By Emma Lorenzo
Group projects, some students like them and some do not! There are both advantages and disadvantages to group projects.
A disadvantage of group projects is if one member slacks, the whole group suffers. Sometimes, one person does most of the work, or the final product is not as complete as it could have been because everyone did not give 100%.
Advantages of group projects are seen most in the final results of the project. If all group members worked together and gave 100%, it will show in the final result, and most likely earn a high grade.
A survey was sent out to myKlovr users asking if they love or hate group projects. Out of 267 responses, 45% like group projects, 46% do not like group projects, and 9% are neutral.
To make the most of group projects, no matter what the circumstances, myKlovr has come up with a list of five tips for students to find success when working in group projects.
- Setting goals within your group will keep everyone on task and allow for the project to be broken up into smaller pieces.
- Assigning tasks, give everyone something to do, making sure everything that needs to be done will get done.
- Stay connected via text, e-mail, or group chats (GroupMe) to have a place where you can reach group members easily to keep everyone on the same page.
- Listening is an important part of communication, quite literally. There is no point in talking to group members if they are not going to listen.
- Don’t hesitate to speak up if something is not working or someone isn’t pulling their weight. Squashing the problem ASAP will only help the group in the long run.
3. There is no “I” in “team”
- Work together, one person can not and should not do all the work. A team or group works best when everyone is giving 100%.
- Everyone has different perspectives and opinions, use this to your group’s advantage.
- Taking ownership when you personally have done something wrong can show your respect to your group members and that you are trying to make it better for the future.
- Showing responsibility for your work/actions will make the group dynamic run smoother.
- Don’t be afraid to hold your group members responsible for their deadlines and tasks.
- Always learn something in whatever you do, either from the topic of the assignment or about how you personally work best in groups.
- Take note of what has worked and what hasn’t, will make your next group project better than the last.
- Learning skills from group projects will help you in the professional world later on in life.
Group projects are important not only for school assignments but for your future as well. If they seem like a burden now, think about what you will learn in the long run, such as communication, teamwork, and accountability.
Participating in group projects prepare students for the working world/college. Similarly, the assignment may not be interesting or someone in the group may not be your favorite person.
The struggles students face when doing group projects do happen in the real world, but never the less, the project must get done.