Group work is an important part of the assessment process enabling students to collaborate on a piece of academic work through joint analysis, discussions and exploring ideas. This collaboration should cultivate a constructive relationship with team members working towards a shared goal of learning and development. Group work allows individuals to develop their communication and negotiation skills alongside gaining experience of teamworking, a key requirement for many graduate jobs.
Set clear expectations at the beginning
Spend some time in the first meeting agreeing targets and ground rules. For example, regularity and method of meeting and communication.
Ensure there is a shared understanding of the assignment, working out a rough timeline and deciding how tasks will be distributed to work to the strengths of each individual.
Each of the group members should be aware of the behavioural expectations of working in a group and agree that they will adhere to these:
If you are experiencing any problems in your group, and finding it difficult to resolve issues – it is important that you get in contact with your module leader as soon as possible.
For further resources on group work https://library.leeds.ac.uk/info/1401/academic_skills/110/group_work/2