Spooky Situations:  The Three Headed Group Project Goblin

Hello, my name is Rebecca, and I am a scaredy cat.

I HATE horror movies with a burning passion. I hate blood, I hate gore, I hate jump scares, and I hate misogynistic subplots. So each year when Halloween comes around, you can most definitely find me re-watching Halloweentown or Hocus Pocus rather than engaging in the latest slasher-flick.

Unfortunately, real life doesn’t come with a G rating, and therefore there are some terrors that I just can’t ignore. As students, we come across spooky situations on the daily so I thought I would highlight some of the meddling monsters who feed off the fears and anxieties of post-secondary students everywhere.

But don’t you worry – this movie has a happy ending as I share my best tips to help face your fears and slay the beast!

So let’s get into it (if you aren’t too scared) 

The Three (or Four, or Five) Headed Group Project Goblin

Masquerading as a fun time with friends, or a way to do less work, The Three (or Four, or Five) Headed Group Project Goblin, sneaks up on her prey and gets ready to strike when least expected

While most professors see this beast as cute and innocent little creature who helps students bond and collaborate while exploring new topics of mutual interest, we students know the truth…

As soon as we step out of the classroom, the group project goblin rears its ugly heads and unleashes a slew of issues that can’t be anticipated. One head is over-controlling, not allowing others to speak, while another is freeloading, trying to reap the benefits without doing the work. The heads may argue and bicker throughout the assignment, or choose live in complete radio silence leaving everyone in the dark until the due date. Schedules clash and Google Docs crash, and as students we feel trapped to a group of strangers who suddenly play a huge role in our academic performance.


How to Slay the Beast:

We all have group project horror stories.

They can be intimidating since you are often paired up with people you don’t know (or don’t know well) and are expected to come up with something unified and cohesive. At first glance this seems like an impossible task but here are a few pointers to get all those goblin heads on the same page.

  1. Treat In-Person Meetings Like Gold

In my humble opinion, the hardest thing that comes with group projects is coordinating schedules. In University everyone is doing a 100 things at once, which makes it harder to find a time where everyone is free. This means that you may only get to meet as a group once or twice before the assignment is due. In order to deal with this issue you’ve got to make sure that you come to these in-person meetings prepared. Know what questions you want to ask, what ideas you want to propose, and that issues you want to address before you go into the meeting. This way valuing everyone’s time and always moving forward.

  1. Assign Individual Tasks with Group Due Dates

As mentioned before, finding time to all meet in person is next to impossible so the only way that the work will get done is if the project is broken up into smaller individual parts. Take time during that first meeting to break down as a group who is doing what and try to be as clear and specific as possible, that way people can get working on their own time. To ensure communications is constantly aflowin’ , take time as a group to set due dates for each section and work together to keep each other accountable.

  1. Hold Up Your End of the Barging

Behind every group project slacker was a “don’t worry, I’ll do it” control-freak, and vise versa. When it comes to group projects it is important to remember is the only person you can be accountable for is yourself. While it can sometimes be stressful to put your faith in others when it comes to a grade (especially if you don’t know them well), the project will only succeed if everyone does their part. If you are still feeling nervous once your group has assigned individual tasks, you can do your part by leading by example and making sure you are submitting your part on time and to a high standard.

Have you ever dealt with the Three Headed Group Project Goblin? What did you do to slay the beast? Leave a comment to continue to convo! 

Happy Halloween Glendon,

À la prochaine,


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