How can I communicate well in groupwork, seminars and tutorials?

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Strategies for comfortable communication in groups

Students working in a groupSometimes group work does not go smoothly. Students often feel that work load is not spread fairly, or that they cannot participate as they wish to because one or two group members are too competitive or controlling.

A great deal of your work is in groups and grades depend on the groups working efficiently. This workshop uses the advice of students across the University to show you what you can do if your group meets difficulties.

In this 2-hour workshop we focus on:

  • What behaviours do tutors hope to see in you during discussion group work?
  • How can you get a deeper understanding of what leadership means in group work?
  • What can you do right now to develop these deeper leadership skills in yourself?
  • How can you help your fellow group members develop them too, so that they trust each other more, expect more from each other and want to develop and support each other in the group task?
  • What can you do to help your group to think together more critically, more deeply and faster?
  • What can you do when one or two people seem to dominate the group?
  • What can you do when you or another person is too shy to participate in group discussions?
  • What has happened to other students who have tried these group discussion work strategies in terms of their social and learning experiences and their grades?

You will have the opportunity to participate in a group work activity and receive help and feedback to improve your seminar skills.

Booking a place on this workshop

PLEASE NOTE: The campus sessions for this workshop have now finished for the academic year 2017-18.

Help and support will be available until 25 June 2018 at the CAE drop-ins in the LRC on de Havilland campus at these times:

  • Monday 10.00-17.00
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10.00-14.00

Please email aessd@herts.ac.uk if you have any problems booking onto workshops or have further questions about any aspect of the AESSD programme.

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