The 3 Different Types Of Group Members

The 3 Different Types Of Group Members

It doesn’t matter if you’re in Middle School, High School, or Post Secondary School – we are all familiar with the drop in our stomach as the teacher announces, “this is a group assignment – and I’m choosing your partners.” Had you at least been given the chance to make your own group, you could have collaborated with the students you know that share the same mindset and work ethic as you.

Unfortunately, that is not the case.

You must now spend the next few weeks conversing with the Know-It-All, The Unmotivated, and The Procrastinator.

Good luck.

Our teachers frequently tell us that group work is preparing us for our futures in a professional workplace. That is the hard truth. Regardless if you plan on going into a career involving presentations and projects, learning to socialize with different personalities can make you an overall better person and employee.

Make an effort in working things out however if needed, don’t be afraid to seek help from your teacher.

By learning to respect and embrace your peers’ personalities, you will work with them more efficiently and hopefully avoid stressful, head clashing arguments. You have to learn to accept that people are different and from there, you must choose your actions and words appropriately.

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The “know it all” student struggles with trusting others to do their work out of fear of failing.

They seek dominance and persistently force their ideas onto the group to have a final project as they envisioned. They’re not often interested in other people’s opinions so it is important to remind them that it’s group work and everyone’s voice deserves to be heard. By implicating a majority wins rule, the student will lose complete control and be forced to work with other ideas.

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The “unmotivated” student is the member you may actually fear assigning work to.

Simply watching a persons actions and work ethics in class, will most likely reflect how they will work in a group. Regardless if they’re capable of completing the work, they’ll deprioritize the group and the assignment. By relying on them to complete a portion of the work, you are depending on them to give their full effort, if completing the work at all. It is important to be assertive with this person. Threaten to remove them from the group unless they put in an effort and complete what was assigned.

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The “procrastinator” is capable of completing the work and has every intention of doing so, at their own pace that is.

They will be attentive at the meetings and share their opinions however your project has been deprioritized, once again. It may take late night phone calls or persistent Facebook messages but sure enough, you will get the required work. Stay persistent and emphasis the urgency, especially if it’s Sunday night and your responsibility is to finalize and print the project.

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Those are three of the many personalities you’ll encounter in school and your workplace. It’s important to be patient as a group and rely on each other for help when necessary. Remain calm in stressful situations and put your foot down when necessary.

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8 Ways To Balance The Chaos In Your Life

8 Ways To Balance The Chaos In Your Life

Being a student comes with the stress of getti0ng good greats, attending class and complementing all homework assignments on time.

Being an employee comes with the stress of abiding by a work schedule, representing an employer and saving an acceptable amount of money.

Being human comes with the stress of maintaining a good sleep pattern, social life, and an overall, healthy lifestyle.

In other words – it’s the 20-something juggling act.

It’s important to work hard and achieve what you need, but it’s also important to maintain sanity and take time out of your busy schedule to breathe. When you become overwhelmed, remember that you’re not the only one.

Everyone gets stressed and spends their days frantically running around trying to complete everything that needs to be done. How many times do you hear someone say “there’s not enough hours in the day?” The key is to be efficient and use your time wisely.

Some things to consider:

  • If you have a part-time job, limit your availability at work to 1 or 2 shifts a week during the school year. Change it to open availability during Christmas break, Spring break and summer.
  • Keep organized. Input tests, assignment due dates, special events and your work schedule into a calendar, agenda or your cell phone. This will prevent you from forgetting something important and ensure that you have everything completed in time.
  • Take necessary breaks like grabbing a coffee with a friend, going to the gym or spending more time at the dinner table with your roommate or family. It’s important to remember to enjoy life and release the stress before it becomes overwhelming.
  • Don’t leave homework assignments and studying to the last minute. Giving yourself as much time as possible will cause you less stress and your work will be better as a result.
  • When your friends are at the bar while you’re working,  or skipping class while you’re attentively taking notes, keep focused on your goal and the successful future you have ahead of you. Peer pressure is an added aspect to the juggling act, it’s important to say no when necessary. If they are truly your friends, they will respect you.
  • Be fortunate for your opportunities. A lot of students have trouble finding a job due to the economy, lack of experience or poor availability. These students are potentially putting themselves in a position to be financially unstable and hold an unimpressive resume.
  • Limit your use of time wasting events. This means Facebook, Twitter, and other time-consuming websites. Don’t concern yourself with other people’s lives when YOURS is the priority.
  • Don’t base your schedule around the TV schedule. Tape your favorite shows or watch them online when you have free time. Don’t cut a study session short or stay up late to watch a show when you can watch it at a better time and accomplish more instead.

So, welcome to reality.

Welcome to the responsibilities that come along with growing up and being mature.

Your hard work will pay off, that’s a promise. You are on the path to make not only yourself but those around you proud. Remember to stay focused, organized and prioritized. Turn to the people you love for support and motivation, even if things are hard, they’re harder when you’re doing it alone.

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