is an instant need he or she is usually instantaneously accessible in one way or another (in class or during office hours). This problem, however, turned around as I little by little learned to dig deeper and investigate further for my own answers. I also learned to rely on my learning community (classmates), too. In the beginning of the semester there was an adjustment period, but as the semester progressed and as I began to work with the system, I learned to be less dependent on the instructor and more dependent on me. I think this was a good learning practice. Sometimes teachers response far too many questions lightly when they need to let the student search for their own response. As a distance-learning student, I found that it was significant to work independently to find solutions to problems. This is where my critical thinking abilities came in handy. I don’t mean to disregard the need for the learning community, but being an independent learner enables a student to be a better member of that learning community. So, to summarize, my greatest weakness—the inability to access information instantly—became my greatest strength—my capability to become an independent learner and achiever.
In closing, I would like to add that I have indeed loved the practice of this class. It has been good for me to learn first-hand what this distance learning is all about. Thank you for your help and patience.
End of Course Reflection Paper Assignment
Write a two- to three-page reflection paper.