Make every group work a success!

In many seminars, the lecturer specifies that the topic of the presentation is not treated individually, but as group work. Many professors are unaware that this not only benefits learners. For example, it may be that the group members have different ideas about the speed of work or that the individual group members are engaged in different ways for the work in the team (keyword “freeloaders”).

Moreover, it is far from easy to find an appointment together or regular appointments for the processing, which fits all members. What further potential disadvantages and the advantages of group work are explained below. In addition, you will receive useful tips on how to make the group work as effective and successful as possible.

Possible disadvantages of teamwork

Not infrequently, the work in the team is a Kaffeeklatsch or a meeting among friends – quickly gets the actual goal out of sight. To avoid this, a fixed period should be set for work together in the group. During this period, it is important to focus exclusively on group work – friendly, private discussions can then take place.

As already mentioned, there are so-called freeloaders. This term refers to people who do not or do not contribute much to the work in the group and still want to “reap glory”. This can quickly lead to frustration within the group. You should regularly review the personal benefits of group work for you. If you notice that you are more likely to work in a team, it is advisable to switch to self-study (provided you have the choice).

Benefits of cooperative learning

Learning in a team is not about “putting a product on the table” as quickly as possible, but learning in and of itself must be in the foreground.

Learning in a group provides the opportunity to get to know and understand the perspectives and perspectives of the other group members in relation to a specific topic. In addition, the group members benefit from the knowledge of the other participants. If there is a pleasant climate in the working group, everyone can expand their skills and knowledge.

The following cognitive, social and emotional-motivational advantages go hand in hand with cooperative forms of learning: