If you ever want to ruin your best friendship, destroy the trust, and flush everything you cherished in human connection down the drain, I’ve got a tip for you. Why don’t you try a group project together?

Formerly known as a killer assassin to both the project and the group, it’s still the holy grail of schools, universities, and any education institutions that promise you a cool diploma and a nice job, in turn making your mom proud.

And trust me, people who have survived a group project once are no way doing it twice. So let’s take a look at what it is about these seemingly innocent gatherings meant to do good and only good that make them the most hateable assignments. From being the only cast member in the tearful PowerPoint film to switching groups halfway like a track and field athlete, these are some of the examples that have terrorized generation after generation.

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Jerry Mathers
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4 months ago

Awesome yearbook quote!

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Queen Jackson.
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4 months ago

Some people were being bossy and didn’t listen to other people. They were gonna suggest y’all just shoot him.

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Amanita Virosa
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Time to talk to the professor? Maybe 2 weeks ago??

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It’s no secret that few things about education irk people as much as group projects do.

In reality, the idea of a group project is really meant to do good—to teach kids and college students responsibility for themselves and their actions. Plus, this model of cooperation is supposed to promote teamwork, but often does the opposite.

In fact, a study by the University of Oklahoma showed that the design of group papers “encourages social loafing, limits group cohesiveness [...] and increases student stress,” reports Psychology Today.

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Samantha Lomb
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4 months ago

Honestly, being terrible at group projects seems to be a culturally specific thing. My Russian students do group projects all the time. All the group members do their bit ( you can tell cause sometimes they don't make the font the same) and when I give them a choice they chose to work in groups.

Elixir
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4 months ago

Really? Because sometimes (in my experience) the "editors or stylists" do all the fonts and nothing else

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Aisha Boudy
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4 months ago

The only thing I learned is that people are idiots and not to be trusted

hispanic! at the disco
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4 months ago

Although clearly this turns out to be a valuable life skill.

Emily Barnes
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4 months ago

I love your username

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Stille20
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4 months ago

I went back to work on my grad degree while working as a manager for a nonprofit and I was suddenly struck with how wildly relevant group projects are. Don't get me wrong, I still detest them, but now they are called "program goals" or "committees"

Helen Haley
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4 months ago

So it teaches you how to deal with people at work.

Anxious Pansexual Nightmare
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4 months ago

So... They teach you to work with other people?

Francis
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4 months ago

and how to do all the work alone..

Justin Seagull
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4 months ago (edited)

Useful skills in life actually.

Lisa Chambers
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4 months ago

Truth!

Ford Summit
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4 months ago

They're getting you more prepared for life than you know. #LifeSkills

Jane Dorothy Warner
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4 months ago

So true!

Audrey Smith
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4 months ago

Group projects can work out for some people though. I was in a group project with the people at my table in history and now one of them is my best friend. Wouldn’t have gotten to know her if it hadn’t been for that project.

K.Kobayashi
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4 months ago

Same thing.

Courtney Christelle
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4 months ago

I'll admit I was the terrible person in the group project... Still don't like doing them.

Emily Barnes
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4 months ago

Technically true lol

b l a n c
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4 months ago

that's the only way to work with other people

Jerry Mathers
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4 months ago

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Aka the democratic political systems

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ognistykamyk
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"First of all I just want you to know I have o boyfriend. Remember I have a boyfriend. It's important having boyfriend"

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I love the sassiness of some of these people :)

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There are a number of reasons why group projects may be inherently flawed. Eberly Center at Carnegie Mellon University suggests that it may have to do with “students not understanding teachers’ expectations,” “students having very different knowledge and skills,” “group composition being problematic,” and “grading scheme not promoting meaningful teamwork.”

Meanwhile, in “group work,” the learning focus is on a content-based objective, but the Redesigning High School initiative suggests that such an approach is destined to fail. “If we want students to learn to collaborate, we need to put them in a situation where they NEED to collaborate.”

As a result, the initiative believes that in order for a group project model to work, students have to be given “big, complex, open-ended problems to solve.”

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Julesoccer20
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4 months ago

Well.... that’s a shame 😂

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Toea Muresan Iulia
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kill them, kill them all :) I like to work ALONE

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Mainecoonsandhuskies
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4 months ago

That's fair

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4 months ago

He was researching group work.

