5 Communication Tips to Help You Succeed at TCEC!

Communication is a vital part of success at Tri-County Early College and the sooner you master this concept the better your projects will be. There are multiple steps to becoming a communicator fluent in success. Here are the five best communication tips to help you succeed at TCEC.

  1. Compliment Sandwich

Everyone knows that dealing with your project groups can be a real hassle. So, when confrontations arise from not doing your work, here is the best way to deal with it. To start off, address what is wrong and make sure the other group members understand it. Then point out something they are good at. After that, connect the dots by saying they should make their subpar work be more like the work they excel at. Ashton Foster says hearing feedback this way, “Motivates me to get better at something, but it also gives me a foundation for how to start working on it.”

2. Communication with teachers

Communicating with teachers is just as important as communicating with your peers. If you don't keep up with teachers you can fall behind and be in store for a wild April. Make sure to set a schedule where you communicate with your teachers weekly. As sophomore Gabe Flaws says, “You can’t be scared of your teachers, you just have to ‘send it’ without hesitation!””.

3. Constructive criticism

b It's a lot easier to be rude when giving feedback but that isn't beneficial to anyone, so make sure to give criticism in a constructive matter. When you give feedback make sure it results in something positive instead of something negative. As junior Dylan Dicicco says, “Whenever a group member has a really bad idea, but you want to be nice to them, constructive criticism is the way to go.”

4. Don't beat a dead horse

When a group member will not do their work no matter what you try, either: (A) Meet with your peers to see if you should fire the group member or; (B) You can let them fail on their own time...No use in wasting your energy and time on someone who refuses to work. As sophomore Cassie Lowrance says, “When approaching a difficult group mate and they refuse to do their work, change up your methods and learn from their inability to do work and try a different angle to get them to work.”

5. Make sure to establish multiple vehicles for communication.

One common mistake students make is only reaching out to other group members on one messaging platform. If you email them and they don't check their emails that often talk to them in person or shoot them a text. If a group member is responsible for something you need to hold them accountable by reminding them anyway you can. As freshman Haley Craig says “For our group, we originally formed an Instagram chat where no one responded, so we switched to email, and it worked much better!” So, if you are in charge of relaying some information to someone don't just use one information vehicle. Email them, text them and talk to them in person to give them every chance to do their part so it’s not all on your shoulders..

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