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Epidemic of copying homework catalyzed by technology

What is it that leads students to neglect their own thoughts and brainlessly transcribe someone else’s for a passing grade? Similar to the bubonic plague, smallpox and Ebola, copying homework is the next epidemic, and it’s already here.

The March Bark survey found that 80 percent of Redwood students copy homework at least once a month. In 2014, a similar Bark survey found that only 53 percent of students were copying with that frequency.

Increased technology use has contributed to the simplification of copying homework. In 2015, 64 percent of American adults owned a smartphone and the number for minors was hypothesized to be even more, according to the Pew Research Center. Another study in January found that now nearly 77 percent of American adults own a smartphone, presumably with an increased number for teenagers.

The recent Bark survey found that nearly five times the amount of students copy homework daily than three years ago in a 2014 Bark survey of similar caliber.

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Sophomore “Erica” who wished to remain anonymous, admitted to copying homework a few times per week and addressed the prevalence of copying homework. Though Erica copies homework, she has been able to maintain passing grades in all of her classes, causing her to question the value of homework in the first place.

“Sometimes I don’t know how to do [homework], sometimes I don’t want to do it, sometimes I don’t have time to do it,” Erica said. “My answers aren’t always correct so if other people’s are, that’s better for the tests.”

Erica, along with 13 percent of students, according to a March self-representative Bark survey, admit to receiving homework a few times a week. Erica mostly copies homework via texting.

Chemistry teacher Marissa Peck recognized that copying homework was more difficult without the use of technology.

“[Copying was not as frequent when I was in school] mostly because we didn’t have phones that took pictures,” Peck said. “The main change I’ve seen over the last few years is that students take a picture of [homework] on their phone. I see students with someone else’s assignment pulled up on their phone and they’re just wholesale copying off of it, and that’s very frustrating.”

Guidance counselor Candace Gulden attributed the increase of students who copy homework to the intense academic culture at Redwood.

“I think students [copy homework] because they’re overwhelmed. One thing that I wish students would do is recognize that homework is there for you to practice and learn, you’re not really gaining anything by copying someone’s homework. You haven’t learned anything, you haven’t gained any skills,” Gulden said.

Peck stated that copying does not serve the ultimate purpose of homework: to learn and understand the classwork.

“I definitely have seen [copying]. I myself found that you don’t learn it as well, and it’s harder down the road,” Peck said. “I’m not assigning homework so they have more to do. It’s to reach the goal of learning something . ”

Peck grades a few assignments for each unit of Chemistry based on accuracy, which could arguably increase pressure on students to complete assignments correctly. However, she believes it allows her to see where students are, and for students to self-evaluate.

“I make that decision to check in and see how students are doing, to give students more feedback from me so that they can understand better where they’re making mistakes, and to know if I need to teach something. Teachers need to get feedback too, if I need to focus on one area. It’s for the students, but it’s also good information for me,” Peck said.

According to the Tamalpais Union High School District Parent/Student Handbook, repercussions for copying work can be severe. The handbook states that cheating can be grounds for suspension and even expulsion. Despite these dangers, 10 percent of students self-reported in the March Bark survey to copying homework daily. In 2014, only 2 percent of students did so in a Bark survey.

As a teenager’s prefrontal cortex and brain continue to develop, decision making is often impaired and taking risks is more appealing as it produces more of an adrenaline rush. Copying homework doesn’t exactly get your heart pumping, but students are still widely unaware of the consequences that come with copying homework, especially when their main focus is getting a passing grade. Because it is such a common occurrence, cheating doesn’t have any negative connotations

Erica stated that sometimes she even copies homework in class. Teachers like Peck use a variety of ways to minimize cheating during classes and especially on tests. Peck makes four different versions of tests to assure that students at the same table are not tempted to glance at another paper. In the future, she hopes to even add variety to homework assignments and incorporate more open ended questions which are more difficult to replicate from another student.

While the consequences can be extreme, some students use copying homework as a way to understand material with more clarity, since they can model their homework from the correct answers. Erica said she is more likely to do homework if there is an answer key accessible for her.

“Sometimes I don’t know how to do [the homework], but if someone else shows me, I can figure it out from their

answers,” Erica said.

Erica began copying homework in the early years of middle school. This year, she has began asking for homework from her peers more often with a busier schedule and harder classes. Not all of Erica’s classes correct homework before testing, and she believes that seeing other student’s work can be a good tool for studying and checking her own knowledge.


Forgetting your moral compass and succumbing to the rampant cheating has become a routine high school experience.

“Sometimes students don’t view it as cheating. When they’re looking at their friend’s assignment, or taking a picture of the answer key, those things really are cheating. Sometimes students don’t view, ‘ oh I’m giving my paper to my friend ’ as they are cheating too… There’s a little misunderstanding about what cheating is,” Peck said.

Gulden continues to reinforce her ideas to minimize cheating at Redwood, including helping students find their limits before they are pushed too far.

“I wish that students could see that big picture,” Gulden said. “I wish students would take a less rigorous schedule so they could focus more on learning each subject.”

However, despite the clear immorality of copying homework, one must wonder why they resort to this.

Many staff members recognize the intensity of Redwood’s cutthroat academic culture. However, faculty still have to teach a full curriculum and with students all taking various classes, it is difficult to optimize the homework load so that it is balanced for all students.

“I think there’s a combination of things going on. I think students specifically here have a lot on their plates. I do understand that when [students] get home they have sports, or drama commitments, or music commitments, or jobs. They have a lot of things they need to do and obligations,” Peck said. “Sometimes [cheating] is easier to do, and students need to do it.”

Gulden said despite hearing about cases of copying homework, it generally does not affect her written college recommendations, unless she encounters a repeat offender. Even then, Gulden generally works with students to get to the bottom of their issues.

“A lot of what we’re learning in school is to be able to function as an adult. I can’t just cheat off my colleagues or copy their assignments, you have to learn to be able to do these things on your own,” Gulden said.

Ultimately, students all develop unique paths through adolescence. Developing a habit of cheating creates a lack in work ethic and persistence that can halt student’s futures.

However, copying homework is a daunting issue to fix. In the last three years, the percentage of students copying homework has increased significantly, and the advances in technology will continue allowing for easy, accessible sharing. Copying homework may be immoral, but the workload students face and lack of work ethic will be the influencing factor on this generation’s leaders.

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How to Deal With Classmates Who Want Answers to Homework

Last Updated: February 18, 2024 Fact Checked

This article was co-authored by Emily Listmann, MA . Emily Listmann is a private tutor in San Carlos, California. She has worked as a Social Studies Teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, and an SAT Prep Teacher. She received her MA in Education from the Stanford Graduate School of Education in 2014. This article has been fact-checked, ensuring the accuracy of any cited facts and confirming the authority of its sources. This article has been viewed 118,872 times.

If you're a responsible and hardworking student, then it's likely your peers have asked for your homework answers. You may be tempted to break the rules and share your answers because of social pressure, but this hurts both you and the person who copies you. Protecting your answers from would-be cheaters is the right thing to do, and actually helps them become better students in the long run. You can prepare to resist peer pressure and avoid cheating by learning ways that you can say "no" to other students, as well as how to manage their expectations of you. Finally, consider starting a study group that allows you and your peers to learn together. It'll all be more productive for you and your friends.

Step 1 Say no explicitly.

  • You may accidentally encourage your classmate to apply more pressure if you soften your “no” in an attempt to be friendly. Avoid using statements like “I don’t know” or “this may be a bad idea.” Instead, trust the clarity and power of a direct “no.”
  • Do not provide a complicated answer, just say no. A complicated explanation that emphasizes unusual circumstances may seem friendlier or more helpful, but it can provide an opportunity for your classmate to challenge your refusal and to ask again.

Step 2 Repeat yourself.

  • You can say “I know this is important, but my answer is not going to change,” or “I know that you are worried about grades, but I never share my answers.”
  • If you feel yourself weakening, remind yourself of the consequences you could face if you're caught sharing answers. Your teacher could deny you credit for the work you've done since by sharing your work you've engaged in cheating.

Step 3 Call your classmate’s request cheating.

  • Remember that the long term repercussions outweigh the immediate pressure. A school year can seem like a very long time, and you may worry about awkward situations if you disappoint a classmate. If you say no to a classmate, you may feel uncomfortable for a few days or weeks. If you are caught cheating, the consequences can last for years.
  • Point out to the student that the consequences remain even if you don't get caught. Copying homework answers doesn't help you learn the information, so the student who copies you won't be prepared for bigger assignments, such as the upcoming test. Even if they don't get caught now, they may not pass the course if they fail the test.

Step 5 Read your school’s academic conduct code.

  • Pay careful attention to your school’s rules regarding plagiarism. Plagiarism can seriously damage your academic record. Since what counts as plagiarism may not always be instinctive, speak with your teacher to clarify confusions that you may have. Your teacher will appreciate the opportunity address these questions before potentially plagiarized work is submitted.

Step 6 Avoid physical confrontation.

  • Remember, if the other student doesn't do the homework, then they aren't learning the course material. Most likely, they will fail the big assignments, such as tests.
  • Keep in mind that sharing answers would make you guilty of cheating, as well. You could jeopardize your future if you decide to share your answers.

Managing Your Classmates’ Expectations

Step 1 Avoid bragging about your academic performance.

