Two words that the majority of university students will roll their eyes at, or at least have an anecdote about. Either that or I’ve had some really bad experiences. Of course there are still people out there who love group tasks (Why? Just why???), but then there are the people like me who would love nothing more than to tuck and roll out of the lecture hall.
There are a few types of people in every group I’ve been in:
- The Hard Worker: These types of people get a task, get on with it and do a decent job. They just want to finish the job so they can move on to the other 20 assignments we’ve got. Of course, that makes them the prime target for the next type of person.
- The Work-Shy: These outweigh the hard workers like a herd of zombies, and move just about as quick too. They will usually turn up to group meetings, and sit there pretending to look deep in thought. In reality, they contribute very little and rely on the hard worker to do everything for them.
- The Dictator: These types love to take charge of the group, but often don’t really know what they are talking about. They tend to dismiss other people, getting snappy when people go against their idea.
- The AWOL: Seriously? If you’re this type, where do you hide? They show up at the start of the year, and then cannot be found again until the deadline. Seriously considered sending out a search party for some of the people I know who are like this.
- The Clueless: Self explanatory, but I still don’t mind this type as much as the work-shy. Usually they really make an effort to learn which I admire so good on you, Clueless.
- The Perfectionist: If that comma is in the wrong place, they will find it. I was like this in first year, but that soon stopped when I got more than one assignment. Still, this one isn’t a bad thing!
I think every group needs a good balance of these, but usually I just end up with the AWOL and the Work-Shy which seems to be the case this year. 4 group projects and I am leading them all.
So which one are you?