3 Tips for a Less Painful Group Project

Friday, September 12, 2014


This year I was destined to discover the nasty truth about the final years of being a business major: group project mania. Even as an introvert and perfectionist, I really have nothing against working with other people, as long as I don't have to talk much and I get to have complete control over everything that receives a grade. Sadly this does not mesh well with real life. Therefore group projects are the least exciting type of academic projects in my book.

If you are a business major and you have not been told about group projects, consider this you're fair warning. You will have at least one project per class after sophomore year.

Due to this unexpected wake-up call to real business life, I have found three tips which make life a tiny bit easier.

1. The Group Contract

This clever idea was actually created by a friend of mine. At the conception of the group, a contract is created that states all requirements and responsibilities of each member based on personal standards and the project guidelines. Our latest contract covers everything from attendance to proper business attire (within the same color scheme). After agreed upon, each member signs it and we approach the professor with it. Some professors may think it's stupid and blow it off completely. Nevertheless, it can still be used in complete dire situations where one person ruins everything and you have evidence that the grade you "received" was not the one you "earned". Luckily most professors seem to be pretty content with the idea so give it a shot.

2. Google Hangouts

Personally, taking time to schedule multiple group meetings in person to work on a paper or presentation is a hassle. With a little bit of Google Plus "training" for fellow groupies, the hassle is lessened! You can be in your PJs at ten at night and meet with your new business BFFs  with the vast power of Google Hangouts. Webcams are completely optional and you can even screen share to help explain things. Overall, it is an introvert's favorite tool.

3. Google Docs

Rather than having multiple versions of notes or a paper floating around, you can use an editable Google Doc. This keeps you from searching to find paper version 4.2.1 an hour before the due date. Everyone is able to always have the updated version and edit it easily in their browser. Technology has saved us all from the attack of "new version" files being thrown in every email.

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