  • When discussing your progress, highlight the effort you're putting into the class, but acknowledge that you won't know how well you know the subject until after your work is graded. Say, "I'm taking good notes and reading the material, but I won't know if my answers are right until I get my paper graded."
  • Keep your homework concealed until the moment it is due. Discourage your classmates from asking for your homework answers by not publicizing it. If someone asks you for answers to homework that isn't due for quite a while, you can always lie that you haven't finished it yet.

Step 2 Express appreciation.

  • Anticipate cheating around test times. Due to the high value placed on providing specific answers for assigning grades, stress can increase before major tests. This may make cheating seem more attractive. Before a test or major assignment, encourage a student that may ask you for answers or offer to study with them. This may reinforce proper study habits and discourage cheating.

Creating a Study Group

Step 1 Explain rather than cheat.

  • Ask your classmate about their study habits. You may be able to explain how they can do homework more effectively.

Step 2 Propose collaboration.

  • Pay special attention not to emphasize the depth of your understanding. Your goal is to work with the student, not to give them answers. Make sure that they are actively involved.

Step 3 Express interest in the work of your peers.

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  • Offer to help struggling classmates. You will learn as much as you teach, and you will lessen the need for and appeal of cheating. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
  • Ask the teacher for advice in confidence. Most high school and college teachers understand the complex nature of social structures in their classrooms. If you are dissatisfied, consult another teacher in the department, your adviser or your dean (principal). Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0

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  • Being an accomplice to cheating is usually punished as harshly as cheating. If you feel that your study group may be close to being a cheating ring, immediately seek consultation from a trusted adult. Thanks Helpful 15 Not Helpful 0
  • Be sure that the teacher knows about your study group. Otherwise, when a few students miss the same questions on an assignment, the teacher will assume cheating has taken place. Thanks Helpful 4 Not Helpful 0

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Types of Academic Dishonesty

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There are many types of academic dishonesty - some are obvious, while some are less obvious.

  • Misrepresentation ;
  • Conspiracy ;
  • Fabrication ;
  • Collusion ;
  • Duplicate Submission ;
  • Academic Misconduct ;
  • Improper Computer/Calculator Use ;
  • Improper Online, TeleWeb, and Blended Course Use ;
  • Disruptive Behavior ;
  • and last, but certainly not least, PLAGIARISM .

We will discuss each of these types of academic dishonesty in more detail below. Plagiarism is the most common type of academic dishonesty, and also the easiest type to commit on accident! See the plagiarism page for more info about what plagiarism is and how to avoid it in your work.

Cheating is taking or giving any information or material which will be used to determine academic credit.

  Examples of cheating include:

  • Copying from another student's test or homework.
  • Allowing another student to copy from your test or homework.
  • Using materials such as textbooks, notes, or formula lists during a test without the professor's permission.
  • Collaborating on an in-class or take-home test without the professor's permission.
  • Having someone else write or plan a paper for you.

  Bribery takes on two forms:

  • Bribing someone for an academic advantage, or accepting such a bribe (i.e. a student offers a professor money, goods, or services in exchange for a passing grade, or a professor accepts this bribe).
  • Using an academic advantage as a bribe (i.e. a professor offers a student a passing grade in exchange for money, goods, or services, or a student accepts this bribe).


Misrepresentation is any act or omission that is intented to deceive an instructor for academic advantage. Misrepresentation includes lying to an instructor in an attempt to increase your grade, or lying to an instructor when confronted with allegations of academic dishonesty.

Conspiracy means working together with one or more persons to commit or attempt to commit academic dishonesty.


Fabrication is the use of invented or misrepresentative information. Fabrication most often occurs in the sciences, when students create or alter experimental data. Listing a source in your works cited that you did not actually use in your research is also fabrication.

Collusion is the act of two or more students working together on an individual assignment.

Duplicate Submission

A duplicate submission means a student submits the same paper for two different classes. If a student submits the same paper for two different classes within the same semester, the student must have the permission of both instructors. If a student submits the same paper for two different classes in different semesters, the student must have the permission of their current instructor.

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct is the violation of college policies by tampering with grades or by obtaining and/or distributing any part of a test or assignment. For example:

  • Obtaining a copy of a test before the test is admisistered.
  • Distributing, either for money or for free, a test before it is administered.
  • Encouraging others to obtain a copy of a test before the test is administered.
  • Changing grades in a gradebook, on a computer, or on an assignment.
  • Continuing to work on a test after time is called.

Improper Computer/Calculator Use

Improper computer/calculator use includes:

  • Unauthorized use of computer or calculator programs.
  • Selling or giving away information stored on a computer or calculator which will be submitted for a grade.
  • Sharing test or assignment answers on a calculator or computer.

Improper Online, TeleWeb, and Blended Course Use

Improper online, teleweb, and blended course use includes:

  • Accepting or providing outside help on online assignments or tests.
  • Obtaining test materials or questions before the test is administered.

Disruptive Behavior

Disruptive behavior is any behavior that interfers with the teaching/learning process. Disruptive bahavior includes:

  • Disrespecting a professor or another student, in class or online.
  • Talking, texting, or viewing material unrelated to the course during a lecture.
  • Failing to silence your cell phone during class.
  • Posting inappropriate material or material unrealted to the course on discussion boards.
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Free Copywork Pages for Your Homeschool

Once my children are capable of writing fluidly without worrying about how to form the letters in the alphabet, we begin copywork.

Copywork not only provides handwriting practice, but it also helps the student learn basic grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.

I hope these free copywork pages will be a blessing in your homeschool.

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What Is Copywork?

Copywork is the simple art of copying a passage word by word and mark by mark.

This technique, which was made popular by Charlotte Mason, can help students learn grammar and punctuation through practice.

As students copy great literature and mentor texts, copywork becomes an opportunity to learn grammar and composition skills in a natural way.

When my students are ready and capable (usually in early elementary), I give them short passages to copy.

I ask my students to look for the details–the capital letters, the punctuation marks, and the spellings of each word. The student is responsible to copy the passage perfectly.

What Should Students Copy?

Students should copy inspiring words, great ideas, fantastic literature, and favorite passages from books they are reading.

Copying great literature will improve a student’s spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and writing as he will learn syntax and sentence structure.

Copywork is an integral part of our learning language arts as we do not use a formal spelling, grammar, or writing program in the elementary years.

Read more about How to Teach Homeschool Writing Without a Curriculum .

What Are the Benefits of Copywork?

Copywork provides several benefits for your student.

  • Copywork improves handwriting.
  • Copywork teaches students to pay attention to details.
  • Copywork helps a student’s brain begin to understand how grammar and spelling rules work. Through copying passages, your student will gain composition skills.
  • Copywork can help your student understand what good writing looks like. When your student copies great literature, she begins to understand how the pen is mightier than the sword.
  • Copywork can inspire your student! Copying quotes can help your student learn about virtues and character qualities.

Free Copywork Pages for Homeschool

You’ll find all of my free copywork pages on the lists below.

I strive to use inspiring quotes and passages containing a variety of punctuation marks.

Copywork for Kindergarten

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  • Animal Sentences for Handwriting Practice
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  • Days of the Week Copywork Pages
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Copywork for First Grade

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Copywork for Elementary Students

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Bible Verse Copywork

These sets of free Bible Verse copywork give your students passages of scripture to copy and mediate on.

  • Bible Verses to Fight Fear Copywork Pages
  • Bible Verses About Love Copywork
  • I Corinthians 13 Copywork
  • Ephesians Copywork Pages
  • The Gospel of John Copywork Pages
  • Luke 2 Copywork Pages
  • Proverbs for Kids Copywork Pages
  • Psalms for Kids Copywork Pages
  • Matthew Verses for Kids Copywork Pages
  • Thanksgiving Verses for Copywork

Copywork Based on Chapter Books

As I read chapter books, I am inspired by the quotes I find. I have taken some of the quotes from my favorite books and created copywork worksheets for your students.

  • Charlotte’s Web Copywork Quotes
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Copywork Pages
  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Copywork Pages
  • The One and Only Ivan Copywork Pages
  • Pippi Longstocking Copywork Pages
  • The Tale of Despereaux Copywork Pages
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Copywork Pages The copywork exercises are found inside the printable pack; it includes three pages of copywork.

Holiday Copywork Pages

  • Christmas Jokes Copywork (Christmas)
  • Over the River and Through the Wood Copywork (Thanksgiving)
  • Holiday Dogs Copywork Sentences (Christmas)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas Copywork Pages (Christmas)
  • Luke 2 Copywork Pages (Christmas)
  • Presidents Copywork Quotes (Presidents Day)
  • Santa Sentences Copywork (Christmas)
  • Thanksgiving Bible Verses for Copywork (Thanksgiving)
  • We Gather Together Hymn Copywork (Thanksgiving)

Other Copywork Pages

  • African Proverbs Copywork Pages
  • Dr. Seuss Copywork Quotes
  • Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales Copywork Pages
  • Limerick Copywork (perfect for National Poetry Month in April!)
  • Copywork for Future Heroes This package of copywork pages includes enough quotes for an entire year! Initially, I made this copywork for boys (because I have boys), but it can be used by anyone.

Copywork for Middle School

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Copywork can continue through 5th and 6th grades. Some homeschool teachers choose to use it through high school.

