As a “non-traditional” student, I find that finishing my degree is very challenging. The university I go to doesn’t really take into considerations students like me. Granted, most students who go there are your typical college student who live on or near campus and either don’t work, or work part time.
Two of my classes require group projects. The one class I have only has one group project with a lot of other assignments that are not part of the group work. Let me start my reasoning why group projects don’t work based off of this group experience thus far.
For one thing, we all have different schedules and it’s extremely hard to meet up together. Yesterday we decided to have a Skype meeting at 3pm. Needless to say I spent an hour waiting. One group member and I Skyped for about ten minutes before the other two group members finally joined. By this time it was ten after four. We chatted for about ten minutes not really accomplishing anything and that was that. To me, that was over an hour of my life wasted waiting on others to get a job done that I could have easily done myself.
Another reason why group projects are a terrible idea is this: NO MATTER HOW YOU DEVISE THEM, SOMEONE ALWAYS GETS STUCK DOING MORE THAN OTHERS!
My next reason based off of this group is this: when you don’t even know the due dates for each part of the project, where do you begin?
With that said, group project one is really just frustrating.
Now, let’s move on to why group projects should never be assigned based off of my other group.
The other class is all group papers. We have to write four group papers – two of which are due tomorrow. I’m paired with four senior boys who quite frankly give zero f***s if they pass or fail.
Since I work full time and go to school full time, I asked the members of my group to submit their part of each paper by March 3rd. Well, it is now March 5th at 7:35pm and I’m sitting here writing the last paper because one person didn’t turn their part in.
I tried explaining to this group of gents that I work Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4am to 4:30pm. I also tried explaining that I wake up for work at 2am so I don’t stay up late.
Now before I get to the great part, let me just say that for this group not only have I had to take on editing and formatting the paper into APA format, but I’ve also had to be on two of these guys to get work from them.
Now, it’s the night before both papers are due and while I should be sleeping, instead I am writing another part for our final paper due to another teammate’s lack of care.
Why put your students through this? GROUPS DO NOT MAKE SCHOOL EASIER FOR EVERYONE!
Someone always ends up working very hard for the entire group, while someone just skates by with a grade they don’t deserve.
I beg you all, please think before you give group projects. They only way they are beneficial is that the teacher has less papers/projects to grade.