How to Survive Group Projects
When some people hear “group project” they jump for joy, while others dread it and would rather do all of the work by themselves. As this semester has progressed for me, I didn’t realize how many group projects there would be in my classes. I used to love group projects but now I am starting to somewhat dread them. Here are some things I have found helpful when going through so many projects:
If you are able to pick your group members, choose wisely.
This is so so so important. Sometimes we get lucky and are able to pick who we work with. If this is the case, be smart about it. If you are friends with someone in class but they turn in all of their assignments late, this may be something that you will want to avoid in order to have a successful group project.
Be open-minded and positive
Going into a project with an open-mind can really help things go along more smoothly, whether it’s being open-minded about a person in the group or an idea that someone throws out. There isn’t such thing as a bad idea. Be open to everything, as well as staying positive. Just like in life, being negative can make things worse. Try to be optimistic!
Keep people accountable by assigning tasks
We all know there is that one person in the group that tends to lay low and let everyone else do the work. It’s annoying. This is why assigning tasks to make people accountable is a good idea. When you break it into even chunks, it’s easier to distribute and make it fair for all in the group.
I cannot stress how important organization is in a group project. You never want to run into a situation where you missed a deadline or you get off track on how far into the project you are supposed to be. Hopefully, you have professors that give you some sort of a timeline of when things should be done. If this is the case, or even if it isn’t, get a calendar or use your planner to mark down important due dates, group meetings, or anything else that is time sensitive and important.
Also another huge factor. Communication is the building block for anything dealing with other people. You never want to be in a situation where there is a miscommunication or lack of communication. Email, texting, GroupMe, or whatever works best for the members of your group. Make sure there is a line of communication. It’s not like we could survive without these things, right?
Be in contact with the professor
For one of my group projects, I am the group leader so I am frequently in contact with the professor about someone in the group not participating or questions about our progress. The professors are there to help you, so don’t be afraid to ask questions!
This is obvious in any aspect of life, but especially when you’re in a group, don’t put your members and yourself in a spot where your project won’t be completed on time. This makes a mess for everybody and definitely won’t help your grade.