Group Projects 101

Before coming to Bryant I hated group projects with a passion. Why, you ask? Well I would always end up doing all or most of the work. So I guess you could say that I’ve had a bad experience with group projects. Coming to Bryant and having to do a lot of group projects truly changed my perspective. Over your four years, you will be participating in a variety of group projects for different classes. Here’s a few tips to help you out.

  1. Sometimes being in a group with your friends is great, other times it is just trouble. I am not saying that you cannot work on a project with your closest friends, you absolutely can. But group projects give you the opportunity to meet new people in your year and who knows, you may just meet your new best friend. When you are in a group with your friends, if something bad happens or if there is heated discussion, it may often affect your friendship and you do not want that. For some individuals, confrontation is hard and it can be harder when it forces you to confront your close friends.
  2. Establish a clear objective for the group.
  3. Even though the whole purpose of being in group is to get the project done and hopefully get an A, it does not hurt to get to know your group members a little bit better, especially outside of the group meetings that you would have. Group lunches or dinners in the cafeteria is a great way to break the ice!
  4. Be open to everyone’s idea in the group. Sometimes it may not be the best idea, but shooting that person down for contributing will not help your team in the future. It may cause a bit of tension and other members of the group will probably not contribute due to the fear of being shot down.
  5. Communication is key and it is the only way that your group can be truly successful.
  6. Each member of the group has something to offer, something to bring to the table. Try to figure out each person’s strength in the group. For instance, if one person in the group is great at math and loves working with numbers then you know from day one who to delegate tasks involving numbers to.
  7. It does not hurt to have a set meeting time and meeting location. There are many places on campus where you can reserve a room to utilize such as the study rooms in the library and the conference rooms in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
  8. Be punctual. Each member of the group should be on time for the meeting. It shows that you care when you are on time.
  9. Come prepared for the group meetings. If you had something to complete, you should do it on your own time and not the group’s time.
  10. Create milestones for the group, what the group is trying to achieve in a specific time period. This will help each member of the group to get their tasks done.

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Hopefully these tips will help you with your group projects. Good luck!