Norming

You feel that you know each other better and that you are more focused on your teamwork and the study group’s process and results.

You work for each other and your common goal

You have made it through the Storming phase and you have solved your disagreements and conflicts. Trust is growing between you and you start to feel that you are working for each other and your common goal.

You deal with conflicts and work on establishing some good work routines. You are starting to establish some guidelines for how you work as a group as well as by yourselves.

How is the study group doing?

You will probably also experience that it requires patience and tolerance to get the teamwork going. That is why you might need to match your expectations regularly and remember to evaluate your work.

When you all contribute actively and you have trust in each other’s competences you are on your way to the Performing phase.

See Good advice on study group habits.

Is it time to evaluate the group work?

Have a continuous talk about how the group work is going. Are you satisfied with the teamwork?

How is the setting for the meetings, the learning outcome, and dealing with disagreements?

Try Process Check and The Four Spaces

Continue to evolve as a group

As you become more experienced with your studies and each other, you can change the methods that might not work well for you anymore and find new ones.

You can also refine the methods that work well for you already or you can try to supplement your group meetings with new activities and methods.

See Good advice for the facilitator and Agenda with and without a facilitator

Try Missing Person and Check-in/Check-out

Try using each other to give constructive feedback on written assignments as well as oral presentations.

The material is made by The Student Guidance Service at the Faculty of Humanities based on Bruce Tuckman’s model “Forming-Storming-Norming-Performing.”
The exercises are made with inspiration from the books “Studiegruppen” by Annelise Dahlbæk and “Anerkendende procesøvelser” by Pia Halkier Bjerring & Annika Lindén.

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