There’s nothing like seeing “Group Project” on a class syllabus. Some find great joy in the prospect of only having to do 1/5 of a project and getting credit for the whole thing, others dread the thought of their A being in someone else’s hands. Whether you fall on the side of the overachiever, the underachiever, or– like me– somewhere in the middle, here are a few tips to get you through group projects without a glitch!
1) Schedule! The first time you ever meet up with your group, you should corporately decide the next few times you will meet to finish the project. That way, people have no excuse for not showing up.
2) Divide responsibility! Divide up responsibility as evenly as possible. Don’t let other group members pressure you into taking on too much, but also, don’t be a project hog out of fear of delegating.
3) Do what you love! If there’s a part of the projects that interests you or makes use of your talents, volunteer to take it on. If someone else wants to do the same part as you, offer to work together. Also, let people do what they love– a happy group member is a motivated group member.
4) Go above and beyond! Do not, under any circumstances, slack off on a group project. This goes back to treating others the way you would like to be treated (Luke 6:31). If you want your partners to do their best work, you should do your best as well– it will only ever pay off.
5) Help each other! Again, don’t take on all the responsibility, but try and look out for your project partners. Remind other members of upcoming meeting times and project deadlines, suggest working on your separate parts of the project together, or just check up to see how a partner is doing. Remember, a little encouragement goes a long way.
As you delegate, cooperate, and excel, remember that “Two are better than one… because if one falls, the other can pick him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10). Whether you like group projects or not, I hope these tips will help you do your best!