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How Do You Say No When People Want to Copy Your Homework?

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Paris Andrew, TIP’s Director of Partnerships and Engagement, is here to help gifted students. She used to run the residential programming at TIP’s educational programs, and she is completing a PhD in related areas, so she knows what she’s talking about.

Dear Paris,

Some kids always want to copy my answers to homework assignments. They say I’m the smart kid and expect that I’ll just give them the answers. One even asked me to text her a picture of the completed homework so she could copy it. How do I tell them no without making them not like me? We aren’t really friends but we get along in class. I’m not sure what they think of me, but I don’t want them to think of me badly.  I’m not sure exactly how to put it, but I don’t want them to think of me as that girl who thinks she’s too good for us or the goody goody who isn’t one of the regular kids. Thanks. —TJ, seventh grade

Thanks for sharing this experience, as I am sure other TIPsters may be going through this as well.

First of all, I understand how frustrating it can be when you work hard to study and learn the right answers– only to have someone come along who wants to take the easy way out. But the truth about the situation is that every time they do that, and copy from someone else, they are only hurting themselves and losing out on an opportunity to grow and be better. I am glad you are not like that.

On the other hand, I understand that everyone wants to be liked. The thing is: there’s a difference between being liked and being taken advantage of. Very soon, you will start to realize that there’s not enough time in the world to be friends with everyone and that not everyone is going to like you, no matter what you do. You are at the age where you start to recognize the signs of someone being a good friend to you and the signs that they are only trying to use you. This situation you are in is a good first step toward reaching that point. Would a good friend ask to copy your work, when they know you would get in big trouble if it ever came out you had allowed them to do so? No, a good friend would not. But perhaps more than that, you need to be a friend to yourself by behaving in a way you know is honorable and right. You want your parents and friends to be proud of you, but you also want to be proud of yourself. And what could be more honorable than adhering to an honor code? With that in mind, know this– every honor code, in every high school and college these days, says the exact same thing: giving people the answer to tests or sharing your homework is considered to be just as much cheating as getting the answers (or homework) from someone else. And even if your school does not have a code that spells that out, there is nothing wrong with you wanting to start following your own personal code of honor now. Let your classmates ask someone else or, better yet, do their own work so they can learn or grow. But you are better than that. You have honor.

The best thing to do with your classmates may be to think of a phrase in advance to use next time they ask to copy your work. If you have this in mind already, and even practice saying it, then you won’t be put on the spot when they ask and not know what to say. The answer has to sound like you, but maybe these might help (change into your own words): “I’m sorry, I can’t help you. But good luck.” -or- “I’d rather not be involved in something that the school might consider cheating. Sorry.” -or- “You’ll have to ask someone else. I can’t help you. Sorry.” Your parents might also be able to help you come up with a good phrase to have in mind. They will be proud of you for standing up for what’s right.

If your classmates push you on it when you decline to help: simply repeat the same phrase again and again until they get the message. Or you could even offer to tutor them or help them study, if you have the time and it doesn’t take away from your studies or what you need to be doing. Finally, explaining about academic honor codes to your classmates, if necessary, might help, but remember: you don’t owe them an explanation. You have a perfect right to behave honorably. It takes strength, but you can do it.

The most important thing for you to remember about this situation is to make sure you are not violating either your school’s or your own honor code. If your school has an honor code, privately asking the teacher to talk about it in class one day might help. I would also encourage you to ask them about how to become a volunteer tutor or teaching assistant, rather than sharing materials to your classmates without the teacher’s awareness. That way you can be a friend to your classmates in a genuinely helpful way– and being a true friend is the best way to inspire someone to like you back.  

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Amazing, I can’t stand up for myself like that. Paris, you are an angel who provides the answers to everything.

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A recent study led a Massachusetts Institute of Technology physics professor reveals troubling statistics for students who copy a large percentage of their homework from their peers, according to the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog.

The study, called “Patterns, Correlates and Reduction of Homework Copying,” examined the homework habits of four physics classes at MIT. The researchers tracked students’ homework submissions through an online homework program called MasteringPhysics , which analyzed how much time it took students to complete each problem and the number of errors students typically made on each assignment. They used that data to determine a profile for a rampant homework copier, and had students fill out an anonymous survey asking about copying at the end of the study.

They found some alarming news for chronic homework copiers: students who copied more than 30 percent of their assignments were four times more likely to drop out of classes in the course of a two-semester sequence than their peers who completed homework legitimately.

What was mostly to blame for the chronic homework copying? Interestingly, the data revealed that a lack of skill was a weak correlate to copying. The most important factor is “delaying the start of effort on the homework until close to the due date.” (That’s MIT’s fancy way of saying “procrastination.”)

And what can teachers do to dissuade students from copying?

“Providing more instructor contact, giving shorter and more frequent assignments, switching from pass-no record to grades, and discussing the correlation of copying and course performance with students” were all suggestions in the MIT report. During the study, the researchers found that these changes to a course’s format reduced homework copying by a factor of four.

“We came upon homework copying through our research on learning in an online environment, rather than through moral concern,” said Pritchard. “But our results are so compelling that they place a moral imperative on teachers to confront homework copying and to reduce it.”

A version of this news article first appeared in the Web Watch blog.

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Caught Copying Homework: Here’s what to Do to get away safe

Caught Copying Your Homework

Caught Copying Your Homework

The act of submitting a homework assignment that you did not do is observably categorized as cheating. Also, copying it wholly from another person will be plagiarism which is also a form of cheating. The same case applies if you decide to download an assignment from the internet and submit it to your tutor.

Indeed, cheating in homework comes in different forms. For instance, if you partially copy another source of work without citing the adopted sentences, the act is still cheating.

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Aftermaths of cheating are too dearly to fathom. They range from awarding of low grades, termination of course or worse still expulsion. 

However, the punishment for copying homework varies from one institution to another. Educational institutions such as colleges and universities have a set of honor codes that dictate the type of punishment guilty students will face.

What to do if Caught Copying Homework

Most teachers do know that it is almost impossible to prevent learners from copying homework form their fellow students.

It is also difficult to detect the same cheating when it is done from the internet. Even though student homework is worth only a small fraction of the final grade, teachers still put a lot of emphasis on its originality.

Always avoid cheating. But when you are caught copying homework or cheating on assignments, the best thing to do is to admit it and write an apology letter to the faculty in an attempt to solve things. While some may accept such apologies, the strict ones do not take it. Therefore, the best way is to avoid cheating altogether.

When you are caught, here are some of the dos and don’ts

Do not assume that it is possible to reverse the act of cheating by retaking the homework.

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Even though some schools may allow it, the opportunity is not always automatic because this always depends on specific rules of your institution or instructor.

Similarly, it is important to know that resubmission of homework always comes with consequences.

Once your homework has been flagged for cheating, do not take it a personal issue with your instructor.

Most institutions ensure that homework with cheating credibility is notified to the department heads, school administration, and other relevant offices.

Take the possible positive learning from the cheating mistake as you look forward to an opportunity to retake the homework. Even though copying homework is an offense, there are still positive outcomes that you can learn from the act.

It is important to assess your actions before you can discuss the copying with another person.  As a remorseful student, look back and reflect on what drove you to copy.

There are also cases where students do not understand why their homework was flagged. This is usually the case with unintentional cheating. In this case, ask your instructor questions before you can reveal the case to others.

Copying is definitely a time-intensive moment for instructors. As a victim, making apologies and being polite help in the matter. This will make it easier to get the recovery process underway and quickly.

Understand that your copying may be irrelevant and not intentional. Your copying or cheating could be a result of ignorance.

Last-minute submission of homework could make a student to forget important steps such as citation and reference. Be ready to have a discussion with your instructor if this is the case.

How to Write an Apology If You Get Caught Cheating    

There is no doubt that cheating is a mistake that no educational institution condones. Rightly so, a victim should show remorse when caught in the act of copying homework from your friends.

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Whether it is intentional or not, always show your teacher that you regret the act of cheating.

This means that you have to show your teacher that you are sad and did not intend to do the act.

Penning an apology letter as a way of showing remorse is one of the best ways to apologize to your teacher.

In your apology, ensure you are open about your feeling and let your emotions flow in writing.

Showing that you are upset and regret your actions can make the instructor or school authority to be lenient in their punishment.

Clearly write that you are sorry and will not repeat the act again. Even more importantly, do not write to guilt trip them or force them to feel bad for you.

Because homework copying lowers your teacher’s trust in you, the best thing is to demonstrate repentance in your apology so as to reestablish the trust.

In your apology, admit everything and don’t show that you were right. Make it clear to your instructor that you understand cheating is wrong. As such, your apology should not show excuses for the dishonest neither should it focus on blaming others.

How to Prevent being Caught

1. do not copy.

Do not copy so that your work does not resemble any other. Copying from the internet will require complete paraphrasing so that sentences and wordings are completely different from the original. Furthermore, do not copy another student’s homework or research directly.

2. Do Your Study

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Ensure you do a proper study of your assignment. Understanding your homework will make it easier to tackle it hence avoiding cheating.

3. Use essay writers

It is good to consider hiring competent homework writers from credible companies. If your essay is giving you a hard time to tackle, an essay writer will save you the hassle.

