Don't like working in groups or oral presentations???

@ANIME123 (2473)
United States
January 3, 2011 5:22pm CST
Well now I am in college and wow I have to get up like five in the morning really tiring I am not used to it at all. Well my english teacher is one of those who loves group assignments and working in pairs according to his syllabus which is annoying because I don't really like that. Also he is a big fan of oral presentations they never were my strong points. Working in groups is no fun because some people don't really like to do anything and I get super nervous when talking in front of a huge class. I really wish I would have gotten a better easier english teacher because he kept telling us that he is a tough teacher. Anyway do you like working in groups and giving oral presentations???
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@lacieice (2065)
• United States
3 Jan 11
I don't like to give oral presentations either, but it is something that you need to learn to do. When you finish college and get work, you may be called on the make presentations, so what better way to practice is there? As far as working in groups goes, better get used to it. Most employers depend on teamwork in the working world to get things done. It's important for you to be able to wotk well with others and to present yourself in a professional manner. This teacher may be tough, but I think you can learn a lot from him. In my job, I had to run groups and teach other staff how to handle diabetic clients, so these skills became very important for me. Don't complain...just do it and learn.
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• United States
3 Jan 11
I agree that many employers need their people to work together, but generally in the workforce those who do not pull their share also do not last long. It is different in education. Unless the professor or teacher is very careful, a student who does not do the work in a group project may still get the A and graduate even, without ever actually doing the work needed to be sucessful in the trade. I have actually seen this, I know of people who graduated with almost a 4.0, and at the same time not be able to pass the certification tests to teach because they never did their part when it came to group work. If this can happen to future teachers them imagine how many people there are in other profesions who are not as qualified as their diploma says.
@ANIME123 (2473)
• United States
4 Jan 11
Well yeah they are important skills I know that, but mostly in groups I get stuck with almost all the work not fun it's good when everybody does there fair share, but most of the time it never goes like that. I know your right I should stop complaining and get used to it already as long as I pass than it's all good I just hope everyone helps out.
• United States
4 Jan 11
It certainly has to be from someone with a very outgoing personality and not afraid to speak out in groups. It can be very difficult for some, the only thing I can suggest is remember that it is a requirement and unless you do it you may not be graded with a fair grading. So take a deep breath and imagine that the entire room were people who you really cared about and you are about to introduce something to them that you really feel will be beneficial to them. Smile and pretend you are enjoying yourself, and at the end of the presentation, you can breath smoothly. It will not be easy but remember it is for a set amount of time and then this one phase will be over. Soon before you realize it you will no longer have difficulty with. Have fun with and simply do your best.
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@ANIME123 (2473)
• United States
4 Jan 11
I certainly wish that I would have an outgoing personality like you. I will do my best than and I will take your advice. Hopefully after a while I will get used to working in groups and oral presentations.
• Philippines
3 Jan 11
i would rather go doing activities in groups because im a shy person.. but when grouping times.. but im not one of those who dont do anything.. i do my best to help in the group.. :)
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@ANIME123 (2473)
• United States
4 Jan 11
Oh very good that you help out in the group I also like to help out a lot when I am in a group because I want to get a good grade so that I can get a good gpa. Grades have always mattered to me and better to get and A than an F.
• United States
3 Jan 11
I do not mind the presentations, I have found that the more you prepare the easier it gets. The group projects however drive me crazy!! I had several profesors that just loved group work. I was lucky thoug I found a great person to work with who had the same major as I so that we took almost every class together and we were able to work together all the time. Now I teach and the only time I assign group work is when I also assign each student with a seperate task so that they present together but are not punished or rewarded for work that was not their own.
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@ANIME123 (2473)
• United States
4 Jan 11
Really you are good with presentations me I get super nervous and forget the words I hope that won't happen again no matter how many times I prepare for it I just can't get used to it and I really wish that I would. College so far has taught me to become a better person by asking questions to random people at the college and it really has helped me out quite a lot I am so glad. Not a bad idea I should find someone that has the same major as me so that I won't have to struggle no more won't that be a relief. Hurray right now though I am making friends and I will keep in touch with them so that we can get classes that we need together so I won't be nervous no more.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
4 Jan 11
Whenever i had to do an oral presentation in school, I always preferred working on my own. These kind of presentations in a group can get out of hand quickly. Choosing a spokesperson is how some of the trouble begins. One on one oral presentations are still the way I would choose to go.
