Reflect

Being true to yourself while considering how you come across to others

Good reflective writing is about reviewing what you’ve accomplished and projecting value. Some students shy away from reflection, either out of unfamiliarity or because they hesitate to make private reflections public; yet reflective writing is standard and natural to most online portfolios. Smart students realize that the portfolio is the safest place for reflective writing. It’s inappropriate to make subjective, personal comments in a technical paper, CV, or cover letter, while it makes perfect sense in a portfolio. In an eportfolio, you have the space and opportunity to share your thoughts on everything from your personal passions to discussing how you performed in a particular course. The rules for reflection are flexible, but they do exist.

Be selective about where the reflection occurs, and how much of it you use. Don't reflect about coursework on your downloadable CV. Trying to reflect on every single course you’ve taken would be overwhelming both for you and your reader. However, creating a page that summarizes your experience and reflecting briefly on the value of each as you describe it makes perfect sense. (“I valued this job because it taught me how to analyze the network configuration needs of a small business" or “This class taught me to use cascading style sheets - something I will apply to my future web designs.”).