There are many companies that have quality writers who can tackle just about any niche. As such, select a writer who is qualified to write about your topic essay. The best essay writing companies have writers who produce original essays that are plagiarism-free.

4. Cheat smartly

Do this by using innovative methods that your teacher will not discover. Hidden notes, fingernails, mirror glasses, and the use of tissues are among the clever ways of cheating.

The only thing to do is ensure you use a cheating method that is more convenient to you.

5. Avoid cheating

Alternatively, you can simply avoid cheating. Despite the time frame, academic pressure or the complexity of assignments, avoid cheating to prevent being caught.

If you train yourself and practice time management skills, you can avoid cheating.

6. Study hacks

These come in handy if you want to prevent being caught while cheating. For instance, you can put on your favorite soothing music while studying a difficult subject.

This can make it easier to understand. Alternatively, establish small study sessions with breaks in between. You can also seek an explanation when handling difficult subjects.

Teachers or study groups can help you in this case. Study hacks are essential to help you comprehend assignments and topics so as to avoid cheating.

Josh Jasen

When not handling complex essays and academic writing tasks, Josh is busy advising students on how to pass assignments. In spare time, he loves playing football or walking with his dog around the park.

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15 Tips for Reducing Homework Stress & Completion Time

For students with adhd, consistency is key when it comes to handing in homework on time. here, solutions for succeeding at home and in the classroom..

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Addressing homework problems is critical, since they are major reasons children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) fail in school. Almost every parent of a student with ADHD has been on the front lines of homework battles. Keep in mind that homework doesn’t have to be exhaustive to be effective.

The National Education Association and the Parent Teacher Association recommend 10 minutes of homework per subject per day. In other words, a sixth-grader would spend roughly 60 minutes per evening on homework. If teachers seem to be piling it on, have a friendly discussion with them. In the meantime, these strategies can help.

How to Focus on Homework with ADHD

Solutions: in the classroom.

  • Post assignments on the board. Write the homework assignment in the same place on the board each day. Posting assignments to the school’s website is also helpful. Teachers and schools can also use, which allows educators to send the assignment to parents and students, so there’s no doubt at home.
  • Set aside time each day for students to copy homework assignments in their planners. If attention or language deficits make copying hard for a student, ask another student to write the assignment and discreetly give it to the child. Consider allowing students to take a picture of the board using their cell phones, or e-mailing and texting parents the assignments, too.
  • Appoint “row captains” Many of our children have trouble keeping assignment books, so have another student check his work. My favorite is to appoint a row captain for each row in your classroom. At the beginning of class, these designated “leaders” should collect completed homework. At the end of class, they should check to see that homework assignments have been written down by each student in their row.

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  • Develop a plan which ensures that completed homework returns to school. Talk with the parents of those students who consistently forget to bring their homework to school, and help them develop a plan for getting it there. Suggest that they purchase color-coded folders for all completed work. They can check to make sure homework is completed, is put in the appropriate folder, and is packed in the book bag for the next day.
  • Assign the right amount of homework. Some students with ADD work slowly and become easily frustrated. Assigning only the odd-numbered math problems lets a child demonstrate what he has learned without pushing him too hard. By assigning homework that is neither too difficult nor too time-consuming, teachers increase the likelihood that it will be completed.
  • Send parents a list of suggestions for productive homework sessions. Parents want to help their child but sometimes don’t know what to do. Two strategies you might mention: 1) establish a set homework time with input from the student; 2) find a quiet location that has good lighting and a clear work space with access to paper, pencils, and a computer.

Solutions: at Home

  • Make a plan for tracking homework assignments . Encourage your child to write every assignment in his daily planner. One high school senior wrote his assignments on 3 x 5 cards, pre-printed with the names of his courses, that he stored in his jeans pocket.As a backup, see whether assignments are also posted on a school website or app. Get contact information for a student in each class who would know the assignments.

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  • Establish time for homework. Some children need a break after classes. Others work best while still in “school mode.” If after-school activities make a regular schedule impossible, post a weekly calendar that lists homework start and finish times.
  • Ask the teacher about assignment routines. The math teacher may say, “I assign algebra homework four nights a week, and give a test at the end of each chapter — roughly every two weeks.” This tells you that something is amiss if your child says he doesn’t have any math homework two nights in a row.
  • Schedule a five-minute break for every 20 minutes of work. Short, frequent breaks help children with ADHD recharge.
  • Respect your child’s “saturation point.” If he’s too tired or frustrated to finish his homework, let him stop. Write a note to the teacher explaining that he did as much as he could. If he has problems focusing, writes slowly, or needs extra time to understand concepts, assignments will consistently take longer than they should.
  • Talk with the teacher. If homework sessions are often emotionally exhausting, work with the teacher” to determine whether assignments are too long or are too difficult for your child.
  • Consider medication for homework time. Talk with your doctor about a short-acting medication, like Ritalin, which lasts three to four hours. Taking the medication between 3 and 5 p.m. shouldn’t interfere with sleep. Most medications given earlier in the day have worn off by late afternoon. When medications are working, students stay focused, complete homework quicker, and are more likely to remember the material they studied.
  • Monitor your child’s progress with a daily or weekly report. Daily and weekly reports from a teacher warn parents when their child is in danger of failing and in need of more supervision at home. The reports help you and your child identify missing homework assignments, so you can find them and get them to the teacher. Younger children need more frequent feedback, so a daily report may be best for them. In some cases, weekly reports may be sufficient for students in high school.
  • Request an extra textbook to use at home. Students with ADHD often leave their books at school. Having access to a textbook every night is essential. Once a student with ADHD falls behind, it is difficult to catch up. Since many schools have only one set of books for each student, you may have to purchase extra copies.

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Why Students Cheat on Homework and How to Prevent It

One of the most frustrating aspects of teaching in today’s world is the cheating epidemic. There’s nothing more irritating than getting halfway through grading a large stack of papers only to realize some students cheated on the assignment. There’s really not much point in teachers grading work that has a high likelihood of having been copied or otherwise unethically completed. So. What is a teacher to do? We need to be able to assess students. Why do students cheat on homework, and how can we address it?

Like most new teachers, I learned the hard way over the course of many years of teaching that it is possible to reduce cheating on homework, if not completely prevent it. Here are six suggestions to keep your students honest and to keep yourself sane.


One of the reasons students cheat on homework is because they are overwhelmed. I remember vividly what it felt like to be a high school student in honors classes with multiple extracurricular activities on my plate. Other teens have after school jobs to help support their families, and some don’t have a home environment that is conducive to studying.

While cheating is  never excusable under any circumstances, it does help to walk a mile in our students’ shoes. If they are consistently making the decision to cheat, it might be time to reduce the amount of homework we are assigning.

I used to give homework every night – especially to my advanced students. I wanted to push them. Instead, I stressed them out. They wanted so badly to be in the Top 10 at graduation that they would do whatever they needed to do in order to complete their assignments on time – even if that meant cheating.

When assigning homework, consider the at-home support, maturity, and outside-of-school commitments involved. Think about the kind of school and home balance you would want for your own children. Go with that.


Allowing students time in class to get started on their assignments seems to curb cheating to some extent. When students have class time, they are able to knock out part of the assignment, which leaves less to fret over later. Additionally, it gives them an opportunity to ask questions.

When students are confused while completing assignments at home, they often seek “help” from a friend instead of going in early the next morning to request guidance from the teacher. Often, completing a portion of a homework assignment in class gives students the confidence that they can do it successfully on their own. Plus, it provides the social aspect of learning that many students crave. Instead of fighting cheating outside of class , we can allow students to work in pairs or small groups  in class to learn from each other.

Plus, to prevent students from wanting to cheat on homework, we can extend the time we allow them to complete it. Maybe students would work better if they have multiple nights to choose among options on a choice board. Home schedules can be busy, so building in some flexibility to the timeline can help reduce pressure to finish work in a hurry.


If you find students cheat on homework, they probably lack the vision for how the work is beneficial. It’s important to consider the meaningfulness and valuable of the assignment from students’ perspectives. They need to see how it is relevant to them.

In my class, I’ve learned to assign work that cannot be copied. I’ve never had luck assigning worksheets as homework because even though worksheets have value, it’s generally not obvious to teenagers. It’s nearly impossible to catch cheating on worksheets that have “right or wrong” answers. That’s not to say I don’t use worksheets. I do! But. I use them as in-class station, competition, and practice activities, not homework.

So what are examples of more effective and meaningful types of homework to assign?

  • Ask students to complete a reading assignment and respond in writing .
  • Have students watch a video clip and answer an oral entrance question.
  • Require that students contribute to an online discussion post.
  • Assign them a reflection on the day’s lesson in the form of a short project, like a one-pager or a mind map.

As you can see, these options require unique, valuable responses, thereby reducing the opportunity for students to cheat on them. The more open-ended an assignment is, the more invested students need to be to complete it well.


Part of giving meaningful work involves accounting for readiness levels. Whenever we can tier assignments or build in choice, the better. A huge cause of cheating is when work is either too easy (and students are bored) or too hard (and they are frustrated). Getting to know our students as learners can help us to provide meaningful differentiation options. Plus, we can ask them!

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If you’re sincerely concerned about students cheating on assignments, consider reducing the point value. Reflect on your grading system.

