Yea that’s basically what I look like as I type up this blog. Today I'm going to talk about group work. I’ve been so fed up and frustrated working as a group at UNI. I can safely say that I’ve only had 2 enjoyable groups in my 2 years at UNI.
I know this makes me sound like some loner, but its just so annoying. I try to work my best in groups because I know that I can potentially cause the group to fail. So, I don’t let myself slack off. If its an individual task, I can safely let this assessment slide cause its my own work. Can’t say the same about group work.
So today, we were organising a time to have a group meeting (after postponing a meeting meant for today). No-one seemed to have any idea what to do after we postponed the meeting. So I kindly suggested that we email what times were were available:
Team Member 1:
Team Member 2:
Team member 3 (the one who proposed to postpone the meeting):
NO. I’m not happy! Are you blind or illiterate? I TOLD YOU I WAS UNAVAILABLE ON WEDNESDAY! I mean if you proposed Friday, that would seem logical as no-one has said they are unavailable on Friday. But seriously, Wednesday? Pfft.
See this is what gets me irritated. Sure this might be a slight mistake, but there have been so many cases that piss my off in group works. Its mostly the people that piss me off:
1. International students (really FOB ones anyway)
I don’t want to be mean, but internationals REALLY make me angry.
I have a cousin who’s an international, so I’m pretty familiar with what they have to go through to get into UNI. First off, there’s that IELTS test, then there’s the foundation courses.
I would believe if you passed IELTS AND managed to pass the foundation courses, that your English is capable of at least basic communication.
NO. That is not the case. E.g i asked one of my international team members to do the results and his answer?: “What results? what do i do?”
Ok, I’m pretty pathetic with some content, but I know what's going on in a lab. How could you not know what results are?!
2. Hardcore local partiers
Translation: the assignment is fine (no it’s not German, its drunk speak)
Sure, having a life besides UNI is important, but should it cut into OTHER people’s time?
These guys just ditch their work and expect everything to sail smoothly without any work >=\
3. Enthusiastic members
Shit, these people are probably one of the worst.
It’s probably easier on you if they are working on a section above you (i.e you rely on their section). But if its the other way around, god help you.
They will nag you until they get the results they want and they nit-pick all anything.
4. The silent one
The name is quite self explanatory.
These group members don’t say a thing. No contribution what so ever.
Some silent ones are better, they do the work, send it over and leave it. Other need to be pushed to work.
5. Me:- the perfectly sane and organised one.
Working with these insane people puts a lot of pressure and stress on you.
I’m usually the one that allocates the work and tells people what to do (in a nice, non pushy way of course). Problem is, no one seems to do the same. They all slack off and send me stuff at the last moment.
Even worse is when one member slows down and one or more team members are relying on their work to continue (its happened to me… we finished the night before the assignment was due)
So when now that ONE member is sane and organised, the others are put into reality:
The international starts translating every word on the page. And at some stage, they get their part done.
Translation: it’s fine
The drunk somehow manages to finish their section too (although usually dodgy and crap)
The anxiously waiting enthusiast finally gets the results and by this point, the work is finally chugging along nicely. Which is good
Hopefully, the silent one hasn’t hid somewhere and they do the finishing touches
VOILA~ the assignment is finished a few hours before it is due. Isn’t that nice == So in the end the work is done, but i would say it could be done better. I KNOW it could. But no-one seems to work in a team that well.
This brings me to the end of yet another rant. But hey, at least I got this done well!