THIRD YEAR HUMAN GEOGRAPHY STUDENT, HOLLY, SHARES SOME USEFUL TIPS FOR WORKING IN GROUPS…
Term 1 has come to an end and reflecting on the term, I counted how many group projects I participated in this term and it came to a grand total of 10! These were mainly in the form of group presentations. In these group projects I worked with a variety of people and cultures. So, using my extensive experience, here are my top tips for being part of a successful group project:
- Always swap contact info. Choose the mode of communication you want to use as a group. If you have been put into groups, it is highly likely that you won’t know everyone in your group already, so make sure that the first thing you do is swap your contact information. I personally favour using WhatsApp, but make sure you chose a mode of communication that works for all group members, no use in using WhatsApp if not all the group members have it!
- Choose a group leader. Whether you are working on a group project with friends or people you have just met, it is important that you choose a group leader who is responsible for arranging group meetings and delegating work. This way, if there is an issue with the group, group members can talk to the group leader about it and then the group leader can either resolve the issue or take it up with the appropriate member of university staff.
- Make your voice heard. Related to the point above, it is vital that if you feel that you have been set too much or too little work that you let your group leader know. The same goes for if you feel that you are having too many or too few group meetings. Furthermore, if you are the group leader, make sure you listen to your group and give them the opportunity to raise any concerns.
- Communication is key. When working on a group project it is key that you stay in contact with the group and are reachable if anyone has any questions or if there are any changes; so, make sure you keep those notifications switched on!
- Time management. Just like all work, ensure you manage your time effectively so that you meet your deadline.
- Have fun! Group work doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, enjoy working together and encourage each other to work hard and you will gain your highest potential grade, as well as some new friends!
If you need any more guidance or advice on group work, please contact the university study advice team who are based in the library to discuss good practice in group work. More information can be found here: https://www.reading.ac.uk/library/study-advice/lib-study-advice.aspx