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A Brock University Student’s Guide on How to Excel at Group Projects

A Brock University Student’s Guide on How to Excel at Group Projects

There will come a time during your time at Brock University when a professor will assign a group project. Here are a few tips on how you can excel at them.

Whatever your major, there will probably come a time during your time at Brock University when a professor will assign a group project. The good news is that this is an opportunity to practice skills you’ll need for your career without any risk to your job. The bad news is that any slacker on your team gets to practice knowing that there’s no risk to their job. Consequently, group projects are more complicated than working solo, but you can excel by keeping a few points in mind.

Coordinate communications

Your first step is to decide on ground rules, and handle logistics. Collect everyone’s contact information so you’ll know how to get in touch. Take advantage of online resources like google docs and project management tools. If possible, try to get together in person as much as possible so you can practice collaborating face to face.

Break the project down

As far as the project itself, organize it into individual steps so each person knows their assignments and the relevant deadlines. Make sure to set interim deadlines so you can monitor progress, and avoid unpleasant surprises before it’s too late to catch up. Build a buffer at the end too so you complete the project a few days early, giving you time to fill in gaps or rehearse your presentation.

Take responsibility 

Your professor knows that you might have conflicts like thinking that another team member isn’t contributing enough or is trying to dominate the project. Try to work it out yourselves before asking for help. Be prepared to demonstrate what you’ve done to document the issue, and resolve it yourselves.

Integrate everyone’s contribution

Maybe you could do it faster by yourself, but the value of a group project is learning how to work together, respect each other’s views, and appreciate each other’s strengths. It’s an important part of your university education.

We can’t promise you won’t run into slackers, but we can make group projects easier by making sure you have a pleasant place to live, and a productive place to meet. Contact us at Student Lofts, the premier off-campus living experience for students at Brock University.

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