Group projects. By now, you realize that they can be a blessing and a curse because you have to deal with the people you’re given. The truth is these group exercises are also exercises in life because, in the workplace, you’re going to experience the same exact types of people. Perhaps, not to the extreme that you’ll experience in group projects (sometimes, more of an extreme) but, throughout your academic career, you’ve likely noticed that there are several distinct types of group member personalities. However, you still may not have discovered how to deal with each character. Don’t worry – we have tips on how to approach each person’s to better handle situations, know where they’re coming from and, ultimately work together so that you can work together to achieve the grade you’re all hoping for.While we may not have every personality type down, most students will more or less fit into one of the following descriptions, allowing you to gain a little more insight into where their head might be at and how you might be able to better work with them. You will likely even recognize yourself in one of the descriptions! Check out the following types of student personalities you’re likely to encounter in a group project and how you can learn to approach the person and situation to obtain a positive outcome (and grade):How you’ll recognize this person: You know they’re in your group because you’ve confirmed with your teacher three times and she swears they’re actually in your class, though, come to think of it, she’s never actually seen them either. Once in a while they’ll respond to an email with some sort of a vague response, neither confirming nor denying that they’ll actually attend a group meeting, but you know in your heart of hearts not to get your hopes up.How to handle the situation: Unfortunately, this person doesn't really offer much in terms of opportunity to work with to make this better. This is a scenario where you don’t have much of a choice other than to speak to your professor about getting the person removed from your group. If you don’t, each member of the group (or, in some cases, one member) will have to end up doing the person’s extra work which isn't fair for anyone involved.
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