I'm incredibly frustrated and I just need to vent.

posted 1 year ago in College
Post # 16
276 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

impatient1 :  also you should read about intrinsic motivation. You can motivate people without any tangible incentives if you know what makes them tick. Public group accountability is a great way to do this because most people will do their work so they’re not humiliated when it’s time to report back to the group. 

Post # 17
3897 posts
Honey bee

Group projects = lazy professor. No one will ever convince me otherwise. Sorry OP, been there and it sucked.

Post # 18
370 posts
Helper bee

sunburn :  Haha, nope. Professor here. University encourages us to incorporate certain elements into courses. This is one of them. To some extent, we are evaluated on these elements. It does build certain skills but the problems illustrated in this post are annoying to deal with as a professor and even more annoying to the student. I don’t have many group assignments and I keep any group assignment small for this reason.

Post # 19
370 posts
Helper bee

kiraleann :  I am a professor. No great advice but I agree with previous posters, try to get documentation. Lack of documentation makes it hard to deal with as a professor. Unfortunately, be prepared to do the project yourself. Hopefully the assignment isn’t that large.

Post # 20
1305 posts
Bumble bee

I think all of us have been there.  I didn’t have a ton of group projects when I was in PT school, but I did for my undergrad classes and I always hated them.  I’d rather take a final exam with no prep than do a group project.

I feel for you.  Hopefully it will be over soon.

Post # 21
191 posts
Blushing bee

Everyone hates group projects and I’m sure most professors are aware that not everyone carries their weight equally when these things are assigned.  I’m not a professor but if I was and a college student came to me about things not being fair in their group, I probably would not step in to help.  Maybe I’m mean but when you’re in college, you’re an adult now and you have to figure out how to work with others and solve problems on your own.  

When I was in school we used google docs for group projects.  We’d set up a time line for when certain parts of the project had to be completed but everyone could contribute to the shared doc on their own time.  I found group meetings to rarely be productive except for the initial meeting to divide up the project and the final meeting to prepare for the presentation if there was one.  Work smarter, not harder.  

Post # 22
2466 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

This is why I always hated group projects! Sorry Bee.

Post # 23
640 posts
Busy bee

I had at least one group project per semester for 4 years and only ever had to kick one person out. Did everyone pull their own weight? Not always. But I still learned a lot about my own time management skills and how much I’m willing to put on my plate before I need to ask for help from a group member or professor. I think it’s helped me a lot in my job now because sometimes people CANT do the work. So yeah they show up 0% of the time and do 0% of the work and still get paid but I’m not mad about it either. Life happens, emergencies suck, you have to be able to pick up the slack when someone else can’t. You also have to be able to let a coworker or boss know when you’re in over your head and need help to complete a task, meet a deadline, etc. 

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