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June 23, 2011 10:10 AM Subscribe
Group Project Skills: How do I overcome my instinctual desire to just work alone?
posted by These Birds of a Feather to Education (6 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I can't stand working in groups for academic projects. I could hack being on student film sets, largely because I was responsible for crafty (aka food) and that was fun, but when it comes to collaborating on papers, projects, and presentations, I get very antsy about making the grade with so many other cooks in the kitchen, so to speak.
Throughout middle school and high school I had to contend with group-mates plagiarizing enormous portions of our papers, not completing their portion of the presentation by the deadline, or disregarding agreed-upon standards for quality. It didn't matter how good of communicators we were; the disparity between work ethics and knowledge bases did us all in. Eventually I started weaseling out of group assignments by offering extra work to my teachers so that I could just do things my way. I've avoided most group projects ever since.
Now I'm in grad school and I can't escape, which means I need to get over my aversion to academic collaboration. I've already offered to be the final-product-maker so that I can be in charge of editing our paper and producing the visual end-game for what we're working on, but I hate how that pretty much equates to me not trusting these people. I don't feel like a team player. I want to be one.
What strategies can I use or consider to help my group be as successful as possible without going overboard?