Learning Support tip n°4

Successful teamwork in a group work project can be a very stimulating and satisfying learning experience, but all too often tensions arise in a group due to the differing expectations. Ways to organize group work successfully include:

  1. At the beginning of the project agree together on who is responsible for which part of the project
  2. Set weekly deadlines for task completion. As a group, check what has been completed what has not been completed and why not.
  3. Take decisions democratically, after discussion with all group members. However, once a decision has been agreed on, stick to it. Do not allow group members to waste time by going back on previously agreed decisions.
  4. If you are unable to resolve issues within your group, do not hesitate to contact your faculty member.

See 8 Characteristics of High-Performing Teams (and How to Build One) for further information about successful group work (4 minute read).