Group projects

@k1tten (2321)
United States
September 21, 2007 10:48pm CST
I've always hated group projects, ever since my early school years. I've had to do a lot of group projects lately and I still hate them. I've always liked to do things my way because at least I know how to turn my mind around the project and get it done. I just can't stand when others don't actually shut up and listen for a moment and think maybe it might work a different way. So, in school, did you have to work in groups? If/when you did, did you hate it or love it?
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@shy_gal (235)
• Malaysia
22 Sep 07
When i doing group project during my schooj time or colleage time, i like it at the same time i also hate it. The reason i like it becouse can chare the ideas and solution within the group members. Then can ask the opnion from other group members if you have meet the problem on the project that i have faced. Beside that, the reason i hate it becouse the project will be done my members who are more clever in the study. For those who are more lazy will just sit there and chatting and din't show any interesting on the project. Hence, it will caused unhappiness of the group members. I think you need find a good solution, so that you will enjoy the discussion on group project.
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@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
22 Sep 07
Group project is the one thing I hate about school. I don't know why they do that. Actually in most group project I have done, only 2 or 3 members are really working on the project. Group members doesn't want to listen in others opinion. So I end up with no group and do the project alone even if its a group project. After all the teacher incharge can't do anything about it.
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@saunty (604)
• India
22 Sep 07
Well , i would suggest you friend that even though you hate group works , but with your future reference you are ought to do so. Either you work in software or marketing or in any industry , afterall you will have to work in a team , you will hasve to develope that trait in you which will prompt you to feel comfortable while working in group, otherwise you will really be in trouble in later stage of your life
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@ranitam22 (1147)
• United States
22 Sep 07
Working in groups can also be difficult when there is one person that just doesn't get it and you have to explain everything to them and it kind've slows the process to an extent where you would have rather did it by yourself. But it is not cool when someone in the group is always distracting everyone else with things that have nothing to do with the task at hand. Very frustrating.
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@twowizdom (861)
• Philippines
22 Sep 07
We usually do group projects at school and I hate it at the same time I like it. I like it cause in this way there would be a lot of people who would be brainstorming for a better idea to make the project better but at the same time I hate it cause every time we have a group project at school my group mates would just help me in formulating an idea for our project especially if the teacher is only there then after that thats it they would not even help me making the project. They would just leave me alone and do the project all by myself and I really really hate it this way because all of my other group mates are getting credit for something they didn't do and its just so unfair! It really just annoys me...So during this times I also prefer on doing an individual project since I'm also the only one who's doing the project even though its a GROUP project...
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@ElicBxn (59949)
• United States
22 Sep 07
I'm an introvert, I HATE working with a group. I do have a knack for listening to a group's ideas & then coming up with a workable compromise that leaves everyone feeling they might've won something. So long as they don't look to me to have a clever idea at first, I just don't think on my feet, I have to have time to listen to other people & stew on it. When I had to do a paper in college, I had to consider the questions, & even do some research before I could decide on what I was going to do.
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@jmbauer (43)
• United States
23 Sep 07
I've had some really good group project experiences--where everyone is smart, open-minded, willing to brainstorm and be creative, responsible, and lacking in aggression. Conversly, I've had some pretty bad group experiences as well--people who showed up a couple of times or not at all, didn't pull their weight in the assigned duties, were lazy, and wanted to take charge despite being inept. In these situations, I gained the knowledge that not everyone you work with in your life is going to be like the people in my first paragraph, and different personalities coexist in different ways--sometimes for the worst. I also learned how best to deal with those types of roadblocks. On one occasion, I remember gathering the responsible sect of the group into a conversation with the professor after repeated attempts to enlist the cooperation of one rogue group member were unsuccessfull. The prof informed us that it was evident that we were doing what was expected, and that we should persist as planned, and that the rewards (the project grades) would be the tell-all. In my mind, it was no different than using a supervisor or manager to resolve a dispute with a fellow employee. Sometimes, when all has been exhausted, go with your instincts. You'll know right away whether you're in for a good or a bad group experience.
• Canada
23 Sep 07
We had a lot of group projects in school - especially in university. I didn't mind group projects when we got to pick our own groups. Then I could pick people that I worked well with, that knew what they were doing, and carried their weight. But whenever we couldn't pick our groups, I always ended up with someone who didn't know what they were doing, didn't show up to meetings, or didn't do their share of the work. Our professors alway said it was good to work in pre-assigned groups, since you can't pick the groups of people that you work with later in life - which is true. When you get a job after school, you have to work with a variety of people that you may or may not get along with. I remember we had one major group project in fourth year university. Three of the people in the group where very good to work with. They were smart, hard working, and had their part of the project done on time. But there was one group member that never attended meetings and never checked their email for project updates. When it came time to hand in their section of the report to compile the final draft, all their calculations were incorrect, and they had plagarized their entire section of the report. We explained to them that in university, plagarizing work has serious consequences (you could probably be kicked out) - you think they would know this by 4th year university! All of our calculations were based on the answers from their section of the the project. So a couple of days before the project was due we had to redo all of our work, plus we-write their entire section of the report. It was the worst group project I ever worked on!