How to avoid using the Internet to cheat (and still get the answer!)

Everybody knows that on a moral level, cheating isn’t looked favorably upon. If you get caught, the severity of consequences depends on the culture and level of your school.

But have students turned the other cheek due to rising stress levels?

According to a report on ethics in the American Youth, 57 percent of teenagers stated that in order to be successful, people must do whatever it takes. Even cheating. The financial pressures to get ahead (or just to graduate on time) may play a factor. It might also be more convenient than ever to use technology as a means to cheat.

As mobile smart devices become more accessible, so do alternative “studying” methods. Paid essay-writing services, automated math generators and simply

 

Reformers and educators are calling for institutional change. Stricter policies, higher enforcement and even adding character education to curricula have been suggested. But until schools invest more in anti-cheating curriculum pathways, students can work to  change the culture of cheating. It’s just a matter of how we view schoolwork.

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‘Friendsourcing’ your help

This year, make sure to maximize your networks in and out of class. Branch out and start a group message with people who do well in subjects you struggle with. You can help each other out and work through problems as a group. We know none of you have a regular sleep schedule so it works when you run into a difficult problem at midnight on a Tuesday.

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Search engine efficiency

Specialized problems call for specialized tutoring. If you’re having trouble finding the derivative of y= 1/(2x.√(ln x)) at the point x= e^4, you probably won’t find help specific to that problem by copy+pasting.

That’s why mobile tutoring apps are the best way to get 1:1 tutoring on a 24/7 basis. When you download the Yup app, just snap a picture of your math/chemistry/physics homework problem and send it over. You’ll connect with a live tutor almost instantly who will work with you via text chat. You just killed two birds with one stone: understanding the problem and getting the right answer. Most apps only give you the latter.

Grades aren’t everything

Sure, grades are an important metric in gauging progress for student and teachers, as well as providing an achievement reference for colleges and scholarships. But is it the best indicator of actual learning? Before you think about cheating, remember that getting an A on one assignment doesn’t equate to long-term success. In fact, you may be working even harder to cheat than actually sitting tight and solving the problem – which is why…

Cheating takes longer than studying

Sometimes you have too much on your plate. You don’t have the time or energy to get through an assignment or study for a test. So you pull a last-minute move that’s not technically cheating (even though it totally is). Everyone’s done it, right? It’ll just be this once!

However, the easy way out now means more work for you later on. The curriculum is set up in a cumulative way, so that one lesson plan provides a starting point for the next. Where you take a shortcut is potentially where you miss a concept that’s crucial for understanding everything else.This can lead to a pattern of cheating and less learning, which can honestly get exhausting.

When you look at the effort you actually have to put behind studying vs. the risk of cheating, it’s obvious which is more cost-effective. When you add responsible technology into the mix, things just got a lot more efficient… and your grades get better as a result.

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