Whether it’s two weeks long or semester-long, group projects are common in school and we know it can be a hurdle to overcome. But since this type of schoolwork normally counts for a significant portion in a final course grade, students should do their best to obtain a well-deserved mark. Below we’ve listed some dos and don’ts of group projects, hope it helps!
Do: Get to know your teammates on a personal level
When it comes to group projects, work hard and add a bit of fun from time to time. Getting to know your teammates on a more personal level will help everyone work more comfortably together, and hence, you will be more efficient and productive, individually and as a whole.
Don’t: Leave important aspects of the project up to one person
Even if some portions of the group project can be done individually, everyone should pitch in to create a back-up plan or an alternative solution, just in case someone gets sick or can’t handle the workload.
Do: Divide work based on each person’s strengths
While everyone in the group should do their fair share, it’s also important to assign portions based on each person’s strengths or interests. This way, everyone will stay focused on completing their share of the project and together increase the likelihood of receiving a good grade.
Don’t: Leave your group in the dark
It’s crucial to keep all lines of communications open when you’re working in a group. Whether the due date of the project is imminent or at the end of the semester, or that you’re trying to juggle a heavier-than-usual workload, make sure to send a quick update to your teammates about your situation and plan. Don’t worry, they will understand!
Do: Schedule self-imposed or soft due dates
Regardless if your professor has set a series of smaller due dates for the group project, schedule a few soft due dates to track the entire group’s progress. Not only would everyone be able to make appropriate arrangements with regards to their personal lives and other classes, but everyone can see progression whenever the group reaches a milestone. This will keep everyone motivated, united, and productive. Here are some tips about getting organized!
Don’t: Be close-minded
Humility is key when working in a group, small or big. If your teammates make a suggestion as to how you can approach your task/portion of the work differently, listen and digest the information before you speak. You may decide that their approach doesn’t necessarily work for you, or to your surprise, you might find that they’re right!
Do: Create a shared calendar or document online
Another way to keep all communications open is to share updates, soft and hard due dates, and comments in a shared online calendar or document. Actually seeing that both you and your teammates are making progress will boost confidence and drive motivation.
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