The first stage of Gibbs's model of reflection requires a description of events. This stage demands the person to put the experience back together and also identify the main process occurring within the experience (Geisler, 2003). During the semester, I was asked to do literature review. At that time I was totally unaware about literature review. According to Hart (2005) literature review is a process of reading, analyzing, evaluating and summarizing scholarly materials about a specific topic. Since literature review was a new topic for me, initially, I found it very difficult. Additionally, after the first summative feedback I found referencing and academic writing style also was the real matter of concern. The challenges facing international students in today’s academic environments across the secondary, tertiary, graduate and postgraduate levels is growing (Oxbridge researcher, 2010)
I am now going to enter the second stage of the Gibbs (1988) model of reflection, which is a discussion about my thoughts and feelings. Before my first submission, I was really confident about my topic and writing skills. However, after feedback I have become, depressed and lost. Due to the lack of understanding, I was upset with the entire marking system. At the some point I had many doubts about successful completion of course. Students may have negative outlooks about the university life and course, due to low grades which they obtain in their initial stages of the studies (Oxbridge researchers, 2010).