Are homework grades carrying so much weight that students feel the need to cheat in order to maintain an A? In a standards-based system, will the assignment be a key determining factor in whether or not students are proficient with a skill?

Each teacher has to do what works for him or her. In my classroom, homework is worth the least amount out of any category. If I assign something for which I plan on giving completion credit, the point value is even less than it typically would be. Projects, essays, and formal assessments count for much more.


To some extent, this part is out of educators’ hands. Much of the ethical and moral training a student receives comes from home. Still, we can do our best to create a classroom culture in which we continually talk about integrity, responsibility, honor, and the benefits of working hard. What are some specific ways can we do this?

Building Community and Honestly

  • Talk to students about what it means to cheat on homework. Explain to them that there are different kinds. Many students are unaware, for instance, that the “divide and conquer (you do the first half, I’ll do the second half, and then we will trade answers)” is cheating.
  • As a class, develop expectations and consequences for students who decide to take short cuts.
  • Decorate your room with motivational quotes that relate to honesty and doing the right thing.
  • Discuss how making a poor decision doesn’t make you a bad person. It is an opportunity to grow.
  • Share with students that you care about them and their futures. The assignments you give them are intended to prepare them for success.
  • Offer them many different ways to seek help from you if and when they are confused.
  • Provide revision opportunities for homework assignments.
  • Explain that you partner with their parents and that guardians will be notified if cheating occurs.
  • Explore hypothetical situations.  What if you have a late night? Let’s pretend you don’t get home until after orchestra and Lego practices. You have three hours of homework to do. You know you can call your friend, Bob, who always has his homework done. How do you handle this situation?


Many students don’t realize that plagiarism applies to more than just essays. At the beginning of the school year, teachers have an energized group of students, fresh off of summer break. I’ve always found it’s easiest to motivate my students at this time. I capitalize on this opportunity by beginning with a plagiarism mini unit .

While much of the information we discuss is about writing, I always make sure my students know that homework can be plagiarized. Speeches can be plagiarized. Videos can be plagiarized. Anything can be plagiarized, and the repercussions for stealing someone else’s ideas (even in the form of a simple worksheet) are never worth the time saved by doing so.

In an ideal world, no one would cheat. However, teaching and learning in the 21st century is much different than it was fifty years ago. Cheating? It’s increased. Maybe because of the digital age… the differences in morals and values of our culture…  people are busier. Maybe because students don’t see how the school work they are completing relates to their lives.

No matter what the root cause, teachers need to be proactive. We need to know why students feel compelled to cheat on homework and what we can do to help them make learning for beneficial. Personally, I don’t advocate for completely eliminating homework with older students. To me, it has the potential to teach students many lessons both related to school and life. Still, the “right” answer to this issue will be different for each teacher, depending on her community, students, and culture.


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You are so right about communicating the purpose of the assignment and giving students time in class to do homework. I also use an article of the week on plagiarism. I give students points for the learning – not the doing. It makes all the difference. I tell my students why they need to learn how to do “—” for high school or college or even in life experiences. Since, they get an A or F for the effort, my students are more motivated to give it a try. No effort and they sit in my class to work with me on the assignment. Showing me the effort to learn it — asking me questions about the assignment, getting help from a peer or me, helping a peer are all ways to get full credit for the homework- even if it’s not complete. I also choose one thing from each assignment for the test which is a motivator for learning the material – not just “doing it.” Also, no one is permitted to earn a D or F on a test. Any student earning an F or D on a test is then required to do a project over the weekend or at lunch or after school with me. All of this reinforces the idea – learning is what is the goal. Giving students options to show their learning is also important. Cheating is greatly reduced when the goal is to learn and not simply earn the grade.

Thanks for sharing your unique approaches, Sandra! Learning is definitely the goal, and getting students to own their learning is key.

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By Kaneez Fathima on September 20, 2020

One of the most frustrating aspects of teaching in today’s world is the cheating epidemic. There’s nothing more irritating than getting halfway through grading a large stack of papers only to realize some students cheated on the assignment. There’s not much point in teachers grading work that has a high likelihood of having been copied or otherwise unethically completed. What then can a teacher do? We need to be able to assess students. Why do students cheat on homework and how can we address it?

Students may plagiarize for many reasons, ranging from laziness to sloppiness to a lack of understanding about the reason for citations, but teachers can employ a series of strategies to prevent problems while also teaching students good scholarly practices.

Teachers can:

  • Let students know the consequences of plagiarizing. Students are less likely to plagiarize deliberately if they perceive the cost of getting caught as too high. Make sure to have a clear statement in your syllabus, and let students know that you use Turn-It-In, Google, or some other method of checking their sources.
  • Make it so hard to plagiarize that they might just as well write the paper. For example, you can require them to document their writing process by handing in a paper proposal, an outline, an annotated bibliography, multiple drafts, a copy of one or more of their sources, and/or a reflection piece on their writing. Requesting these things does not mean you necessarily have a whole lot more work to do. You can use a peer response exercise or in-class work for quick reviews of many of these items. If you ask for multiple drafts, only check for a few things on each draft (for example, just for the main idea and basic structure on the first draft or just for citation format on a second draft). Besides preventing plagiarism, collecting these documents can help you assess student learning and, when necessary, intervene before the bitter end.
  • Make it hard to plagiarize by designing assignments around specific, focused questions or issues. Avoid general topics. There are so many papers on the internet on such topics that the temptation may be too great.
  • Students are less likely to plagiarize if they feel connected to a school through bonding with fellow students and teachers, through small classes, and through fresh assignments that require original thought rather than the rehashing of old debates.

Reasons for students copying could be:

1. They panic.

Some students will deliberately plagiarize when they feel backed into a corner in a high-pressure situation with a low risk of being caught. Often, this behaviour is a result of poor time management and organization skills.

To avoid this teacher can:

  • Help students learn how to pace themselves and organize their work, especially if the task you have given them is complex, and they are novices. This can be done by warning them of common process problems at the start, by assigning intermediate steps, by conducting an ongoing discussion of their process (online discussion groups are good for this and do not take class time), and by modelling your process.
  • Explicitly discuss with students why the assignment is important in the context of the class and their learning. Tell them what transferable skills and knowledge they will gain from doing this assignment.

2. They lack confidence.

Students may not be familiar with the jargon that’s used in some academic areas that are new to them. They may feel awkward about trying to incorporate those words and phrases into their writing.

To avoid these teachers can:

  • Help students see how they already have expertise in many areas, such as movie reviews, their favourite music, sports, or leisure activity, and equate learning academic jargon with the learning they have already done to master these other topics.
  • Have students write down their ideas before, during, and after research. The student who has put down their guesses about what they will find and who has written a response immediately after reading a source will be less likely to act as a passive collector of information.

3. They think they’re supposed to reproduce what the experts have said.

  • Require students to generate a hypothesis before they begin researching. Situate research as an attempt to test and refine their hypothesis.
  • Show students examples of student papers with uncited summaries and paraphrases and require them to identify and correct the problem.
  • When a paper is handed in, give it a quick scan. If the student only cited direct quotes, he or she may be neglecting summaries and paraphrases. They have difficulty integrating source material into their exposition or argument.

4. They have difficulty integrating source material into their exposition or argument or they are sloppy.

To avoid this teacher should:

  • Teach students strategies for organizing their notes.
  • Insist that students include citations in all drafts. Students often will say they will put the citations in later, but then they forget where they go.
  • Tell them they can work on formatting citations in later drafts, but all drafts must be cited.

5. They are still learning how to write

To make it perfect teachers can:

  • Consider patch written papers as early drafts.
  • Discuss with students the need to digest and analyse material in more sophisticated ways.
  • Work with them on summarizing rather than paraphrasing.

6. The reason mostly students plagiarize is that they are used to a collaborative model of knowledge production

  • Discuss grey area cases with students.
  • Discuss and ensure that students understand the reasons for citing sources.
  • Foreground and discuss with students the context-specific nature of what does and does not count as plagiarism

With all the right pieces in place, you can inspire students to learn and enjoy the homework experience. Motivating students to do their homework regularly gives them confidence and a love of learning. Students usually want to succeed. Giving them the tools to do their best will affect them positively for years to come.

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Kevin Lucia , Contributor January 22, 2019

In a survey of 24,000 students at 70 high schools, McCabe found “64% of students admitted to cheating on a test, 58% admitted to plagiarism and 95% said they participated in some form of cheating, whether it was on a test, plagiarism or copying homework.”

Throughout my 3 current high school years, I have come across so many instances where students either ask me for the answers to copy or I ask them for the answer so I can copy. I honestly believe that more students copy homework than dab it in the bathrooms here at Hueneme High School.

So, not to digress, Why Do Students actually copy?

Students cheat for a variety of reasons:

It can be an intentional, calculated decision in order to get ahead. Often, it is motivated by the path to success that they see around them – people cheating without incurring any real consequences.

This also gets combined with a pressure to succeed. These students have grown up in a culture where even the team that scores the least gets a trophy. So they are not prepared for failure.

When they believe they are going to fail (which nowadays is often anything less than an “A”), students will do whatever it takes to avoid it, because they don’t want to let others (often family) down.

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How Do I Stop Students From Copying Each Other’s Homework Assignments?

