We like to focus on the positive on this site, which means anything and everything that can be used to help you get the best education possible. Whether we’re talking about high school or college, this is our passion and we would like to think that we do it well. However, there are times where we need to slide into the negative slightly so that we cover the important issues from every angle.
If there’s nothing else that you take from this site, you should take this lesson and keep it for the rest of your learning career: don’t even think about cheating in college!
Now, at this point, you might be thinking to yourself that you would never cheat in college that you would never dream of cheating in college. This is something that a lot of students say to themselves as they enter college, only to find that they are in situations where they are definitely tempted to cheat. When you mismanage your time and have to face an all nighter, it can be tempting to just cheat your way through the essay, or the take home test. You might even think about cheating on a live test in front of a proctor, which is a sure-fire way to end up getting kicked out of the class, if not the entire college.
Academic honesty is a very serious issue, one that affects every student. Colleges want to make sure that they are handing out degrees only to the people that deserve them. You deserve a degree when you complete the coursework to the best of your ability, using your own headpower to do so. When you just borrow a few answers off a friend, you are still cheating. It’s still wrong. And in many cases, you can still get caught.
Teachers look for patterns in grades all the time to make sure that you’re not cheating. If you suddenly start doing well from a place where you were doing very badly, your teacher will immediately suspect that there is some academic dishonesty going on. You don’t have to end up getting frustrated or feeling like you will not be able to take care of everything that you want to take care.
Truthfully speaking, there’s really no need to cheat when you actually have a lot of different resources at your disposal. First and foremost, you can always find some sort of tutoring hall to go to when you have questions about your coursework. If you don’t have a major-specific tutoring hall, why not post on the community boards for your school for help? Chances are good that you’ll be able to find someone that will be able to assist you, even when you think that all hope is lost.
In addition, you will want to make sure that you are managing your time. Don’t think that you have to just stick to a paper calendar to manage your schedule. It’s very easy to let a few things just creep up on you, but it really doesn’t have to be that way. You can save a lot of time by embracing technology to manage your schedule. For example, if you have one of those shiny new Android phones, there are plenty of apps that can help you remember certain tasks. One app that immediately springs to mind is Remember the Milk, which is not only free but also very good.
At the end of the day, do you really want to sacrifice your college career in order to pursue a shortcut that will get you caught? Definitely not. Follow the tips in this guide and you will never need to cheat!