Description and interpretation
Description (the short bit!)
We are not suggesting specific vocabulary for any descriptive elements of your reflective writing, because the range of possible events, ideas or objects is so great. Remember that if describing an idea, such as a theory or model, it is usually best to use the present tense, for example ‘Social interdependence theory recognises…’ (not ‘recognised’). Events are nearly always described using the past tense.
Interpretation (probably the most important bit)
SMILE - Reflective writing by Martin Hampton, ASK, University of Portsmouth modified by Marion Kelt, GCU is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://www.port.ac.uk/departments/studentsupport/ask/resources/handouts/writtenassignments/filetodownload,73259,en.pdf.