Tips for Working in Groups
Whether you’re studying in high school or an undergraduate program, group assignments are common. It can be intimidating to let others determine part of your final grade, but performing well can pay off in the future. Here are some tips for working on group projects.
Specialize Your Tasks
Each student excels in different areas. Split group assignments into different parts and survey the group to see what aspects appeal to each student. You’ll get the best work out of each group member.
If none of the group members feel comfortable with their part of the assignment, have everyone get together and do their best with each other’s input.
Worry Less About Scheduling
As helpful as it is to have every group member meet to discuss logistics and work on the project together, it’s better to save yourself the effort and meet when necessary.
Students are busy in high school and doubly so in an undergraduate program. Avoid the stress of finding a time that works with everyone’s schedule and coordinate over text or email instead.
Don’t Be the Leader
There are times to step up and lead, but being the leader for a group project can be problematic. You might come off as bossy or too controlling and taking additional responsibility for their grades is risky.
Additionally, it puts you in a position of having more work expected from you. Groups should strive to divide assignment work equally. Work to unite the group and do your part as efficiently as you can.
Even if group projects aren’t your preference, they give you the opportunity to make new friendships. It never hurts to meet your peers, so if you’re working on a group project in a class pertaining to your major, it’s likely that you’ll have the opportunity to work with some group members again.
Getting to know others who you could work with in the future is always beneficial. You can make new friends, have new study buddies and make the campus seem a little smaller.