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Group Therapy: a group project survival guide

Tips and tricks for doing group coursework.

The Karma of Group Work


A word to anyone considering an academic career as a

Using Refworks to build your collaborative bibliography for your group projects

While it is important for you to continue to work together on your group project,  a time will soon come when you will need to report your findings from your projects. You may be asked to present  as a team or report your results in a research paper.

Google Google Google

Sign up for Google account and you'll have a nice collection of collaborative tools to make your group projects easier to manage.

Google Docs
Google Docs make collaborative writing and presentations easy to use.

YOU have something to contribute

Dear Group Work Guru,

I don't think I have anything to contribute to my group. The three other students in my group are a million times smarter and more accomplished than I am. They understand what's happening in class more than I do. Isn't it best to just let them do the work?

Sincerely,
Struggling Student

 

Dear Struggling Student,

No! You should never let your teammates do all the work while you do nothing. It's great that you're in a group with talented students.

Diversity and Compatibility

Group projects are designed for students to learn how to work with a variety of different types of people and negotiate different types of situations.

While it's good to find teammates that have different skills and experiences, it's also very important to make sure that you are able to work with those people.

Teamwork - A Practical Guide for Students

Teamwork is more than group work!

What would help me to become a good team member in my group?

Communicate

It is very important for you all to keep the communication lines open among group members in your teams.

Need Advice?

Do you have questions about group work? Do you have a group work question that has yet to be covered by our Group Work Survival Guide?

Add your questions and suggestions to the comments and we'll answer them in an upcoming post from the Group Work Guru.

A true story of group work

It's challenging to work with a diverse group of people. That's for sure.

An adviser here at Drexel told me this story about a group of students who had to figure out how to work together. Names and identifying attributes have been changed.

Stephen, Rashida, Ellen, and Jens were assigned to work together for a project that would take two full terms. They decided to meet each week at 7pm on Wednesdays to check in with each other to make sure that their project was on track and moving through the timeline.

Stephen, Rashida, and Jens found Ellen exceedingly difficult to work with.

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