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My students, like students everywhere, are smart and funny and creative and wonderful in so many ways. Also like students everywhere, they constantly seem to be looking for shortcuts on their homework. One of the bus drivers told me last year that the kids openly ask her to turn the interior lights on so they can finish copying homework before they get to school! Sigh. At least they’re motivated enough to copy, right?

This year, I made it a major goal to stop students from cheating. I put this five-step process in place, and it really cut down on the homework copying in my classroom. Here it is. 

Step 1: Check the quality of your assignments.

First of all, it’s worth taking a close look at the kind of homework you assign. If you do a lot of worksheets, you might find those work better for in-class activities. Instead, try focusing homework on in-depth writing assignments and individual written responses.

If you’re a math teacher, having kids respond in writing about how they solved a problem always works, as does having them write their own problems or exemplars for what they’ve been learning. Anything that requires student-generated content is automatically going to be harder to copy.

Step 2: Check the quantity.

Of course, this creates a lot more grading than worksheets, which led me to reflect on the amount of homework I assigned. At first, I found myself overwhelmed. I had to wonder if this was how my students felt when they looked at a night’s homework load. If there had been someone whose grading I could have copied, I probably would have done it!

The result? I assigned a lot less homework as the year went on. Put your homework to this test: If it’s not worth your time to grade carefully, it’s not worth the students’ time to do it.

Step 3: Explain the changes.

Once you’ve started assigning less homework, you’ll want to make your reasons explicit to your students. “I’m assigning less homework because I don’t want to waste your time. That means that anything I do assign is really important, and it’s important for you to actually do it on your own.” This speech went a long way with many of my students, but I had another trick up my sleeve.

Step 4: Allow time to learn and make mistakes.

You might also want to try a few get-out-of-jail-free cards when it comes to homework. My middle schoolers are still in the process of learning how to budget their time and stay organized, and sometimes they make mistakes. I gave each kid three one-day extensions that they could use over the course of the year to avoid a penalty for late homework.

There were certain assignments on which these could not be used, like rough drafts we needed to edit or group projects. It lowered the general stress level and set a culture of respect and accountability that encouraged my kids to plan ahead. For the naysayers who say, “The real world won’t give them extensions,” I would respectfully offer my disagreement. What? You’ve never posted your grades after the deadline?

Step 5: Bring the pain.

Although this cut down on copying substantially, kids will always test your limits. That’s when you move on to the final step. It works like this: Read every word of every assignment. Make sure you grade an entire class at once so you’ll know if a phrase or a creatively spelled word seems familiar, and then hunt back through 35 other papers until you find the one it’s copied from. It is important that you identify when students cheat and that your justice is swift and merciless.

I had an escalating system of consequences for cheating. First time, you split the grade. If the assignment gets a 90, each person gets a 45. Second time, each person gets a zero and a lunch detention. Third time, it’s a phone call home in addition to a zero and an after-school detention. Not a single kid made it to the third offense. They have to believe that you’re documenting this and you’ll follow through. Let them see you putting their names in your file so they know you know what offense they’re on. It is a logistical pain, but it’s effective.

So did my kids ace the standardized test because they had done their homework all year? Not to brag, but their writing scores were pretty high. And I don’t think they missed out on many valuable educational experiences when I stopped assigning worksheets. After all, they’d have just copied them anyway!

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3 Secret Tips How Can I Copy Homework without Getting Caught

3 Secret Tips How Can I Copy Homework without Getting Caught

Here in this blog, CodeAvail experts will explain to you 3 secret tips on how can I copy homework without getting caught step by step.

There might be a number of reasons why students don’t have any other alternative than to deal with homework. According to a study by Harvard, more than 42% of students Copy Homework Don’t confuse Copy Homework with cheating in-class assignments. Because Copy Homework is much easier than copying in-class assignments.

Many students are already doing it, but the problem is that they don’t know what to do or how to do it without being caught by the teacher. We are writing this blog to let you know how can I copy homework without getting caught.

In this digital era, Cheat Homework has become Child’s play because there is an end number of ways in which we can Cheat Homework. There are mainly 4 ways to Cheat Homework but they all vary according to risk and rewards.

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People do exist who have even completed their masters or Ph.D.’s just by Cheat Homework. So don’t lose hope or feel frustrated. Because after reading this blog, you will be fully confident in Cheat Homework. All these methods to cheat require only one major prerequisite which is the most necessary in Cheat Homework but we will discuss it at the end of this article.

3 Secret Tips How Can I Copy Homework

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Here are the three main methods for Copy Homework without Getting Caught:

1) Copy from Friend 

Copy Homework from a friend is the easiest and simplest way to do away with all the headaches from homework. But there are some important points to remember if you don’t want to get caught. 

The first one is you should choose your friend wisely and never ever lie to your friend. Because even if you are caught by chance he will be the one who can still deny it. And support you but suppose only after the teacher has matched both the homework and caught you both. Then it will be a big blow for your friend and he might confess that you theft his homework. Copy Homework will remain only as an allegation. But if your friend will confess then it will turn into theft, forgery, and cheating. 

The second one is earning the trust of your friend. Likewise, this will be the most beneficial thing which will also help you in future assignments. You should not share the Copied Homework with anyone else. The third one is always rephrasing the content in your own words. If you don’t rephrase it then it can be not only caught by the software. But it can also be caught even with the naked eye.

2) Copy from the Internet

Copy homework from the internet should always be your second option. Also, it might show you old data or this data might have been shared with your other classmates which will be a problem for everyone. But still, with these flaws, you can still be able to Copy Homework without any problem. You just have to pay attention to these three golden rules while coping with the internet.

The first one you should never copy all the content from one web page. It would be from multiple pages or from multiple sites by which changes will be highly unlikely that your homework will be matched to someone else. 

The second but most important point is to rephrase each and every line in your own language don’t feel bad if you are lacking in the skills of formulating sentences or writing flawless English. Because your sentence formation and spelling will make your Copy Homework unique homework.

The third one requires very little effort. But is crucial in getting your reputation saved there are various sites online which will check plagiarism for free just once do verify your rephrased paragraph from these types of tools.

3) Get it Done

Cheat Homework is not that much easy as people think it is because there are a lot of negotiations to get your homework done physically, mentally as well as financially. There are a lot of sources by which you can get your homework done from someone else. But no reward comes without effort there are mainly three cases or ways by which we can get our homework done from someone else these three are as follows

  • Get it done by some senior
  • Done from some classmate
  • Get it done from some freelancer

But all these methods require some kind of return either in money or in-kind you should focus on certain things in choosing this option. These points can be combined into three points which are written below.

First one should choose the person who will do our assignment wisely if I have to set all three options in order of reliability arranged from highly reliable to lowest reliable then Classmate >Senior > Freelancer. Because the not only quality of content changes but also the efforts are done by the Person. Likewise, because the freelancer is totally after money. So they will take your work as a job so there are fewer chances that he will put creativity in it. 

The second point focuses on double-checking I’m not raising questions on the trust. But getting double sure is the need of the hour so you should cross verify that content by giving a rough reading. And also getting it verified from the plagiarism catcher tools. The third is last but not the least always give something in return be it physically, mentally, or emotionally, and try to build a relationship with that person you might need his/her help in the coming years as well.

Now at the end, we will discuss the necessary Do’s and Don’t 

  • tell truth to the person from whom you are copying
  • Always rephrase sentences or change words with the synonyms.
  • try to make some mistakes in your language style so that it can’t be matched.
  • Never Share your Copied homework with someone else.
  • Copy Homework from a single site or webpage.
  • Never ever try to copy the format of the person’s homework from which you are copying.

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“Did My Student Copy and Paste?” Here’s How to Find Out

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There is so much written word in the world, it would seem almost insurmountable to figure out if your student copied and pasted their assignment.

Back in the day, it would be pretty easy to look at a student’s assignment and recognize if it had been plagiarized.  Words and phrases that didn’t sound like the student, were way above their knowledge level, or that you had actually read from your own experience would be pretty quick giveaways.

But in today’s world, there is so much writing everywhere, but especially online.  While you may recognize plagiarism from texts and other books as well as reports and articles online, it would be impossible to recognize work that your student copied and pasted from all of the articles and resources now found online.

So how do I answer the question, “Did my student copy and paste?”  There are several incredibly reliable plagiarism checkers online that you can use. And the vast majority of them are free!  But there are also clues you can pick up on that indicate plagiarism has occurred.  Yet another form of plagiarism you may discover is students outsourcing their assignments. And finally, as a student, you can use these resources to determine if you have accidentally plagiarized.  

I created the following graphic to help you make sure that the answer to “Did my student copy and paste” is not a problem in your classroom.  (And if it IS a problem, you can take care of it before it becomes a large problem.)

Did my student cut and paste?

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Make Sure Your Students Understand Plagiarism

Often students don’t realize that most of what they see online is not theirs to cut and paste.  We live in a time when sharing on social media is constant.  So it becomes very natural for students to also think its okay to cut and paste from their research online.  Because they don’t have to cite what they’re putting on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and whatever else they are using, it never occurs to them that their research assignment needs citations.

As soon as you start teaching your students research, you need to set aside time to explain plagiarism and citations.  After a few practice runs with how to format citations based on the media you are using, your students will be able to easily do it.

Note:  This does not get into the 3 major styles of citations–Chicago, Modern Language Association, or American Psychological Association.  That will be a lesson for another day.  This is referring to citations for research papers vs. citations for websites, videos, tweets, or whatever resources they are using.

