Group Work Resources for Students
Group assignments teach the skills you’ll need in order to do well in the workplace. Almost all jobs require interaction with others, the ability to work in a team, and the ability to achieve a result. The ability to be a team player is consistently one of the top ten graduate attributes employers want. Doing well in group projects at university could help you get the job you want!
Group projects can be challenging, but many of these difficulties can be overcome using the resources in this guide.
This section contains some tips for time management that will help you study efficiently and avoid spending too much time on the group assignment. There is also a link to a quiz that will help you learn more about your time management skills, what you do well, and what you could improve on.
Having an agenda for group meetings can make them faster and more productive. This guide includes tips for making meeting agendas work; it gives a sample meeting agenda as well as a template for taking minutes.
Having a timeline for your assignment (that you stick to) means that you don’t have to worry about last-minute delays. It’s also a good way to make sure that everything is on track, everyone in your group knows what they’re doing, and that if anything unexpected happens you have time to fix it. This section includes a guide for creating a timeline, as well as a sample timeline for different stages of an assignment.
Group rules are a good way to ensure that everyone in your group has the same expectations of each other. This will avoid frustration and misunderstandings during the project. These rules need to be agreed on by all group members at the start of a project, ideally in the first meeting.