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5 Tips on How to Handle Group Projects Effectively

5 Tips on How to Handle Group Projects Effectively

Most Students absolutely despise dealing with group projects and presentations. Aspects such as effective communication, cooperation, scheduling, etc. all contribute to a project’s success. But nailing those aspects is much harder than one can imagine. Hence why often the studious students end up doing all the work while the other members just sit there and benefit from the free marks. Or even worse, no one ends up doing their part right thus ruining every members’ mark. To avoid these issues you will need to follow the following guidelines.

1. Get Each Member’s Contact Information

The very first step in any group project should be getting the team’s contact information. Once you are assigned to a group, ask every member for their number, social media, etc. right away. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to figure out how to get in contact with a group member halfway through your project. Moreover, you should make a group chat (using apps such as Slack) that will allow everyone to easily contact all members at once. Group chats are super helpful especially when sharing new updates on the projects.

2. Consider Each Other’s Strengths and Personality

Every member of your team has their own unique strengths and expertise that can be used to benefit the project. For instance, if one of the members is known for their powerpoint creation, then allow them to handle that section of the project. In addition, each individuals’ personality can also affect the project’s result. Generally speaking, students tend to fall under either general contributor, leader, organizer, or silent contributor personalities; each of which is pretty self-explanatory. Thus if you notice a member falls under the leader personality let them take over the leadership role of the project. Similarly, if you can tell a member is shy to share their ideas and opinion, ask them open-ended questions to keep them in the loop of the project.

3. Set Realistic Deadlines Right Away

One of the common group project challenges is meeting the task deadlines. It is beyond frustrating when group members don’t meet deadlines. To avoid this issue, the group needs to divide the project into smaller sub-tasks and set a realistic deadline for each task. For instance, if someone is assigned to write a page worth of research the team should come up with a realistic due date for that member based on the person’s schedule, strengths and the difficulty of the topic.

4. Get the Project Done Early

Getting the project done early allows your team to experience less stress, be better prepared and have extra time for reviewing the material. The recommendation is to aim for finishing the project two days before the due date. In addition, students tend to forget small sections of the project hence why many end up pulling all-nighters to fill in the project’s gaps before the deadline. But by getting the project done early, you will be able to avoid the pain of last-minute preparation.

5. Set Regular Work Progress Report Meetings

In every project, there is always that one person that never completes their task on-time. And unfortunately, there is no way of avoiding such group members. Fortunately, there is a way to keep them in check and ensure they are doing their part. To do so, the group needs to hold regular work progress report meetings. Such meetings allow the members to share their work progress and coordinate their tasks with one another. This way everyone knows what is going on and what issues need to be resolved. Many meetings tend to be unproductive because members end up talking about anything but the project. That’s why each member needs to ensure the topic of discussion doesn’t veer off throughout the meetings.

Group projects are often a real pain to deal with. But worry not, as there are multiple effective ways students can handle projects that will get rid of their burden. By implementing the above tips into your schoolwork, you will be able to avoid the hassle of irresponsible group members and increase your group’s productivity for the better.

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