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Group Projects Galore

Posted by Victoria Barner on Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Perhaps you remember my group projects from various semesters. Group projects are not always my favorite, but I’ve come to appreciate them more in my time here in college and I’ve done quite a few of them–many that span over the entirety of the semester. This semester continues to have a plethora of unique projects–and over my many group projects, I’ve found some common threads. Here’s a list of some things nearly every group project involves. Consider this your official group project guide.

1. Whenisgood. You can’t work on your project if you don’t have a time to meet together! Whenisgood is an essential tool for finding a meeting time for everyone in the group, and it is super handy and easy to use.

Sometimes, this happens. Not so good.

2. A meeting spot. Thankfully, Vanderbilt is full of them–whether it’s an empty classroom or a table in Sarratt, there’s always a quiet spot where you and your group of whatever size can get together.

3. Google Drive. I kid you not, this is essential. It is the hub and lifeblood of group projects. In fact, for my recent presentation for Shakespeare and Literary theory, our group created the project presentation outline on a Google Doc. Also handy–the Google Powerpoint feature which lets your whole group edit a slideshow at the same time. We have Google Drive tied in with our Vandy e-mails, which makes everything extra convenient.

You will see this sidebar much and learn to love it.

4. Communication. Whether it’s a group text message or an on-going e-mail thread, it’s super important that your group has a way to stay in touch! Here at Vandy, most students check their e-mail as often (if not more) than they check their text messages, so either option works well.

5. To-Do Lists. I’m a little biased due to my love of lists, but nothing could be easier then having one set list of what needs to be done and who is doing it! It’s also handy to have an agenda for meetings to make sure you stay on track!

Those are the top 5 things that come to mind concerning group projects–keep them in mind and you’re sure to succeed!

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