Sometimes you will be required to work on an assignment, project or class presentation with a group of fellow students. Group work can enhance your social skills, build self-esteem and confidence, and promote tolerance through the sharing of alternative ideas and points of view. Working in a group helps prepare you for team environments in the workplace and teaches you a range of values and competencies that employers look for in graduates.
Manage the process
It takes time for a group of individuals to become a team. Set some ground rules:
- Meet team members as soon as possible to get to know each other.
- Decide how to communicate—face-to-face meetings, online through email or group discussion forums.
- Create a schedule of meetings with agendas.
- Decide on team roles to keep everyone on track.
- Be inclusive and treat everyone with respect and courtesy.
Understand the assignment
- Take time to analyse your assignment topic.
- What is the assignment asking you to do?
- Identify specific tasks and estimate the time required to complete them.
- Prioritise tasks, set deadlines, and allocate tasks to team members. This ensures the work is divided fairly and effectively.
- Use meetings to regularly review progress and revise deadlines.
Collaborate using technology
- discussion boards
- instant messaging
- social media
- Microsoft O365.
Technologies that help you collaborate with teammates include:
Be an active online participant. Read, respond and contribute to the group’s postings.
Problems may arise for a variety of reasons, including:
- unequal efforts from team members
- disagreements about group objectives
- clash of personalities
- simple misunderstandings
- differences of opinion.
Deal with issues promptly and decisively. Learn to effectively manage conflict to facilitate a discussion and find a resolution.
Contact the lecturer or tutor if a problem can’t be resolved.
Bookable group study spaces
Bookable group study spaces are perfect for acing any group assessment.
We offer online workshops on researching, referencing, structuring assignments and exam preparation. Come along and improve your skills!
Get free online tutoring to improve your writing. You can submit your writing for detailed review, request an appointment or submit questions online. A tutor will respond within 24 hours. You can use this service for up to 3 hours per trimester.
Peer assisted study sessions
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Griffith mentors study support
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