Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.

Henry Ford

While we all know teamwork is important for finishing assignments, working in groups can be a real challenge for some. If you’ve ever been in a group project, you’ve probably faced some issues. Things don’t always go as planned, and sometimes you end up doing more work than you were supposed to.

The dynamics among team members often influence their level of commitment to an assignment. But here’s an interesting thought: these assignments are actually preparing you for success in the real world.
Don’t believe me? Here are some benefits of group assignments and ways you can manage them.

Benefits of group assignments

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Learning to work in a team involves understanding when to contribute your thoughts and when to listen. You’ll develop important collaboration skills through active listening, being open to suggestions, and managing disagreements in a positive way.

And here’s an added benefit: you might also establish lasting relationships with your classmates. These connections could come in handy as job references down the line or simply as good friends to have a chat with.

Life lessons from group assignments

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A simple group project can offer valuable lessons that are applicable to the real world.

It’s possible that at times you’ll contribute more effort than others, showing that fairness isn’t always guaranteed. This teaches us that sometimes you just have to step up and do what’s necessary.

Additionally, you’ll come to realize the significance of setting aside your own viewpoint and help someone else’s vision come to life. Through collaboration, you’ll also recognize the value of sharing recognition.

Ways to manage group assignments

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Communication, respect, and comfort are essential factors in successful group work!

Remember that everyone has commitments beyond school, so it’s important to plan meetings in advance, considering everyone’s schedules. Meetings should be a safe space without judgment. What sets group assignments apart is the opportunity for interaction, so every member should feel at ease expressing their thoughts.

And of course, never forget the value of being respectful.

We understand that not all group projects are smooth sails. Don’t worry; IGNITE is here to support you.

You can reach out to the Conflict Resolution Clinic (CRC), located at the Longo Faculty of Business. The clinic is fully equipped to assist you with any disputes, disagreements, or issues that arise during your group assignments.

Group projects inspire you? Join one of IGNITE Clubs or start your own!

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