Loyola University Chicago

Learning Portfolio Program

Center for Experiential Learning

Critical Reflection

Critical Reflection

The most important aspect of a learning portfolio is critical reflection. For each learning artifact selected it is important to "curate" those items by reflecting on your experiences. Critical reflection goes beyond articulating your experience. It allows us to take a step back to make meaning of our experiences and how our context and identities shape the lens in which we interpret our experiences. Critical reflection occurs within the past, present, and future actions, and at Loyola, it allows us to connect our experiences both within the classroom and beyond. 

Below is a helpful three-step critical reflection process to walk you through the process of critically reflecting on your experiences.

You can also download a Critical Reflection Guide for more insights.