Activity Fiftyfour Comparing a learning journal with an essay

Look back to your response to Activity Forty-seven in the last chapter, comparing different kinds of writing. Compare the following list with the most common essay you have to do. For example, the 'audience' for an assessed essay would be a 'tutor/assessor', whereas for the journal it is a 'sympathetic reader'.

The learning journal as a type of writing

Topic You plus the course

Form Reflective narrative, often diary-like

Purpose To reflect on your progress though your course

Audience A 'sympathetic reader'

You as the writer Reflective and 'personal', with 'I' at the centre

Situation Different courses with different aims and expectations

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