I Didn T Do My Homework Essay Cheats

Education is challenging; it requires constant effort to meet demands set by teachers and professors. That’s not a bad thing! High school, college, and every aspect of education aim to help you feel prepared for every obstacle that might come across after you graduate. You learn to think “outside the box,” solve problems, and succeed in both career and personal life. However, to some people, the challenging attitude of the school and constant demands can be overwhelming which is why they implement various cheating tactics to finish their assignments or pass the exam. 

Why do students cheat?

Studies documenting student behavior demonstrate that a vast majority of students violate standards of academic integrity to some extent and they also show that high achievers are just as likely to do it as their colleagues. Although cheating was always present in the academic world, the problem became more prevalent over last few decades. 

According to experts, it’s quite easy to explain why this happens; cheating has become easier, it doesn’t require too much effort anymore, and it has been widely tolerated. Some students cheat due to ever-increasing competitiveness at college that they struggle to keep up with; while others cheat out of pure necessity to survive and avoid failure. 

The Journal of Business Ethics featured a study which showed that technology has a significant role in enabling the negative behavior. The more online tools the college students were allowed to use, the more they were likely to copy the work of others and implement different cheating tactics. The internet has changed the attitude towards cheating entirely and at this point, students are confused about what is considered cheating and plagiarism and what isn’t. 

Now that different online tools are easily available with a simple Google search; students find it difficult to differentiate the fine line between what’s okay to do and what is classified as cheating. For example, a lot of students use essay writing services to deliver their school projects, and they usually assume there’s nothing wrong with that. If the essay is 100% original and not plagiarized, then it cannot be cheating, right?

Believe it or not, paying someone to do the homework is categorized as one of the most widely sought after cheating strategies, according to research published in the Journal of Applied Sciences. Participants were asked to complete the questionnaire about cheating anonymously, whether they do it, why, how, and so on. 

Results showed that cheating was widespread, as seen below:

  • 15.54% copied answers from others during the exam
  • 54.73% gave answers to others during the exam because they felt pressured to do so
  • 6.08% wrote answers on body parts
  • 49.32% extract hints from teachers/professors 

Besides cheating strategies mentioned above, other students implement more “advanced” tactics. For example, 21.62% students pay someone to do their assignments for them. The rise of this trend is correlated with the consistent growth of online services that deliver essays or other assignments for a certain amount of money. 

Why is paying for homework wrong?

Not only is paying someone to do your homework highly unethical and could pose a threat to your education, but it is also quite risky. First, when you opt to pay for your homework you’re, basically, cheating your way through the course and, eventually, academic education. You may be qualified to do something when you earn your graduation, but you’ll always know you cheated. It’s needless to mention that this action could have you penalized. Plus, do you think that your professor doesn’t know your level of knowledge and writing abilities? 

The second reason why it’s wrong is that a vast amount of these websites are scams. You spend your money thinking you’ll get a high-quality work, but at the end of the day, it’s just an ordinary essay (or some other assignment) that is plagiarized at the same time. Although some of these services do deliver unique and original content, it’s difficult to find them considering how many scams are out there. 

It’s also important to mention that schools and universities are starting to use different tools to detect plagiarism or any other type of malversation with the work. 

Bottom line

Even though a lot of students cheated before, the problem became more severe with different internet tools. Researchers confirmed that the Internet decreased the line between the good and the bad, thus leaving students not knowing that actions they do are wrong. Paying someone to do the homework is a rising trend that is both unethical and risky at the same time. 

This morning, a friend confided in me that he likes "every part of being in college except for the work part." Although I remember procrastinating in college, I was shocked. Isn't college exactly when you're supposed to be interested in assignments? College is where students have complete control over not only their area of study but also where and how they're going to study it (Do the ethics match their own? What kind of professors are in said department?). At the very least, college should be a place where work isn't a total drag. The statistics suggest otherwise.

SiteJabber is a National Science Foundation-funded consumer protection service, which means it hosts reviews of stuff to help prevent online consumers from getting entangled in scams. Because the whole platform is based on ethics, when the folks behind the site saw that plagiarism was one of the services being reviewed, they conducted some research. Sure enough, their site was home to reviews from a slew of college students who were paying outside sources to do their homework for them.

A fan-favorite seemed to be essay writing services that complete assignments for a fee. In the last twelve months, there has been a 250 percent increase in reviews for online businesses providing homework-related services, with 1268 reviews in total.

Yet, as the reviews point out, having a total stranger write your essay doesn't necessarily yield the best results.

"Not only is paying someone to do your homework unethical and antithetical to learning, but there are a number of scams associated with these services," Jeremy Gin, SiteJabber's Co-Founder, said. "Numerous SiteJabber reviewers have reported poor quality, including papers written by non-native English speakers, plagiarism, and bad grades as a result of this. Not to mention, they're known for missing due dates as timeliness is not a priority and refunds are not offered."

According to Jane C. Owen, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Midwestern State University, the consequence of utilizing essay writing services can be more dire. She believes that using these services can also have a long-term impact on the future of students, not least on their personal ethics.

"If you're a student who's considering using these services you need to be aware that one bad decision can really harm your future prospects," she said. "You also need to ask yourself, 'Is this really the sort of person you want to be?' And, ultimately, 'What would your mother say?'"

As it continues to see a rise in plagiarism (and customer dissatisfaction with it), SiteJabber is doing its part to raise awareness about the sudden prevalence of online essay and homework services, and to educate parents and students alike about the pitfalls associated with such services. The hope is, that by learning more about these scams and the long-term effects associated with cheating, students will be discouraged to pay for untrustworthy services in the future.

Aside from souring one's ethics or reputation, I think homework-doing services might be a bad idea for an entirely differently reason. No doubt, writing an essay or completing a reading report is not the optimal way to spend an afternoon. But, as I pointed out to my friend this morning, college really is the place to work on self discipline and work ethic: it's a place where you have the time to do it, and a place where you can mess up. Plus, you want to have a strong handle on both work ethic and self discipline before you begin applying to jobs.

After all, if schoolwork is the only part of college that you don't like, well, the full-time workforce can't be much better.

To see all reviews associated with online businesses soliciting homework services and the associated scams, visit SiteJabber.com.

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