It’s no secret – group projects are universally hated among college students. The internet is practically flooded with memes highlighting the struggles of group work! With that in mind, we decided to share some tips on tackling these dreaded assignments.
Choose your group members carefully.
You’re not always lucky enough to get to choose your group members – but if you can, choose wisely! Pay attention to who participates in class and always gets their work in on time. They’ll likely be a great choice for your group. Your buddy that loves skipping class? Probably not so much.
Meet in person.
It often seems easier if everyone just works individually and then sends in their portion of the project, but that leaves room for frustration. Meeting in person is a great way to make sure everyone is staying on track, and it ensures that your work will be cohesive.
Use a scheduling app.
The main reason students avoid meeting in person for group projects is that it’s challenging finding a common time when everybody is free. A scheduling app, like Doodle, lets every group member select the time frames they’re available for, and then finds a common time among every member.
Work with your group members on blocking out what needs to be done, and then assign these blocks to each member. Not only will this ensure that you won’t be stuck with the bulk of the work, but it also helps get the ball rolling! Students are less likely to slack on group projects when they know the whole group is relying on them for something specific.
Come up with deadlines.
Setting deadlines throughout the group project assures that everyone is staying on task. When it comes to completing the entire project, set a deadline well before the actual due date. This will give the group some cushion room in case a group member started slacking!
Chat with your professor.
If you’ve tried everything above and you’re still having trouble with a group member, reach out to your professor for help. You don’t need to feel like you’re tattling. If anything, simply explain to your professor that you just need help getting everybody back on track. They’ll appreciate the effort you’re putting in!
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