Working in Groups

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Working in groups Throughout your life, both at university and work, you will be asked to work within a group or team. Some students feel intimidated by this and find the process difficult. This advice sheet provides some hints on making group work effective and less stressful. Benefits of group work .... 1 Effective groups …. 1 Key stages of group work …. 1 Skills needed for group work …. 2 Communication …. 4 Giving feedback …. 4 Dealing with problems …. 4 What are the benefits of group work? Courses include group work so that you can: • share ideas and experience • learn from and help each other • find alternative ways of solving problems • draw on everyone’s strengths & experiences • enhance the quality of output • develop essential team working skills needed for use throughout your career. What makes a group effective? For group work to be effective you need to need to be able to understand how groups work; evaluate the skills, in other words the strengths and weaknesses of individuals and use this to the best advantage of the group; and be able to plan and manage tasks. These skills can be developed and enhanced through practice. Key stages of group work 1. Setting ground rules 2. Defining objectives 3. Establishing roles 4. Delegating the tasks 5. Plan of action with deadlines 5. Plan of action 6. Monitoring progress and completing the task. 7. Evaluating your performance. Skills needed for effective group work 1. Communication • Discussion • Listening • Diplomacy • Body language • Dealing with feedback • Minute / note taking 2. Time management • Being on time for meetings • Setting realistic deadlines • Meeting task deadlines 3. Problem solving • Brainstorming • Mind maps 4. Reflection 1 Key stages of group work 1. Setting the ground rules Any team needs to be guided by a common set of rules that are shared amongst and understood
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