21 August 2017
Throughout the duration of your time at ARU, you may find yourself in a position where you need to work alongside others for a task. This could be in class as you participate in discussion, during an observation or as part of an assessment.For my course, a number of times one of my assessment criteria has been working in a group to create and deliver a presentation. Regardless of what it is you have been asked to do, working within a team is a skill you will use time and time again once you graduate and in everyday life.
Sometimes you can come across issues within the group that need addressing. If someone isn’t pulling their weight and you feel like you are doing all the work, tell them. Not aggressively, but be honest and speak to them. It may just be that they didn’t realise. Or they may be having personal issues that you aren’t aware of. Most of the time, if you address any problems within the group, it can be sorted fairly easily. Equally, if you are under external pressure and it is starting to affect your productivity into the group, talk to the other members. A good group will work together to find a solution.
Group work can be scary, especially in your first year when you don’t know anyone so you don’t know how they work. Inevitably, those first few instances of group work will be trial and error. However, once you find people with whom you work well with, it is nice to be able to revert back to these groupings in the future. You know you work well together, that you think in a similar way and tackle tasks similarly. All this should, realistically, convert to producing work that you are happy with. Therefore, it is always nice to find those people that you work really well with. I have my ‘go to’ group of friends with whom I work very well with, so I feel comfortable tacking those group tasks now.