Hello all, I’m finally typing from my room, in Italy! Last week has been intense, and I’m just glad to be home and ready to enjoy the holidays! But as I promised, now I’m gonna talk about my last project for the term. My Group Report.
I need to take a deep breath before I begin… as you might have guessed, I didn’t really enjoy it. The major problem was my group; I realised that when it comes to group work you’re either lucky or in big trouble. In my case, the latter… well, let’s start from the beginning.
I was moved from my first group in the early stages of the project (because of some problems with number of members per group). That wasn’t really a problem, the change was very quick, and I met my new group during the following tutorial. We decided upon our tasks, ie. which one of us was going to write respectively the Introduction, Method, Results and Discussion section. I was assigned the Discussion, and at the time I was okay with it, it’s usually something I enjoy writing and it also gives me the opportunity to have an overview on the whole report. Sigh, big mistake, rookie.
The problems started shortly after, as I realised that some members of my group’s working pace was worryingly slower than mine! They didn’t do it on purpose of course, they were all really nice and friendly… simply, they kept putting it off, to the point where I saw the first proper draft of one main section (I’m not going to say which one) two days before the deadline! So, it’s not that they were not going to do their job, they were just used to writing it close to the deadline. Which is okay… unless you’re writing a group report, in which case the poor person writing the Discussion has a desperate need to see your work done! See, it was kind of disconcerting! I needed to see all the other sections so to compare eg. literature choices, details of the variables, tables, results in general… in the end, I had to seek help from other groups, which luckily were so helpful that I was able to write my section on the base of my own work. We then met two days before the deadline to assemble the whole thing, polish it, and hand it in on time. Which was fine, but simply not how these things are meant to be done!
It was a very stressful experience, one I’m not keen to repeat anytime soon. At least I learned that next time I should probably choose to write the Introduction. Anyway, I mentioned all of this in my personal feedback, which we were required to attach to the paper copy of our work. I handled the situation as well as I could, but in the end, I was just so stressed and tired I just wanted to hand in the report. Not my best work, I know that, but at least now I can focus on my revision, which is gonna take ages and will be the topic of my next post! 🙂