How can I communicate well in groupwork, seminars and tutorials?
Strategies for comfortable communication in groups
Sometimes 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 sessions for this workshop have now finished for the academic year 2017-18.
Help and support will be available in Semester C at the CAE drop-ins in the LRCs at these times:
- 23-27 April Monday-Friday 10:00-14:00– both campuses
- 30 April–25 June Monday and Wednesday 10.00-14.00 LRC De Havilland campus only, Tuesday and Thursday 10.00-14.00 LRC College Lane only.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problems booking onto workshops or have further questions about any aspect of the AESSD programme.