Tips for Working in Groups
Michelle Wagner compiled the following list of tips on group work from her colleagues.
"Try to make a set time to meet once a week."
“Make sure to pick one person for your group who
you know is a hard worker, but don’t underestimate the abilities of
people who are taking a Phil class for the first time. They often bring
insightful ideas to the group.”-
“Try to initially divide up the work load as evenly
as possible. Otherwise, one
person may become overloaded and ultimately stressed out beyond belief.
In the end the entire group suffers.” -Michelle Wagner
“Trust you own originality and do not be afraid to
voice your opinion. Different
ideas are not always bad.”
“Don’t be afraid to admit it if you need help.
It’s better to be upfront with your group in the beginning,
rather than let them down at the last minute.” -Anonymous
“Try to make the most of all group meetings.
Although it may seem like you have a lot of time before a
presentation, it’s amazing how quickly it runs out.” -Anonymous
“Realize that everyone has a life outside of group work, including
work and other groups. Complaining
about your situation only wastes time and will not do any good.”
“Once you establish a reputation as a “bad group member,” it
will haunt you for the rest of your Communication classes.”-Anonymous
“Compliment other group members when they do something well or go
out of their way to do more work. If
someone feels their work is unnoticed or unappreciated, they will quit
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