(Closed) GRRRRR. I hate group work!!

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I concur.  I would MUCH rather do projects on my own.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Ugh group projects are awful. At least your member is somewhat active, I HATE the ones that just don’t even give a crap and bring your team down, especially if YOU are the only one who cares and the other members do not.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m doing 3 group projects right now, so I feel you. And I’m trying really hard to be motivated, since it’s my last semester. I’m doing as much work of my part ahead as I reasonably can so I don’t have to think about it anymore.

In my groups at least the majority of my people care, except one guy, who’s done nothing since the project started. Oh well. I’m graduating anyway, bitch.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I detested group work.  I teach college classes and I purposely avoid assigning anything with group projects because I remember how much I hated it.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

One of my biggest pet peeves in college.  I got a B on a group project when I did my part and deserved an A.  Ugh… so mad…

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I also hated group work.  I would usually take on the role of editor, which meant I could rewrite things as needed!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I’m SO glad I met a girl last semester who works exactly at my pace and to my standards! I’m genuinely upset we don’t have any classes together this semester. We had two major ones last semester, and having her made everything so much less stressful. 

Needless to say, we’re planning to coordinate our schedules next semester. I miss her already. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

As an instructor who assigns a major group work project for university students, I swear there’s a purpose! I also don’t assign the same grade to every group member; there’s a group grade based on quality of work, and then everyone evaluates their group members so there’s no hiding when you’re a slacker.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Haha, this thread just reminded me of when I was in grad school and taking a course that was mixed grad/undergrad. My group had to write a final paper and do a project. The one other competent girl in the group took charge of the project, and I agreed to head up the paper. I tried to get input all weekend from my two “helpers,” and they didn’t respond at all, so I just wrote the paper (no problem, that’s fine.) THEN, the one guy writes me, tells me he has “managed to fix the minor grammatical errors in the paper,” and no joke, just gives me back my paper with about 30 extra commas (it was only 5 pages long). Now, I don’t think I’m a brilliant writer, but I did receive the “best graduate paper” award two years in a row, and co-authored papers with my professor, so i’m certainly competent. Here is what i got from him (just a sample):

Although, many musicians have been heavily criticized for making implied threats in a song, or for expressing controversial ideas, or issues involving death, through their music, there have been many songs written throughout history that can inspire, motivate, or influence people’s attitudes on death, and also on how they should live. 

I don’t know what the poor guy was thinking… I just turned in the original draft.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

@kittyface:  Yeah, but some people are just not honest so I don’t agree with having a student evaluate another student on group projects. I agree with individual ones as the grades are specifically for one person. If you have a student that is a straight A and then she has a B or C because of a group project, that really puts a damper on things for that straight A student! Could put them into a depression or worse.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think some group projects have a legitimate purpose, and if they’re thought out and there are safeguards to prevent both someone taking over too much and someone slacking off, I’m not opposed to them on principle. BUT, I do think they are overused. A lot. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Group projects are the worst.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Hated it. Someone always ended up not doing any of the work and I ended up doing double because I cared more about the grade.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@happyface:  but the student should learn to be an advocate for his/her grades.  if they deserved the A, they could speak to the professor. 

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