Group Projects

  1. I am working in a group project for math and I really don't know what to do because my group won't help. We didn't get to pick who we worked with and I am ending up doing all the work. It is due friday and so far I have written the entire research report and done half the math involved. I think it is unfair because it's not my job to motivate them to do their work, they're in college because they want to be. I don't want my grade to fall because they are too lazy to work. I've talked to the instructor and she says that the goal of the project is to "work together" so I can't just turn in a separate report for myself (although it would be easier since I've done all the work!) What should I do? I kept making deadlines for when we were going to have things ready and my group members either didn't show up for the meeting at all, or were unprepared wheras I'm working my a** off. Now the project is due and I'm going to have to rush to get it all in, plus I have a separate research paper due in another class on friday so I'm not going to get any sleep. What should I do to get my group moving?

    Keely
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   dianacs
    I don't know...it sucks when your grade depends on other people to do their weight. Possibly you could document the unmet deadlines and individual assignments given to the group members and turn that in with the project. And maybe let the others know that you will be documenting their lack of performance. Not that that will win you any popularity points.
  4. by   Keely-FutureRN
    Yes, we do get to grade eachother on their participation which factors into their individual grade, I don't know how much though...... :angryfire

    Keely
  5. by   Katnip
    I hate group projects. Right now I'm finishing up a powerpoint presentation for my group. Not one person gave me any input. When I showed them the rough version, hoping for some addition to the content, the response I got was "Where are the pictures?"

    If I weren't so intent on graduating, I'd have told them they can just do their own presentation.
  6. by   babynursewannab
    You need to do what you can and work with what you've got.

    What you need to do now is guarantee yourself the best grade possible. Look at it this way, by you doing the work (which has to be done anyway) you are not at the mercy of anyone else screwing the project up. The reason you are the one doing everything (if the situation is anything like the ones I am ALWAYS in) is that you actually CARE.

    Take a deep breath. If you've truly done all you can to change the situation, then just accept it this time and grudgingly pull the taggers behind. I know that sounds like awful advice, but why waste any more energy on something you can't change this time? By the way, get used to group projects...we do at least one every semester in the clinical program.

    Good luck.
  7. by   CountrifiedRN
    That's why I HATE group projects!

    Unfortunately, if you take pride in your work, there's no way to get the other members to do their part on the same level. Most likely if they did their part, it would be substandard, and you would either have to edit the heck out of it, or get your grade pulled down by their sections. But I really do think you should list out what responsibilities were assigned, and who did what. (Rather, who didn't do what.)

    Sorry, all I can say is it sucks, and good luck on your grade.
  8. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by babynursewannab
    you need to do what you can and work with what you've got.

    what you need to do now is guarantee yourself the best grade possible. look at it this way, by you doing the work (which has to be done anyway) you are not at the mercy of anyone else screwing the project up. the reason you are the one doing everything (if the situation is anything like the ones i am always in) is that you actually care.

    take a deep breath. if you've truly done all you can to change the situation, then just accept it this time and grudgingly pull the taggers behind. i know that sounds like awful advice, but why waste any more energy on something you can't change this time? by the way, get used to group projects...we do at least one every semester in the clinical program.

    good luck.
    i agree with alyssa.

    be assured, teachers know the students who do their work.

  9. by   memphispanda
    We have group projects also, but I think everyone left in our class is motivated...there are some who are *better* group members than others. What works well for us is to break the project up early on--each person has a section they are responsible for. We do our part, and if the other person doesn't do their part then it shows in their grade. We don't all receive the same grade because presentation is part of the projects, and some people are very poor presenters (figiting, poor language, rambling, lack of preparation, etc.)
  10. by   Keely-FutureRN
    Thanks guys for your imput. I've decided to just finish the project myself and pull them with me. I talked to them this morning and we set a deadline for the remainder of the project and 2 of my group members e-mailed me some pieces of the presentation. It wasen't much, but it's one less thing that I have to do. As for the rest, then I can do only as much as I can and so I won't give them participation points but no matter what, the paper is going to be turned in complete and on time.

    Keely
  11. by   Keely-FutureRN
    Panda,
    That's what I like to do too (split it into sections) and it was our original plan, but then it just didn't work out. It's alot easier to put together in the end too.

    Keely
  12. by   Sarah, RNBScN
    Be honest with the group...pull up their socks and advise the faculty. That is bullcrap...don't be suckered in like that. If I did all the work...nobody would be getting my grades.
    Sarah
  13. by   Keely-FutureRN
    I agree w/ you but if I don't do it than I won't get the good grades. I am going to talk to the instructor again and bring this to their attention.

    Keely
  14. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    ...put the names of the people in the sections of the paper that they were suspose to do and leave that entire section blank; e.g.,

    the purpose of alegbra done by- insert name here.

    leave blank

    the section of the paper you worked on - your name.
    ~ type-in your info.

    or write:

    your name next to each subheading of the paper.

    this will definitely look f*cked up...but the instructor really needs to *see* and *know* who really did what.

    or if that's too out there...why not have a table of content page and on that write your name next to each & every section that you wrote and leave a blank next to the other participants' names. it would look mighty stupid that other names are on the front of the paper...but obivously didn't work on it.

    another suggestion, why not ask the teacher to let your group give an oral presentation as extra credit and say so'n so will present the areas of the paper that they'd worked on. you volunteer to do the first part...then look at the others to do their part. make it a spare of the moment suggestion & watch the rest of them squirm! should you do this...make sure that they (the other non-participants) don't have a copy of the paper handy either. you could, however, use cue cards...being the prepared one ~ that would teach them to f*ck with you !

    good luck
    moe

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