Group Dynamics Report-Group 4 Kathleen, Laura, and Tom Our group has done an excellent job sharing the duties required to complete the "Chemistry in the News" project this semester. Everyone contributed to different parts of synthesizing the project, from brainstorming to researching online to actually writing down the questions accompanying our article. We met at least once a day for a couple hours the week before the project was due. We collaborated at coffeehouses to brainstorm ideas, but we completed much of the synthesis and research for the project in computer labs on campus. The "Chemistry in the News" project was a great way to utilize the media to find out more about organic chemistry. The media will have a large role in how we continue to learn after college. This project opened our mind to the sources, both good and bad, that await us. The group that completed this project was not the group we started out with at the beginning of the semester. Our group and group 7 started studying together for the exams and we realized that we worked well together. When it came time to start the project, we decided that it would benefit all of us to combine the groups. Our original group met on a weekly basis to stay in touch about class particulars and to study for exams. During exam weeks, we hosted open study sessions in case anyone had questions for each other, these sessions later included group 7. This close contact certainly helped motivate one another to do well in the class. At times, however, studying together served as a distraction because we found ourselves more willing to talk about what was going on in our lives than in organic chemistry. However, having a study group is a great idea because it forced us to keep chemistry in our heads throughout the week and not just in class. Both Dr. Glaser and the tests taught us that it takes practice to be good at organic chemistry. The more we met the more we could reinforce what we learned in class and the more time we saved studying for the test. Motivation to study is probably the hardest challenge of organic chemistry. Study groups should be conducted in a way to motivate the student to study the material presented in lecture. If we had studied more on a consistent basis, then we probably would have scored an even higher grade in the course.