SAMPLE REFLECTION QUESTIONS
Reflection may take place before, during, and after the service activity. Below are sample questions to help guide the reflection process.
- What do you expect to experience at the service site?
- What do you think is expected of you during this service experience?
- What do you expect to gain from this experience?
- What do you expect will be the impact of this activity on the service recipients?
- What do you think about the problem that you will address through this service activity?
- What do you think about the way the problem is currently being addressed?
- What do you think about the population being served by this activity?
During the Service
- Are you doing what you thought you would be doing? (If not, why?)
- Are your expectations about the activity being met?
- Are your expectations about the community organization being met?
- What is going right?
- What is not going right? How can it be fixed?
- Do you think service recipients are benefiting from this service?
- Do you think the activity is meaningful and worthwhile?
- Do you want to continue with the project or quit? Why?
- Did you learn anything from this experience?
- What did you learn from this experience?
- Were your expectations about the service met?
- Was the community problem addressed through your service?
- Were the goals and objectives of the project accomplished?
- How have your views about the problem changed?
- How have your views about the population you served changed?
- What do you think about the way policymakers or those in positions to effect change are addressing this problem?
- What were the benefits from participating in this service activity?
- Has this experience changed you? If yes, how?
- Would you do this again? Why?
- What are the most important points you take with you from this experience?
- Do you think you will continue to be involved in service?
TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL REFLECTION SESSION
To be effective, a reflection should:
- Be led by an enthusiastic, creative, and nonjudgmental facilitator
- Purposely link the service experience to learning objectives
- Be outcome-based
- Have sufficient time for discussion/writing/presenting to make the activity meaningful
- Be appropriate for the group (age, skill levels, culturally sensitive, etc.)
- Engage all participants
- Be conducted in an environment in which participants feel safe to express their feelings and observations
- Address negative experiences, while highlighting positive experiences.
Adapted from the Howard University Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning