What To Do When Your Group Project Doesn’t Go As Planned
There comes a time in everyone’s life where you reflect on just how terrible your group members are. But as horrible as they can be, always remember that you are not alone.
Students across every college campus have cried the same tears of frustration. If you ever feel like it is too much to handle, just remember that murder is a crime and that one way or another enough the project will end.
One of the biggest challenges is learning to deal with the unexpected. More often than not, things do not go as planned and you have to improvise, and that can be a challenge. Learning how to deal with the unexpected can be difficult, but you can’t give up.
How To Handle No-Shows
I have always hated scheduling group meetings outside of class. It’s such a hassle. Everyone has a different schedule, and it can be a lot of work trying to figure out what “works” for everybody.
For your own sanity, try not to stress so much. If they can’t make the meeting, then expect them to keep up with their part of the project.
How To Handle Missing Work
Unfortunately, there are people who just don’t do the work. They slack off and weigh down the whole group. All you can do is talk to them. If they don’t respond, then it’s time to take it to the next level.
You can’t force someone to do their part, but you can make sure you professor knows the situation. It’s not about being immature or a “snitch,” it’s about fairness. If that person is not willing to do their part, then they shouldn’t get credit for it.
That is how the real world works. No one is going to take up the slack for you when you enter the workforce, so don’t let your lazy group members get away with it now.
How to Handle a Group Presentation Gone Wrong
After all the effort your group put in the project, it’s your time to shine. Sometimes that shine is dimmed by technical difficulties or an unprepared group member. If this happens to you, don’t sweat it. The worst thing you can do is freak out; it doesn’t help you in any way. Just take a deep breath and continue from where you left off.
If the problem is a technical difficulty, your professor will understand and give you another chance. If your group member is unprepared, then before presenting make sure that everyone has a general idea of what everybody is supposed to say. That way, if someone flakes out mid-presentation, the rest of you can save the project.
Expecting the Unexpected
Unfortunately, all these situations have been fairly common in group projects since the beginning of time. Life will always throw the unexpected at you and expect you to do something about it.
It is frustrating at times, and sometimes you get discouraged, but learn to view the whole experience as a life lesson. How you decide to handle the situation will help shape you as a person. So learn to breathe, take things step by step and remember the project will be over soon.