This course is starting us off with reflection as a basic, entry-level tool for producing work for any situation. Reflective writing allows us to consciously evaluate strategies to improve our weaknesses and repeat our successes.
By knowing our audience and purpose, stating our intentions, we can write the piece for the audience we envision. We can only review and revise effectively if we know what our intentions are. The writer who can reflect, assess and review their own work is an independent learner, one who isn't dependent on peer reviewers or teachers when they finish their writing class.
In reading Sandra Giles' 'Reflective Writing and The Revision Process' I particularly enjoyed her personal story of painting the interior of her home. The lesson I got from it was that in nearly every other form of work, we do evaluate our intentions, study our work and continually take mental notes how to do it better 'next time'. I'm sure I'm not the only one who is resistant to this process in writing, the course is taking a lot of pains to teach us this lesson.