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Tuesday, 19 February 2013
09:56:20 PM (GMT)
Hello, welcome to one of my rants.

I wish I could say that my rants were famous. XD

Jk. But I just need to get these out.

And the topic, today, is group projects.

And I hate them.

I know they're supposed to relieve the stress of doing the whole project by yourself,
but actually I feel like it's more stress and more work.

With a group project, you do not only have to worry about yourself, but also what the
other people are doing.

And then there's always that one kids who does the whole thing.

And the slackers who don't do anything.

And then there's just complication.

So let me explain it using my group as an example. XD

We had this project, for English, about the 1920's.

Each group had a big topic - mine was The Average American - and in those big topics
were things you had to explain.

The Average American had five points that needed to be explained.

So each person got one, while the Tech Leader got two.

Now, I don't know how you pick leaders, but in my group Gabbi (the tech leader)

Her job was simple.

She first asked how we could keep in contact - cell phone numbers and email.

She collected all that information, for herself.

I know I should have wrote down that information, too, but I didn't.

Anyways, her next job was to START the Prezi.

I hate Prezi's.

They're online and kind of like powerpoint, but not.

Go to the website, if you want to know more about it.

Finally, her last job was to invite the group to the Prezi, so we could all edit it.

The problem?

Well, for starters, she did not start the Prezi.

Yeah, that's right.

The project was due Feb. 19, and on Monday around 4, I logged on.

To find out that she didn't even start one, well she had three blank ones.

So me being me, I said fuck that.

I'm not going to chose a random one, and hope she picks that one.

Hell no.

Also, she didn't even invite us to the Prezi.

She just gave us her login information.

So since she had to do the whole project, Monday night, she blames us for not doing

Well, she does have one thing right, I didn't do anything.

But yet, just because she did the work, doesn't mean that she should be sitting there

Because, she did not contact me to make sure that I was going to help out.

She did not set up the Prezi right.

She did not talk to me doing school.

And when I tried to tell her the right way to do the Prezi, she cut me off.

Do you see the problem?

I can say that I didn't do anything.

I didn't contact her to get the Prezi information.

I could go on and on what I could have done, and should have done.

But her?

She thinks that she can get away with shit, and get a good grade just because she did
the work?

Fuck NO.

She did not admit to the group, what she could/should have done to get something from

Being a leader does not mean you can sit on your phone all day, and act like you're
the mother fucking princess, and can't do anything wrong.

So this is what I'm trying to say.

- When you're in a group - it's the GROUP'S fault for not getting things done.
It's not one person. It's just like being on a team. Everyone is at fault.

- Admit your mistakes and what you could/should have done to solve them. It
really pisses me off when people think they didn't do anything wrong. I know I did
some things wrong, but what about my other group members? They did some things wrong,
and they should know that.

- Grades is all about a number, it doesn't show how well you work or how much
you learned. Grades is a big issue for most people, I'm more like I just need to pass
the class. And trust me, the people who does everything in the group, I've noticed,
cares most about their grades. This causes a lot of stress. But the most important
thing in a group project is WORKING TOGETHER. I've groups in the past (and present
XD) that I don't work good together, but I needed to put that all aside and work with
them. I've also had groups where I work really well, and maybe even make a few
friends. And you know what? Some of those groups where I work really well together,
did not mean I would get a good grade. However, it does help A LOT.

- Communication is a major issue. If you do not communicate with your group
members, how are you supposed to get everything done? The funny thing is, I feel like
today people don't communicate as much as they did. Which is really weird,
considering we have the INTERNET, which helps out greatly. So use your cell phones,
facebook, email, etc...to communicate with your group. My group failed at that

So overall, if people followed those guidelines, I think groups would work a lot

My group failed at every single one of them, and it turned into a really big mess.

I wish I could go back in time, and SHOW this to them.

That we needed to ACT like a group, not just some strangers.

So post your comments what, you think.

I'm interested in what other people think.

I'll probably reply to them. 

‹Ⓐnn4☯L0vΣ☣› says:   20 February 2013   917711  
Mostly the groups I am assigned in are the ones with all the slackers
who are all 
"This is stupid." or "I don't want to do this shit." or even "I'm not
going to do anything. I don't have time for this."
So.. I'm the one who is stuck doing everything. AND I am a big
overachiever so, when I get a job or task I try to do it to the best
of my abilities, which suck because when you're in a group full of
slackers and I have a kick-ass project done, apparently I don't get
any credit what so ever. 
"Oh yeah! This picture was my idea!" and "I gave you this idea,
Like really? 
Back off.. I hate groups.
‹Cowards•Are•Golden› says:   23 February 2013   577640  
Prezis >:[
I hate those things. We had to do those in my class too. It's like a
big, overly complicated powerpoint. They're kind of cool looking, but
they are not exactly simple to use and it just makes things more
‹∞ Directioner ∞› says :   24 February 2013   693982  
Yeah, there has been group projects where that's exactly what happens
to me. This time I was on the other end, and I feel totally bad for
the girl who did all the work. Now, I really know how it feels to be
on both sides. And I'll tell you it sucks.

Yes, exactly! I think they have a good idea, where multiple people
could work on it, but they need to design it to be used easier. 

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