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How to nail a group assignment when your group partners aren't doing their job

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Everyone will encounter this a few times during their school years or career. A group assignment that needs to be handed in, but the communication is bad, people aren't doing what they're supposed to do, everyone has different ideas and it's just not working. It results in everyone being frustrated, you leave everything to do last minute and you feel like you are doing all the work. How to deal with that?

YOU need to communicate, even if others are not
Even if no one else is communicating, make sure that you do. Tell them exactly what your doing or where you are when you can't respond. If one of you is making progress, then maybe others will follow and take over your job. Maybe they will tell you what they are doing in return and you can take a step forward.

Make sure you have planning
You are not bound to a planning and you can change it during the progress, but make sure that it's clear what everyone has to do. Even if the others aren't doing your job, do yours, because that will make the progress go forward at least. It's also important to ask questions. When you have written a piece, ask someone to review it for you or ask another member of your team if they want to take over and write that certain piece.

Don't do all the work yourself
Even if it's important that you tell your partners what you are doing and that you are doing your job, it is also important to make sure that you are not doing all the work. Tell the others that you aren't available to work on it anymore for the rest of the day and tell the others what the things are that still need to be done for the rest of day. Don't answer any questions for the remainder of the day and let them do their job.

Let the others know that you are not happy with their work ethic
If you are frustrated, don't keep it all in. That won't serve the problem. As I said before, communication is the key, so make sure that the others understand that you aren't happy with the way things are going. There needs to be a balance of course. You don't want to scare them away or brake into a fight, but let them know. That way they can do something about it and maybe it will al work out.

Don't let frustration get in the way of your work ethic
Being frustrated can result in feeling like you should just stop working. Like it won't matter how much work you do, you are not getting any further. Or feeling frustrated that no one is doing anything, so you should stop doing things too. You feel like people are taking advantage of you (that is of course not okay), but others might be frustrated too. You are not the only who wants to do well or get a good grade, so make sure you still do your job.

If all else fails, tell your group members that it isn't working out for you and that you'd rather do it alone.

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  1. Great tips! Other people's lazy attitudes have always ruined group work for me :(

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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    1. Thank you. It happens so often, especially when you're working in a big group and it can be really frustrating.

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  2. I love this post! I always have this problem when I have to work in groups... I think I'll follow your advice next time instead of just doing all the work myself like I always do...

    Be | lovefrombe

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    1. Thank you soo much :) you shouldn't do all the work yourself, it will just make you more frustrated and that can never be good. If it's really not working out, I think it's always better to just work alone then to let others benefit from your hard work. They should put in some effort as well.

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  3. This was exactly the post I needed right now in my life, I'm currently working on a group assignment for uni so these tips come in really helpful! Thanks for sharing! :)
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    1. Yeah I was working on a group assignment when this happened and I wrote out these tips as a way to help myself as well. Good luck with your assignment!

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