Learning to work in groups is an essential skill to master in order to be successful both in college and in your future job. But between conflicting schedules and other responsibilities, group projects can be a big headache. Follow these dos and don’ts for hassle-free group assignments.
1) Do consider online tools.
Finding a way to communicate is the main part of a group project. If all your team members have different schedules and little free time, find an online tool to communicate on a daily basis. Whether it’s an app or an ongoing group message, make sure everyone is aware of what’s going on and has a chance to voice their opinion.
2) Do make time to meet.
Even though online tools are a great system, find a time where everyone can meet for a short period of time. This will not only improve the conversation, but it will also give you the chance to meet your group members and understand their skills.
3) Do split responsibility.
It is never fair to have someone do all the work when it comes to teamwork. That is why splitting responsibilities is a great way to make sure that the work is equally shared and everyone puts the same effort into the project. Also, if there are more than three members in your team, it will be hard to come to an agreement every time a decision needs to be made. However, it is important to consider everyone’s opinion and avoid ignoring their concerns.
4) Do encourage new ideas.
When it comes to brainstorming, make sure to encourage new ideas and ask your partners what they think. By doing this, you can put together a more creative and informative project that will reflect everyone’s skills and thoughts. Plus, everyone feels included!
5) Don’t use the same techniques for every project.
Every group and every assignment is different. If you know something that worked really well in a past project, feel free to mention it. It is important to know that your group will only be successful if you develop a system that works for everyone and for the particular task you need to finish.
6) Don’t avoid conversation.
If you have any ideas or suggestions, don’t be afraid to vocalize them. At the end of the day, you are also a part of the project, and the final grade will either affect you in a positive or negative way. If you say things respectfully and in an open way, your teammates will be open to your thoughts and opinions without them feeling like you’re trying to take over.
7) Don’t let personal conflict interfere.
Think of group projects as an office. Whether you like or dislike someone, never let those thoughts interfere on your project. Remember that college is a time to exercise your professionalism and social skills.
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