(Closed) Group Assignments – Ugh!

posted 5 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Ugh, I always hated group projects. I always got stuck with the same group of people that never did anything. I had to bust my butt to get the entire project done while they got on Facebook and complained about how hard the project… Psh. 

Hopefully you’ll get a good grade, and not have to deal with too many of these group projects. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Excited To Bee:  You’re a better person than I am for being nice, I don’t know that I would have been able to do the same. If you put as much effort into it as your post implies, then I’m sure you’ll get a good grade on it. 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Excited To Bee:  I. Hate. Group. Projects.

What is the point? Inevitably some students drag others up or down. The only rationale I can think is to teach teamwork. Well hello, if I wanted to learn teamwork I would have enrolled in Teamwork 101. Having someone else’s work drag my grade down (or drag it down indirectly because I end up spending all my time on that project instead of other subjects) frustrates me no end.

I’ve got no advice, I’m just letting you know I’ve been there too.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I hate group assignments with a PASSION. My first assignment in my undergraduate degree, I ended up basically doing three people’s work and got a crap mark as a result – I passed, but it was easily the worst mark of my educational career. I was devastated.

I’m doing a Masters of Teaching now and every single subject has group projects- UGH. Fortunately, we usually choose our own groups and I’ve made two good friends who share the same study habits and work ethic as me!

Hopefully you get a decent mark and you don’t have to work with those people again, OP!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I hated Group projects in school….it’s always the same, 1 or 2 people do all the work while the rest are lazy, but get a good grade because of the other persons or people’s hard work!….not fair….In college I did have a professor that would do group projects, but grade individually so that one person cold not get away with not doing any work…….hope all goes well….

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My university is piloting a new kind of class structure called an active learning laboratory. As part of this teaching structure you are assigned to a 9 person group for the entire semester. About 70% of your grade is based on group work. Wrangling a semester long project and 8 other people can get ridiculous. I have taken 4 of these classes, and once took 2 at a time over the summer course which was insane. I did about 80% of the group work in the first class and I was about ready to have a mental breakdown by the end of the semseter. Luckily though people get a lot better at these classes as you get higher up and the teamwork is smoother. Your best friend for group papers is google docs, simultaneous real time editing. All those changes your group member wanted to make? She could have done them herself.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Group projects drive me CRAZY, especially in higher education…

As an elementary teacher, being able to work in groups is something we have to include in our lessons; however, I really, really don’t see the point of them when you enroll yourself in school.

That being said, I have to complete a group project next Saturday… in a 6000-level class. Sweet.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t like them much either. I have to do group projects for two of my classes. In my first class, it’s just me and another person, and she is great. I love working with her.

BUT, in another class, there are five people total in the group, and only one other person ever does anything. I keep trying to contact the other three people, but never get a response. We have to start working on a huge project soon, and I’m really worried about it.

My FI takes online classes too, and hates the group work. He always spends more time fixing other people’s mistakes than actually writing his part of the paper out. He doesn’t understand how people that can’t spell, use proper grammar, or do research are getting Master’s degrees.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Excited To Bee: I had never even heard of google docs the first time my group wanted to use it to coordinate, but I picked it up pretty quickly. If your groupmates are college aged I would think they would be able to do the same. It also helps that our university email account funnels through google so we all already had access.

The last time I wrote a paper with a difficult group we proofread it together. My college has a private study space that the rest of the university cannot access. Inside it is a projector, so we put the paper up on the screen and went through it line by line as a group. It was tedious, but worth it. It made the 3 who weren’t pulling their weight see exactly what was wrong with their sections and how under par it was compared to the other contributions. This only worked because we had 4 people like you and the other 2, while not as organized, were fully willing to pull their weight. The 6 of us shamed the other 3 into doing their parts correctly.

I’m glad you got a good grade on your paper.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

@Excited To Bee:  Glad you got an A! I absolutely hate group projects like that. One person always ends up doing the bulk of the work and that person was usually me.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@jwdesiree:  I’ve been learning the same thing in my teaching degree. The problem is, group work seems to be beneficial to most students EXCEPT those who could be classified as ‘gifted and talented’. Other students do well when paired up with these kids, but the G&T kids’ work doesn’t really improve as a result. My main interest is in gifted and talented education so I am not a fan!

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t blame you for your frustration. Group projects just drive me crazy; I constantly feel like I’m the one who has to take control over everything because if I don’t, then we’ll all fail :/.

Good job on the A :).

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