At some point during your degree you will be asked to coordinate with several of your peers to achieve a set task that is greater than a single person can manage. You will need to organise, communicate and negotiate to do this successfully.
Why is it important?
Being able to work successfully with others towards a common goal will be a skill of value throughout your working life. Collaboration and cooperation allow you to learn from and benefit your peers by pooling expertise, and you will learn more about yourself as well as the topic.
How do we do it?
Figure out what everyone is the group is good at, so they can play to their strengths. Brainstorm the task, establish clearly what needs to be done and a timeline for completion, and meet in person or online regularly to share progress, knowledge and resources.
Student tips (45 seconds)
Use communication and document sharing tools effectively to keep your project on track.
Key terms for group work
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