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Group Projects: Plan for Positive Results

Getting Started

Open communication and organization are important for a successful group project. This guide has tips and tools that will help you succeed and survive group projects.

  • Begin with introductions.
  • Create a group member contact sheet with emails and cell phone numbers
  • Choose a leader who will keep the group on track and keep communication lines open.
  • Plan when, where, and how you will meet and share information. 
  • Set goals and deadlines, but be flexible and pad your calendar to allow extra time.
  • Choose tasks for each group member, and don't forget to include deadlines. Make sure expectations are clear.
  • If your professor provided a grading rubric, make sure your project is on track to meet all of the requirements for an A.
  • Communicate with your professor, whether it's for clarification on the assignment or if your group has members who are not participating.
  • Ask your professor or a librarian if you need help. Don't wait until the last minute.

Source: Top tips for group work projects by University of Edinburgh Business School on YouTube

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Selected Planning Tools

Choose a tool or software in which to share information. There are a variety of options for collaborating. Find one that works best for you. These are a few examples:

Selected Scheduling Tools

If your group needs to meet face-to-face, use social media, group chat, or one of the many online scheduling tools to help you determine a good meeting time and date. These are a few examples:

Book a Space

Gould Memorial Library has rooms that can be reserved for group study and meetings. Choose a room that fits your group's needs.

Study Room

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Credit: How to Turn a Group of Strangers into a Team by Amy C. Edmondson for TED on YouTube.

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