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Study Skills & Learning Strategies: Group Work & Collaboration

Take Inventory of your Group Work & Collaboration Strategies

Take a moment to reflect on this quote: "Collaboration allows us to know more than we are capable of knowing by ourselves" (Paul Solarz)

Collaborating with others is an essential part of your learning at university and your instructors will regularly assign group work to help you develop this important skill. Collaborative learning can help you develop your time management, communication, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills. It can help you develop good leadership and team-building skills and make you more aware of EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion). Whether group work is assigned or used as a study strategy, it is important to know what your responsibilities are.

This group work rubric will help you understand the collaborative learning skills you can develop and what your group work responsibilities are.

Group Work Rubric

Personalize/Plan Your Approach
Reflect on the strategies you use when doing group work or collaborating with others. Do your strategies enhance, extend and empower your learning? From the resource links below, you can adopt, apply and adapt strategies to suit your learning needs.

Strategies that enhance your ability to collaborate and work effectively in a group setting

Strategies that extend your ability to to collaborate ethically and with integrity

Strategies that help you master your group work and collaboration skills


How to Collaborate with Your Professor

Respectful and Effective Communication for Teams by Monash Universtiy:

Study Group Toolkit by McGill University


Team Work: Setting Expectations & Ground Rules (1:12)


Respectful and Effective Communication for Teams

Online Communication

Be informed: USask Academic Integrity


USask Online Collaboration Tools


Receiving Feedback & Giving Feedback

Online Netiquette (2:02)



Tuckman's Stages of Group Development

Five-Stage Team Building Model (4:47)


How to Improve Leadership Skills in College


Conflict Styles: Off the Record (3:39)

Take this Self-Assessment

Four Tendencies Quiz (Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, Rebels)

Your Task

Choose group work strategies that enhance your ability to collaborate with others in diverse group settings

Evaluate your group work strategies to extend your choice and control, and become an empowered collaborator