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Theology 131/ Mariles A. Borja/ 1st Semester, SY 2012-2013

A. Tips on Writing A Good Reflection FOR THE RECOLLECTION

The great philosopher Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." Through the reflection paper, one will be tasked to examine where one is in his/her life and apply truths discussed in class to his/her own life.

1. Follow instructions.

Make sure that you are answering what is being asked of you, and not other things. So focus on the guide question/s. However, do not do a question-and-answer type of reflection. (Reflections like that don't flow, and aren't really reflections.)

2. Reflect.

Really take time to search out your life and find the connection of the topic to you. You will benefit more from the reflection if you spend more than a day thinking about the topic and how it relates to your life. Your reflection paper is the product of much reflection, thinking and re-thinking.

4. Get personal.

Write in the first person singular. (Use I, me, my.) Don’t sound preachy (We should, you should, they should….) but speak only from your OWN personal experience. Share ONE concrete personal experience ABOUT yourself, on the topic. It has to be specific. (concrete time and place). “When I was a child….” OR “Last semester, my boyfriend broke up with me.” The more personal and concrete, the better. No to generalities. Remember that everything that is shared in the reflection paper is sacred because you are sharing a part of yourself. MAB is in no position to share the information with anyone as it is confidential.

5. Speak from the heart.

This is a reflection paper and not a reaction paper. A lot of people get the two confused. A reaction paper is one that asks you to comment on the idea using your opinion and judgment. It is a purely intellectual exercise. A reflection paper comes from the heart. It’s about YOUR feelings and YOUR person. It is the product...