According to www.nocheating.org , over 75% of college students admit to cheating at least one time in school. Some get caught many do not. But why cheat your way through college. There are many reasons why students cheat . Some students just don’t apply themselves when it comes to college. They do not prepare for assignments and frequently skip class. In other words they do not take college seriously. Even if they are not caught cheating they eventually drop out or flunk out of school anyway. Other students simply do not understand the material and feel it is the only way they can make a passing grade. Or students blame the professor for not explaining the material right. Then there are those who do it simply for the thrill of cheating. They have the mental capacity to understand the material but prefer to take the easy way out. Cheating students may not cheat in every class. They may cheat only when they feel that they have no other choice. Or they may decide to cheat if they feel the professor is easily fooled.
Professors can and do take plagiarism and cheating seriously. They can easily detect when someone is plagiarizing and is becoming more aware of how prevalent and advanced cheating methods via phone applications are. The consequences of resorting to such methods can be severe. Not only will you receive a failing grade for the assignment but further action can be pursued. You can receive an “F” for the class which can affect scholarships, such as HOPE, or others you may already have or would have been eligible for. The most severe penalty is that you can be suspended or expelled from school. In the end, it is not worth it to cheat or plagiarize. Getting away with it once or twice may give you a false sense of mastery but the consequences outweigh any perceived benefits. Aside from the consequences mentioned above consider the embarrassment you will feel if caught.
Instead of resorting to cheating learn to prepare appropriately for assignments. Give yourself enough time to plan for projects, tests, and essay papers. If you feel that you are not understanding the material speak with your professor. Remember, you are paying for your education. Your money pays for the professor’s salary. So don’t be afraid to speak with your professor about any problems you are having as soon as possible. Lastly, do not get into the habit of missing days. Even if your professor does not take attendance you may miss very important lessons, changes in the syllabus, and other issues that may arise. College courses can be challenging for some students. But getting a C or D on an assignment is better than resorting to cheating or plagiarizing. Even if you do get away with it, you are cheating yourself out of actually learning something.