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Video: How to Effectively Handle Group Projects

Working with a group on a class project isn't the easiest, but we all have to do it at some point. Get tips on how to successfully work together here!

Whether you enjoy working on group projects or not, we all need to know how to effectively work on class projects with others. Teachers and professors often don’t allow students to pick their partners, so you have to learn to get along with who you’re put with. And group projects (or projects in general) may not be every member’s strong suit, meaning there might be a time when you need to be the leader and make sure everything runs smoothly. When that happens, you’re going to want to know what to do, so student vlogger Isabella has three key tips to help you manage your group and successfully get everything done efficiently and on time.

The top three tips for effective group projects

These key tips for group projects are helpful for both high school and college students in not only making for a great project but developing crucial life skills like communication, time management, and leadership. Here’s what you should know:

1. Define everyone’s roles

Use your teammates’ unique skills to the group’s advantage. If someone is a good artist, have them draw pictures; if another classmate has good handwriting, have them take all your notes. When people have defined roles and specific responsibilities, they’re more likely to get the work done.

2. Communicate often

Explain your ideas, plans, and what you think the best strategy for the project is—but also be open to everyone else’s ideas if they speak up. Being able to communicate effectively will help you contribute ideas to the group, make sure everyone is on the same page, and ensure that everyone feels heard and a part of the team.

3. Make a plan

Make a plan to gather what you need (research, data, pictures, etc.). Having an organized plan will help you lay out everything you need to fulfill the requirements of the assignment, and once you know what you need, you’ll be able to more easily assign roles to each team member.

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Working in a group can actually be great if you give it a chance! Having more than one person working on a project brings fresh perspectives for a stronger final product. If you learn to work well with your team and help them stay organized with these tips,  you’ll be finding your way to A+ worthy projects in no time.

For more advice on being productive and successful in your schoolwork, check out our Majors and Academics section.

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