Monday, 10 March 2014

Overcoming Group Work 101

At one point or another you're going to have to do a course assignment... with other people... A.K.A GROUP WORK...

Yea, I'm not a fan either. Depending on the people in your group you might end up having to do all the work, meet outside class time (cause course time isn't enough), and rely on others for a good mark (which can be scary).

My program doesn't usually have group work, however over my 5 years of undergrad I've had my fair share of working with classmates on assignments. Below are some tips and tricks for handling group work and coming out with an A (maybe A+ depending on how you play your cards) ;)

1. Listen To Your Group Members
Its easy to discredit other people's ideas, especially when "you got the best idea", however keep your mind open. You might be surprised by the idea's others have, and remember: there is power in numbers.

2. Be Honest 
If there is something you don't like, say so. There is nothing worst than going along with an idea "just to be nice". There are marks on the line and if there is something you truly disagree with, say so instead of being miserable and then getting an equally miserable mark. This also applies in the event others aren't pulling their weight. Talk to group members who you feel are slacking, and if that doesn't go so well... think about talking to your prof.

3. Pull Your Weight
Don't slack: others will notice. Group work isn't "oh great, I have 3 people to do the work for me". Group work is about coming together, and combining ideas to create something awesome. Your group members will notice if you are not pulling your weight, and it can affect your mark if your group members let the professor know.

4. Rehearse/ Practice
If you're group assignment involves a presentation, make sure to practice... together! There is nothing worse than watching a group who's clearly not practiced, present. It's actually super awkward. Put in the extra time and effort to get together and figure out who's covering what information... it's the difference between a B and an A.

This concludes the key tips I can recommend to anyone embarking on the long journey of group work, but remember...


Do you have any tips and tricks for handling a group assignment? Comment below!

Until Next Time, I'll be Yorking Around.

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