Having a reference form available for them to keep in their binders will be a huge step in conquering the ” did my student cut and paste” fear that many teachers have and hate to deal with.

The guide I used for my students was  and amazing resource on  Mendeley .  They show how to do many different citations based on APA, MLA, and Harvard methods.

7 Clues That Your Student is Cutting and Pasting

There are lots of different ways to know if your student cut and pasted their work.  Some of them come down to knowing your students and the ways that they tend to communicate.  But many of them are based on anomalies found in the format of the report they turn in.  Here is a good guide to get you started.  I think that once you work with these, many others will become obvious to you over time as well.

1. If the Wording is Not the Way Your Student Tends to Communicate.

This one is hard to pin down if it is the beginning of the year or for whatever reason, you just don’t know the student very well.  It can also be tricky because as our students learn and develop over the year, their communication skills will improve and become more nuanced.  So this is not necessarily an indicator or plagiarism.  It could very well be development over time.

The red flag would be if you see a huge overnight difference in your student’s communication skills.  Then I would at least start looking into it.

2.  If Students are Unable to Express The Concepts They Wrote About

If your students cannot give at least a rudimentary explanation of what they wrote about once they have turned in their assignment, it is a good possibility that they copied and pasted what is in their assignment.

It could also be that the student worked on the assignment minimally and put it together in a rush, learning little to nothing from it.  That is not much better than plagiarism, and it is something you will need to address. But at least it isn’t illegal!

Regardless of the the details regarding why your student cannot communicate the material (s)he wrote, you will need to investigate to solve the problem.

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3. Certain Paragraphs or Passages are Inconsistent in Tone

If there are certain sentences, paragraphs, or passages that have a completely different tone or even theme from the rest of the work, it is very possible that it is due to student cut and paste activity.

Especially as students are learning to write, consistency in tone may not be overly consistent, but it will not be as obviously out of place as when a student has copied and pasted from other works online.  That will be an obvious tip off to you to look into the matter.

4. Abrupt Changes in Person

Again, this is not necessarily something that young writers will be totally consistent with.  But it will be obvious if the general tone is, for example, written in first person and then for just one isolated paragraph it is written in second or third person.

When students are learning to write and do research, you will definitely see inconsistencies in person.  But the difference here is that if  you find writing in which the person is consistent throughout except for the one section, you will probably want to look into it a bit more.

5. Subtle Changes in Font

Few students of any grade will cut and paste other materials in an obvious way.  They certainly will not use significantly larger or bolder print.  And you aren’t going to see drastically different font styles, which you generally wouldn’t see anyway because font styles for most online reports and articles are pretty similar.

What you will catch is very subtle changes in font that are just a small amount of the assignment–a paragraph or two generally.  It could be just a font size of one or two points more or less.  Or it could be one of a number of very similar fonts to Times New Roman for example.

The problem you will have with this is that the vast majority of us would not necessarily pick up the difference between these fonts because they are so similar.  Here is an example of text from an excerpt of The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis:

Did my student cut and paste

While the first paragraph was written in Times New Roman with a font size of 11, the second paragraph was written in Calista with also a size 11 font.  They are virtually indistinguishable.  So unless cutting and pasting is coming from a blog post or other different format, many times you will not necessarily see this kind of plagiarism on first glance.

But on occasion, you may have the student that doesn’t really care enough to change an obviously different font.  And honestly, in those cases, students are probably unaware that they are breaking any copyright laws, hence the lack of trying to hide it.

6. Bizarre Dates or Events in Plagiarized Content

Occasionally, you will have a student write an assignment and cut and paste material that clearly doesn’t fit into the time frame and events of what they are supposed to be writing.

For example, if a student is writing a piece on current unrest in the world right now and you find a section talking about injustices in Bosnia, especially in the early 1990’s, you probably have some plagiarism issues to deal with.

While a student can certainly reference the Bosnian conflict in an assignment for today’s world, it would be more of an example, a passing reference, or other such mention, and not a part of the narrative that the student is trying to communicate.

It will definitely be obvious to you if a part of an assignment is cut and pasted vs. a part of the actual assignment in these cases.

7.  Lack of a Consistent Theme in Plagiarism

In this case, you may have a student that does pretty well in tying down the theme of most of the assignment, but one or two sections just seem drastically out of place with the rest of the topic.

Or it could be that the whole thing is all over the place.  While it could just be a matter of a student that doesn’t do a great job of sticking to the subject and developing it, it could also be that they are cutting and pasting from various sources to get the assignment done without putting any significant work into it.

As you get to know your students, this will actually be one of the easiest ways to determine if your student cut and pasted.

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Some Free Plagiarism Checker Options

I had a hard time finding plagiarism checkers that were actually free.  Most of the articles that featured free plagiarism checkers were capitalizing on the fact that there were free trials.  The following list are actually free and not trials!

But in order to do that, do we have to sacrifice quality?  It actually does seem so to a degree.  There are a couple of okay options for free.  Unfortunately, you or your school will have to shell out some money in order to get a really good plagiarism checker.

That being said, let’s take a look at the free options that do a decent job even if they can’t catch everything!

Quetext is a copy and paste plagiarism checker.  It is super easy to use because of this, but you can’t upload large documents to check.

So I tested it out with a guest post from my site.  How do you think it fared?

Actually it did an excellent job!  I copied and pasted one paragraph from the article and it immediately picked up on an original article by my guest poster.  Fortunately, I won’t be in any trouble for it since my article explicitly states that I had permission from the author and she even included a short blurb in the original article referencing back to mine.

So I decided to try one obscure paragraph from one of my own articles.  And sure enough, it pointed right back to my site!

The one thing that it did insist was that after I did the first check, it made me register for free for the second one.  But the fact that it picked everything up immediately was enough for me to be willing to give them my info!

It also gave (in both cases) a 100% chance of plagiarism rating, which was absolutely correct.

The final test I gave it was a copy/paste of this article before being published.  It took a bit longer, maybe because there was no obvious plagiarism.  It did give me a rating of 20% chance of plagiarism for the following two phrases:

One final plus was that it only took a few seconds to complete the search.  

However, I did not try to do any extensive articles.   

It said the first one could have come from a website called “” and the other one was attached to a trip advisor review.  Since it is easy to see that both are random associations and not plagiarism, it was a good report.

One final plus was that it only took a few seconds to complete the search.  However, I did not try to do any extensive articles.

I was pretty thrilled with its performance though!

2. PlagTracker

After how much I loved Quetext, I almost didn’t want to check this one out.  That probably would have been fine because after accessing the site, I found it significantly less user friendly than Quetext.  I copied and pasted one of the same paragraphs as above to get a good comparison.  And I couldn’t get it to initiate the search.

What I did get was the following page:

It first of all requires a subscription in order to get any results.  And it also instructed me to email them in order to get the ball rolling.  It turned out to be not user friendly at all.  And as a result, I got no results.

I tried the site owners and students options and got this same result.  And when I tried to click on the publishers and teachers options, I got a URL not found error on both of them.

Reviews also say that it gets a ton of false positives.  That was enough for me to realize I would be wasting my time with this one.

Maybe if the sign up process was easier, I would have found a more intuitive program.  But I just didn’t get that far.

3. Plagiarism Detector

The final one I tried was Plagiarism Detector.

It was super easy to use.  I immediately saw the box to copy and paste and started with the same paragraph from one of my published posts.  After a few seconds, it came back as 100% plagiarized but didn’t give me any sources to say what it was plagiarized from.

So then I took the same excerpt from this pre-published article that I used above.  That search came back a few seconds later saying 100% not plagiarized.  I was satisfied with that since I was writing that I had literally just typed and not published yet.  It also didn’t get the same hits as Quetext, but since even Quetext was just claiming similarities and not plagiarism, I was content with both results of both sites.

Of course, googling your text is also a great way to check on suspected plagiarized texts.  Google literally has the largest database on the internet, so it would be a valid search.

The one disadvantage to Google is that you can’t necessarily cut and paste a huge amount of text.  But it certainly works quickly and efficiently for a small portion of text that you want to check on briefly.

The Verdict

So after reviewing these options, what would my recommendations be?  I would definitely use Quetext first, both because of it’s ease of use and it produces sources of plagiarized text.  But Plagiarism Detector is a close second and certainly worthwhile.  And Google will always be a great quick option.

The one thing that I was unable to do was determine if private articles and non-public texts were identifiable.  And for those, it largely depends on if companies have permission from the author to determine that.  This is same for even paid plagiarism checkers as well, so I don’t necessarily see this as a detriment.  This is especially true since I am not evaluating college level assignments.

The bottom line here is that we have some excellent options that are free and easy to use!

How Students Can Make Sure They Have Not Accidentally Plagiarized

It is pretty imperative that students learn from an early age that plagiarism is a serious issue.  Teaching them that copying and pasting without giving credit where it is due is a huge problem will help to encourage them to not do it.

Another great way to discourage them from copying and pasting is to show them how a plagiarism checker works.  They will first of all be pretty amazed at how easy it is.  Then they will be struck with how easy it will be for them to get caught!

There are a few times, as I referenced above, that original work can be close enough to other writing that it gets a possible hit for plagiarism.  And that is fine as long as it is kept in proper perspective.