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nanashi
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4 months ago

the worst person to be in a group project for me was that girl back in uni who turns up at every meeting, but doing nothing to contribute. not talking, not paying attention. nothing. just silently listening and/or staring at her phone. we tried to get her to participate but it didn't get us anywhere. then at the end presentation we were to list out the tasks each member did and we purposely listed nothing for her. she was pissed at how our professor pointed that out, crying that it's not fair; she went to every meet-up. yeah, that's all you do. you WERE there but at the same time you WERE NOT.

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NamiKoa
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Reading the first few words, I thought she was going to say "... because I know nothing." I guess that would apply to the rest of the group.

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Daria B
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"I thought we were friends", sure, then why didn't those "plans" include your friend too?

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Leo Domitrix
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One group project, the three jocks who grabbed me for their group sat around and laughed about how they'd get an A now. I got an A. They got a D. The work was B-minus. Teacher told the angry jocks he split the difference of the real grade between the four of us.

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Clara Knaub
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4 months ago

Exactly! Point on!

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Martha Meyer
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4 months ago

We werw never assigned partners. We picked them ourselves.

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Patrick James
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4 months ago

Umm, he's not getting an A. He has the historically lowest approval rating ever at this point in a presidency

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LOttawa
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4 months ago

Well, at least he/she is wanting to participate instead of using jail as an excuse to not do anything.

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Queen Jackson.
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4 months ago

Damn bro...That's real sad..... Soooo the slides?

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Clara Knaub
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4 months ago

😂 😂 😂 that poor person. In my groups we usually don’t have problems like these. We are allowed t pick our partners and we always pick ones that we get along with. Then we assign roles and everybody does their part.

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Perfumista Perfumista
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We had a team member who contributed nothing, advised the professor. Unfortunately she was the flirty type and the loafer who never showed up was a good looking guy. She accused me and the rest our the team, all girls, of scapegoating.

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Queen Jackson.
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4 months ago

Morgan & Morgan. For the people.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

Oh dear I pictured something completely different to a scooter.

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AlexG
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4 months ago

cheap @ss

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Beeps
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I’d just copy and paste that into the paper as their contribution.

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This should be rated higher.

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Mainecoonsandhuskies
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4 months ago

Why does kowalski look like an off brand Jonas brother

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Theron Roberts
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i don't get why people have to act like they're better than everybody else just because they searched up "iq test" on google and got a high score on the first link they clicked.

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If you'v ehit the point of group projects, it's past the drop period, isn't it?

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nanashi
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4 months ago

I really wish group text was a thing when I was in uni. it saved a lot of stupid time I wasted on going to every one of their dorms, knocking on their door, to ask how's it going with the project, only to be met with those incompetents somehow to have forgotten all about it.

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Jessica Cole
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Jessica Laaaange!!! AHS 4 evs

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Alex T
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it be like dat

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"My printer ate my phone which ate my dog

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Troux
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4 months ago

"Degrading" is exactly what they are trying to avoid, dumbass!

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Manasvi Tupe
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4 months ago

people are stupid.

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Theron Roberts
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4 months ago

how was that person able to get in to even kindergarten

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Grace Smith
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4 months ago

You can tell poor Alex is done with Ted’s bullshit

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4 months ago

lol

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Queen Jackson.
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4 months ago

Is this snl?

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Shelli Aderman
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4 months ago

Or better yet, https://lmgtfy.com/

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago (edited)

Is that something mouldy? EDIT: NVM I just realised it is a nugget of weed lol.

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Rare Wubbox
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Charge the phone.

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Naw, it was a straight up insult.

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Troux
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4 months ago

I'm willing to bet that shuttle leaves right on time.

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Mari
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4 months ago (edited)

Honestly, i don't think this was too bad. they're never said they won't do it, they're just saying that they're indifferent of what topic they do...which honestly i would love the people in my project to say other then argue about it.

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Elixir
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how is that was bad partner

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E Menendez
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4 months ago

I am not sure why if someone legitimately had an emergency that makes them a bad partner. They did let them know. The person did leave the country and isn't sure they will be back, so...

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