@Kirinx (1693)
• United States
17 Apr 11
I agree with you there. :P
• Philippines
4 Jan 11
i dont like working in groups because the ideas might clash and there are bossy and passive/lazy people as well. some tend to be dependent. i prefer working alone in projects and school assignments.
@Kirinx (1693)
• United States
17 Apr 11
me too! :D i never had much fun working in groups as I did working solo.
@stanley777 (7177)
• Philippines
12 Nov 11
I am not really fond of oral presentations, they make me nervous before- when I was still studying. I prefer group activities, just a small group- so everyone can contribute, a project to be submitted not reported.
@Kirinx (1693)
• United States
17 Apr 11
EH this reminds me of when I was in high school I hated working in groups as much as you did and it was mostly because my group was lazy and didnt want to do anything..so I did the only thing I could and that was to fire my entire group and do the entire project on my own.
@Elixiress (3893)
4 Jan 11
To me he sounds like a good teacher, being a tough teacher means that he will teach you what you need to know so that you will get through your exams. I am not a fan of working in groups either, because as you said some people don't pull there weight. However, in the working world you will have to work in groups and some people will not pull their weight then either. You need to learn how to motivate this people, this will make group work much more enjoyable As for oral presentations, I quite enjoyed oral presentations as I am a confident person so as long as I am allowed a powerpoint presentation to prompt me, I do not need much preparation time to get a good grade. If you struggle to speak in front of people then you should find this teacher and his teaching style very helpful as he will help you to build your confidence and your presentation skills. You will need these in the working world. If you got an easier teacher, then you might have a good time, but you might not get through your exams and not gain any useful life skills.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
4 Jan 11
you are lucky that your english teacher give you those assignments because you need those skills when you go to work later on... team work and oral presentations... these two skills will help you a lot to find a job and develop your career... i used to get these kind of assignments as well when i was still in uni and i am grateful for that now... take care and have a nice day...
• Philippines
4 Jan 11
I've gotten over that oral presentation thing. It'll make you nervous at first but when you have carried it out to the middle of the presentation, the nervousness will all go away. Besides, no one really likes giving presentations in front of the class. It's just to train you to speak in public so you'll know how to handle yourself when the time comes that you need to do it professionally. Just go through with it anyway. You won't die doing after all.
@dodo19 (34284)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
4 Jan 11
I've never really liked giving oral presentations. I don't mind group work, but I still prefer doing individual work. But these two skills are the skills that we need to learn, as we need to use them later on, at some point. It might not be something that we want to do, but it's something that we have to do.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Jan 11
I'm more of a loner, but sometimes I like working in groups. I"m not fond of oral presentations, but I'm not afraid of them either.
@eileenleyva (10993)
• Philippines
4 Jan 11
I deem professors who constantly ask group reports indolent. Professors should be doing the teaching. The semester is so short for all the lessons that must be tackled. Ask around first for the teacher's reputation before you enroll next semester.
• Ecuador
3 Jan 11
Just like you, I don't like any oral presentations neither any group work. What I dislike about oral presentations is that I get really nervous talking to my class(that is a 50 people class). For that, when I have an oral exposition, I try to prepare the most, and investigate a lot about my topic, but then what I don't like is that many people in the class don't pay you attention. They're just talking to others or using their cell-phones, anything except paying the necessary attention. Then what I don't like about group work is that most of time people prefer to talk to others than doing the work.
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Jan 11
hi amime you are not alone and I am much much older. but I never enjoyed working in a group as so manytimes most of the group would hold back and leave the work to me and one other person. I like to do my own work and oh my when it comes time for an oral presentation I am so nervous and shaky I just hate it. I feel like everyone is thinking how stupid she sounds and all I want to do is run and hide. It did not get any better either when I went back to the U at 54 and had to give several presentations. Maybe there is something in our genes that makes it so hard for us to give oral presentations when others have no problems at all. Guess one like us just has to try a bit harder. good luck.