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Your first group meeting

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So, you’re in a team for your group project. Everyone wants to get started on the project ASAP. But before you dive in to divvying up the tasks, let’s stop and set up some ground rules.

All teams start out with the best intentions, but you need to make sure that you’re all on the same page about a few things.

Figure out your group’s goal.

Yes, the goal is to finish the project, but you may have some differing opinions. For example, take Jeanne, a senior in your group. It’s her last term and she just wants to finish. Maybe another student, Morris, won’t settle for less than an A. If that’s the case, your team’s got some things to work out. Jeanne just wants to get the class done, but Morris wants everyone to work towards an A. Your group has to come to a consensus on your group's intentions.

While you’re at it, you may also want to figure out how many times you think you’ll need to meet and when you want to meet. You should also learn a little more about your new group members and what they bring to the project.

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