The Perks of Group Assignments
Whether you like it or not, throughout your university experience you will encounter several group assignments. Don’t fret though, because if you make it work well, group assignments can lead to many enjoyable perquisites.
1. More Friends!
Group assignments are a great way to venture out of your comfort zone and meet people you might not have had the chance to prior. While meeting new people can be quite daunting, try and go into it optimistic and excited. Everyone is in the same position as you after all.
Plus, you will be working alongside a group of peers for a few weeks or months. Quite a long time, but if you make it work well… Who knows, you might meet your next best friend group!
2. You Learn More About Yourself
When you collaborate with a group of people, you will naturally learn everyone’s strengths and weaknesses. For example, if someone is better at public speaking or if someone is more organised. Personal traits like this will become more noticeable and in return, you will also notice yours too.
By being self-aware and knowing your strengths and weaknesses you will be able to optimise productivity and achieve better results. Everyone can’t be good everything, so it’s important to find out what your teammates strengths and weaknesses are so you can allocate the jobs accordingly and optimise productivity.
3. Ideas Galore
Have you ever been stuck for ideas? Or had a mental blank? It’s the worst and something everyone struggles with from time to time. The benefit of working in a group though, is that you can brainstorm and bounce ideas off each other until something sticks. After all, multiple brains are better than one.
4. Gain Skills
Working with a group of people as a team provides an abundance of opportunities to improve and gain valuable skills necessary for any workplace. By working as a team, you will be able to improve your communication, delegation and negotiation skills. All highly important skills that can only be gained via group scenarios such as university group assignments.
If your group does start to drift away from the common objective, try and practice these skills and lead your team to victory. Every group needs a project manager and by assisting your team they will respect you more and value your contribution.