With the fall semester coming to an end and final project due dates coming up I thought I would share my tips on how to survive group projects.
Group projects are never a fun favourite, especially for university students. Group projects help you learn to work with other people and different personalities, and allow you to collaborate and share ideas with other people. Group projects are the reality for most university level classes, and they can be quite stressful. Here, I will be sharing my tips to surviving group projects with you guys!
Set up a group meeting. Before you begin your project and working with your group, you’re going to need to set up a time to meet and discuss your project. Set a time that works for everyone so that all group members are included in the discussion and the work doesn’t become one sided and people don’t feel like they are excluded from the project. Suggest this meeting far in advance of the projects due date since it may take time to find a date and time that works for everyone, and you want to ensure there is enough time to complete the project far in advance.
Make a plan pre-meeting. Try to make a plan for what needs to happen in your meeting; things that need to be done prior to your meeting and what you hope to have accomplished by the end of the meeting. This helps everyone stay on task and ensures everyone is ready to talk about the project.
Be prepared. This should go without saying, but you would be surprised how many people show up to group meetings unprepared. Don’t be that member who comes unprepared, it leads to the whole meeting becoming unproductive. Show up with your materials prepared and be ready to talk about the project and take it seriously.
Share your ideas. You want to be a valuable member of the group and contribute your own thoughts and ideas. Everyone has their own opinion and their own idea of what direction to take in the project. Don’t be afraid to share yours, who knows yours may be the direction the group decides to take.
Make a plan post-meeting. After your meeting, topics have been discussed, the general idea of the project has been made, and all work that requires group collaboration has been complete make a new plan going forward. Split up and additional work that needs to be completed so people can work at their own pace, everyone has the opportunity to contribute to the project, and so the workload does not become uneven.
Lastly, Be the group member you would want to have. Working in group projects can be difficult, especially with the semester winding down and everyone having final assignments and tests. Try your best to be a valuable and contributing member of the group. Nobody wants a group member who does none of the work, it is just unfair and creates problems. Be prepared, share your ideas and try to be flexible.
These tips have helped me in my four years at Brock and I hope that they will help you as well! Best of luck in your final assignments Badgers and I know you can all survive your group projects!
Signing off for now,