7 Stereotypes in Group Projects

To all those people who work off their butt all night finishing up a group project, doesn’t it suck? We are the ones who have to suffer because other people don’t care enough. And after you finish up those projects, things either go one of two ways. Result 1 is you somehow manage to finish that assignment and do it so well that you get a good grade. You tell yourself that “Hey, I did it.” Only to remember that your partner, who did virtually nothing, gets the same grade as you without all the blood, sweat, and tears. Result 2 is your grades crash and burn. Both of you show up the next day with either nothing or what looks like garbage. You both get bad grades, but you are the one who actually tried. Your grade only reflects your partner’s negligence, not your hard work. Regardless, both of these conclusions are pretty unsatisfactory. So, anyway, here are some group project stereotypes:

The Critic

This is the person who adds literally nothing to the project. Well, nothing except for “feedback”. This person basically just tells everyone why the project is bad. However, they do nothing to fix it. And for how much they critique, they never motivate the group. They are always just off to the side telling people why it is bad and to fix it.

2. The Valiant Effort

This is one person who is trying to help. They are giving it their all and trying to make valuable contributions to the group. And that’s great. The problem is that they are not exactly the brightest person. They will be that one person who actually gives suggestions, but they will either be things that don’t work in your group project or they will just be completely useless, leaving us to fake a genuine “That’s such a good idea!”. And you will have to make some excuse to not include their idea.

3. The Procrastinator

This one usually sits with the group but is always doing something else. When you assign them work, they will always say “I’ll do it later” or “We still have time.” However, before you know it, it is the night before the due date. You check in with everyone, only to find that the procrastinator is just starting! “Oh, I didn’t know it was due.” Yeah, the teacher only told us 10 times. You end up staying up all night, just to get the procrastinator’s work done.

4. The Excuse Executive

This one, similar to the procrastinator, doesn’t want to do work. However, this person always finds one way or another to get out of it. Whether it’s homework or extracurricular activities, they are always busy. yet, during their free time, you can find them often on their phone or hanging out with others. Overall, this passes on work to everyone else in the group.

5. The Control Freak

This person always want the project done their way. They take the projects into their own hands and want all of their ideas in the project. As annoying as this person will be, they are only trying to help. The reason for this helicopter mom attitude is probably due to past experience. they might not trust others to do work and would rather be in control of their own grade.

6. The Team Motivator

This is the person who feels like they can’t contribute anything. they desperately want to but feels like the team can do better without them. So they resort to the best thing they can do: motivating the team. Sometimes, this role is sometimes annoying as they keep chanting “You can do it!” and “Great job, guys!”. However, sometimes this person is just what the team needs to get the job done.

7. The Panicking

No matter how prepared you are, there will always be a worry wart in the group. they think that the group is getting too overconfident in their work and start to overthink the problem. They will constantly spill their deepest worries to the teammates. And these teammates are annoyed by the incessant complaints. All they can say is “Don’t worry!” But we all know that won’t change anything. Even though they are just trying to help, they are either annoying or cause the entire group to stress more than they should.

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