Drafting a good outline will make your experience of writing a reflective essay much easier. Despite the common opinion that composing an outline is a waste of time and one should better spend this time on developing the essay, we believe the opposite is true. Working on an outline takes time in the beginning but then significantly reduces the writing time since a student doesn’t have to think on the go because everything has already been thought of in terms of ideas and text structure. The only thing students have to know when drafting an outline is that providing specific details is vitally important. In other words, all points of the outline should be very specific to the situation/event/experience you are going to describe in the essay. This way no important details will be missed when writing the reflective essays. The aforementioned guideline is to be used for a 5 paragraph essay but you can still add more paragraphs and rearrange the main body organization to adjust to your needs. Keep in mind the main principle though – a reflective essay outline should look like a specific roadmap you should follow when writing.