With less than two weeks left in the semester, it’s the perfect time to start focusing your energy on preparing for the end of the semester. This year I lucked out and don’t have any tests to take during finals week. However, I do have papers and group projects that will count for a major part of my grade. Sometimes tests are nice because you take them and then you're done and never have to think about them ever again. I think projects require a bit more time and care. One of my projects is a group paper that’s due on the last day of class.
Group projects can be a challenge in and of themselves. Finding a time that works for everyone to meet can sometimes feel impossible. Below are a few tips in relieving the stress of group projects.
1) Start a group chat. First things first, you have to be able to easily communicate with your group members and discuss the details of your project. If you are able to label the group chat, name it with the title of your project.
2) Don’t be afraid to be the first to reach out. Be the one who sets a time for everyone to meet in-person. Group members are going to appreciate your proactiveness and attention to the project. I always remember and am thankful for hard-working team members.
3) Get to know who you are working with. I think it’s important to listen and ask your group member questions about their interests. The better you know them the easier it will be to figure out who should work on what. For instance if someone’s a really detail-oriented person they might be perfect for editing.
4) Read the rubric! I think one of the first things a group should do is go over what the project is looking for. In the past, I am guilty of briefly skimming over a rubric right before I pass an assignment in. This is definitely something you don’t want to get into the habit of doing. A rubric is basically a guideline on how to get an A.
5) Make sure everyone is on the same page. There is nothing worse than when one person ends up doing a majority of the work. This happened to me my freshman year, and I’ll admit the project didn’t turn out all that great. It really could have used the contribution of other team members' creative ideas.
6) Stay in touch with your group after the project is passed in. You never know where the people you work with in class will end up. They might be your ticket into your dream job.