A Guide to Your First Year at UW Bothell

Week 7 - Teamwork

week 7 team projects


  • May 17 – Deadline for changing course grading option to S/NS
  • May 25 – Memorial Day – NO CLASSES
  • June 5 – Last day to withdraw (dropping all classes)

As you’ve probably seen by now, group projects are very common at UW Bothell. Learning to work in a team environment has many benefits, but can be a challenge as well. Here are some tips to help make group projects go smoothly, courtesy of the Writing and Communication Center.

Create a Plan:

  • It is always beneficial to discuss a plan for each group assignment so everyone knows what they are responsible for.
  • Another tip is to write up a small contract for everyone to sign, in order to keep everyone on track. I know that writing a contract may seem a bit extreme, but it will provide you with undeniable proof of what each group member agreed upon at the beginning of the assignment. It may also save you a lot of grief if one of your group mates doesn’t do their part.

Agree on Deadlines:

  • Establishing early deadlines for your group keeps all of you on the same page, and allows for any emergencies that may occur by providing some wiggle room in the timeline. These can be written into your group contract.

Divide Work Equally:

  • As a group, use the first group meeting to discuss how the work should be divided. Dividing work equally gives everyone an opportunity to contribute without overwhelming anyone in your group.
  • As a group, assign deadlines that everyone can agree upon. Again, writing a contract may help keep your group on track, and protect you in the rare case that one or more of your group members didn’t pull their own weight.
  • Consider dividing into smaller teams. Using smaller teams to work on specific aspects of the assignment gives each person a “buddy” to rely on in case something goes awry.

Work to Your Group’s Strengths:  

  • Find out what people are passionate about in the assignment or have the strongest skills and let them work on those aspects. If they like that aspect of the assignment they may be more likely to work harder on the project.


  • Share emails, phone numbers, or connect on Canvas so you can be in touch with your group members. Without effective communication group work can easily become a major source of stress for yourself and your group mates. Another useful way to work together would be to establish a consistent meeting time throughout the quarter in order to allow your group to have enough time to work on the project.

If you have questions, feel free to stop in at our Quick Questions Drop-In Advising. We’re available Monday - Thursday from 10:00am - 4:00pm in the Student Success Center (UW1-160).

You can also reach us through email or by phone:

(425) 352-3427