From: "Candance Waller"
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Group reports Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 18:23:48 -0600 X-OriginalArrivalTime: 01 Dec 2000 00:23:48.0448 (UTC) FILETIME=[F93B5E00:01C05B2C] Group 39 The Five Complex Resonance Structures Group 39 included Candance Waller, Terie Bolton, Sabrina Weaver, Ina Harvey and Nakia Moore, all of which are biology majors. This group was formed from persons having previous associations with others through various classes or activities, and although not everyone in the group knew the others, becuase everyone knew someone, we were able to quickly overcome this problem. However, as the semester progressed, we discovered that not knowing all persons in the group would be the least of our problems. All but one person lived off campus, some had families to take care of, and all of us had jobs, which made meeting very difficult. Our solution to this problem was that we made an agreement to meet before each test, usually after the review session, and use these two nights to review, and go over practice exams together, and attempt to ask and answer any questions remaining. Prior to this however, we usually ended up in sub groups which would start meeting a couple of times a week, about two weeks before the test, and if scheduling permitted, more. Also, as a group we visited the visualization centers and couple of times, and read the articles, but agreed that we did not have to do this as a group, and so made each person responsible for her own learning of these things. We decided that this was the best method for our group becuause of the circumstances mentioned earlier. Also, it seemed harder to study as a whole group, becuase too far before the exam, everyone was someplace different, and not everyone was prepared. We do agree that having a group is beneficial because you have others there to study (or suffer:)) with, ask questions, etc., but the smaller groups seemed to be more productive than the whole. Understanding that groups are there to help, it is also understood that one's performance will ultimately be based upon his or her own ambition. This being said, although we recommend collaboration, we agree that it is each person that make the grade, whether they are independent or in a group.