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Differences between journals & essays

The following table outlines the major differences between essays and journals.

  Essay Journal
Purpose An argued response to a question Records the development of idea
Topic Response to a question; based on readings Reflection on experiences or content
Audience Lecturer Self and lecturer
Format Paragraphs (introduction, body and conclusion) No formal requirements. Variety of formats acceptable
Style Formal and impersonal: eg avoid personal pronouns such as I and we

Informal and / or informal style
Personal and subjective comments are appropriate, including use of personal pronouns

Assessment Based on coherence of argument and quality of information / evidence Based on development of insights into / on a topic


Types of reflections



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