A great way to help students to check their own work is to have a station in your classroom with a tablet or small laptop notebook that will allow students to check their own work before turning it in.  Having the sites ready to go makes it even quicker and easier.  And it could be a ground breaking advantage for your students as they navigate the world of writing.

So this is how to find out the answer to the question, “Did my student copy and paste?”  It also gives some great advice on making sure our original work actually is original.  It is a great tool for all of us to use as we are constantly improving our work in the world.

How have you dealt with the issue of students copying and pasting in your classroom or homeschool?  I would love to hear your input.  Feel free to comment below!

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Indeed with these lessons in streaming, which I do not love at all, this danger is around the corner. How do teachers notice. Really interesting blog post, even for parents.

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Yes, Cristina! Where there’s a will there’s a way for kids to get around the rules. And right now you are right that it is easier than ever. Teaching them the right way and the risks is a good way to circumvent a good amount of it!

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I will be starting to teach at private school in a month or two, just waiting for directives on the current pandemic. I will try the list of plagiarism checkers ones I start teaching. It is good to know this ahead of time. Thanks

I am glad this was helpful to you, Kingsley! Congrats on the new job and stay safe! ♥

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I’m sure all kids have done it at some time, it never pays off though and always best to catch them out if you can. Good tips to watch for.

As a young student, I would take resources and re-word them to make them my own writing. As I got older I learned to develop my own style. But I wonder how much of that would be considered plagiarism now. I think many kids do it unintentionally, or just don’t realize how it works. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Fiona! And I do think you are right that most if not all kids have done it at some time, intentional or not.

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Glad that there are now tools to make it easier for teachers to check. I’ve had classmates when I was still in school who got caught plagiarizing!

I know a couple of students that got caught as well. One was a straight A student. She ended up confessing before getting caught and because of it I think they worked it out favorably for all. Thank you for sharing, Meki!

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This is such a great article to read by my friend who is also an educator. I am pretty sure that all students are doing this thing but this post will help her know if her students are doing a copy, cut and paste with their works.

Thank you for sharing with her, Gervin. I think many students cut and paste, not realizing they need to give credit to the source or come up with their own reports.

I may say that this is very essential today as we’re on the new norm of online schooling. We need our student to learn the important of plagiarism and make them be responsible and respect other’s work.

You are absolutely right about this!

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I remember being in school and it being drilled into us how bad plagiarism is and how you always always always must cite sources. This is SO important.

I do remember this being addressed repeatedly around 4th or 5th grade. I think because that is when kids just naturally start doing it, not necessarily realizing that they are wrong for doing it. I think it is even more critical now in the digital world we live in. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! ♥

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I would have never thought about kids plagiarizing! But it is definitely a concern, thanks for the wonderful tips!!

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I love this! Students will never learn anything if they take the copy and paste approach. Well covered with a solid solution. I have many TEFL teacher friends that I’d like to share this with. Thanks for this.

Thank you for sharing, Piper. And you are so right that there is no learning involved in just cutting and pasting!

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Some students cheat knowing that they’re cheating but others do it without knowing it is actually plagiarism. I love what you said about explaining to the student what is considered plagiarism and what is not.

Thank you, Chad! And I agree that most kids probably don’t even realize that they are doing wrong. Educating them about what the right procedures are will help take that problem out of the mix.

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It’s inevitable that some students do it. We use an app at school to check plagiarism. This is to give merits to those who really did their assignment.

This is awesome, Emman! I am glad that your school systems are working with it.

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copying and pasting will not improve students knowledge…glad you shared such helpful information with us..great work though..these tips and ideas are definitely going to be very useful one too…

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Good point about making sure the students know what plagiarism is in the first place. The whole time I was reading about it, I thought, you can just “google” the paragraph to check, and then sure enough you listed it as a resource, haha. Great to know there are other sources to use as well.

Is it bad that I am actually glad I was predictable in this case, lol?

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This is such an important post for teachers to read in this modern age. With so much out there on the internet, it’s super easy for kids to copy/paste and just bank on the fact that there’s so much out there the teacher won’t notice.

They won’t get away with that mentality for long in this world! But that is also why training is imperative so they know before they attempt it!

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I hate to say it, but I was one of those copy/paste kids in school. Back then, the internet was so new, it was really hard for teachers to spot it. Great post.

Thanks, Bill. I think when the internet was new a lot of younger people thought it was just fine to cut and paste without thinking about consequences or the significance of what they were doing.

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It’s amazing how much things have changed over the years. When I was in high school, I knew a lot of kids who just recycled other work, and they never got caught. I’m so glad teachers are able to catch it now. Kids only cheat themselves when they do this.

You are so right, Brianne. Even if they got away with it, they didn’t learn anything so it was still a huge waste of whatever time they invested in working it all out.

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It’s so difficult to find original book nowadays because of anything it’s great that you can teach us how to distinguish everything.

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Plagiarism is a plague and students are getting caught up in it. We all love a good dose of originality, creativity and most of all doing their best!

I agree, Rosy. We need creativity and originality! That is what keeps the world moving! Thank you for your thoughts.

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As an English Language Arts teacher, you become attuned rather quickly to this problem! I will have to check out some of your suggestions of plagiarism trackers. Thanks for sharing!

I hope you find them helpful, Angel! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. ♥

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Plagiarism checker is a huge thing. Its really not acceptable when they do that.

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Plagiarism is such an important concept especially now that so much information is available online. Many students think that copy and paste is Ok. Great article.

Thank you, Norma!

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These are surely helpful tools and platforms to check for plagiarized work. Makes it a lot easier to spot when it has been committed.

Very true, Lucy. It would be impossible to do otherwise.

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Plagiarism is such a big issue in schools because a lot of students may think that they can cut corners instead of doing the actual work. It’ll hinder them from actual learning and growth. That’s why it is so important for teachers to be able to catch if a student is copying someone else’s work.

I could not have worded that reply any better, Jasmine! You hit the nail on the head. Thank you for your thoughts. ♥

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Wow! Such great & helpful tips to help teachers detect plagiarism, Bravo 🙌🏻

Thank you, Romy.

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These are great tips. I wpuld definitely follow these if I was a teacher.

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Hihi….you just caught me with the pointer about changing of person. It always sells us out.

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Really enjoyed the post. First things first: the student have to know about plagiarism, and why it is important to do otherwise. Prevention of plagiarism is talking about it and showing examples of it. And stating a fact that our own thoughts are of value.

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Those are all the great tips to find copy, paste from students. Especially with the support of plagiarism tools, the process is much more easier now.

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Everything is very open with a very clear explanation of the issues. It was truly informative. Your website is very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

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The Pros and Cons of Homework


Homework is a word that most students dread hearing. After hours upon hours of sitting in class , the last thing we want is more schoolwork over our precious weekends. While it’s known to be a staple of traditional schooling, homework has also become a rather divise topic. Some feel as though homework is a necessary part of school, while others believe that the time could be better invested. Should students have homework? Have a closer look into the arguments on both sides to decide for yourself.

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Why should students have homework, 1. homework encourages practice.

Many people believe that one of the positive effects of homework is that it encourages the discipline of practice. While it may be time consuming and boring compared to other activities, repetition is needed to get better at skills. Homework helps make concepts more clear, and gives students more opportunities when starting their career .

2. Homework Gets Parents Involved

Homework can be something that gets parents involved in their children’s lives if the environment is a healthy one. A parent helping their child with homework makes them take part in their academic success, and allows for the parent to keep up with what the child is doing in school. It can also be a chance to connect together.

3. Homework Teaches Time Management

Homework is much more than just completing the assigned tasks. Homework can develop time management skills , forcing students to plan their time and make sure that all of their homework assignments are done on time. By learning to manage their time, students also practice their problem-solving skills and independent thinking. One of the positive effects of homework is that it forces decision making and compromises to be made.

4. Homework Opens A Bridge Of Communication

Homework creates a connection between the student, the teacher, the school, and the parents. It allows everyone to get to know each other better, and parents can see where their children are struggling. In the same sense, parents can also see where their children are excelling. Homework in turn can allow for a better, more targeted educational plan for the student.

5. Homework Allows For More Learning Time

Homework allows for more time to complete the learning process. School hours are not always enough time for students to really understand core concepts, and homework can counter the effects of time shortages, benefiting students in the long run, even if they can’t see it in the moment.

6. Homework Reduces Screen Time

Many students in North America spend far too many hours watching TV. If they weren’t in school, these numbers would likely increase even more. Although homework is usually undesired, it encourages better study habits and discourages spending time in front of the TV. Homework can be seen as another extracurricular activity, and many families already invest a lot of time and money in different clubs and lessons to fill up their children’s extra time. Just like extracurricular activities, homework can be fit into one’s schedule.

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The Other Side: Why Homework Is Bad

1. homework encourages a sedentary lifestyle.

Should students have homework? Well, that depends on where you stand. There are arguments both for the advantages and the disadvantages of homework.

While classroom time is important, playground time is just as important. If children are given too much homework, they won’t have enough playtime, which can impact their social development and learning. Studies have found that those who get more play get better grades in school , as it can help them pay closer attention in the classroom.

Children are already sitting long hours in the classroom, and homework assignments only add to these hours. Sedentary lifestyles can be dangerous and can cause health problems such as obesity. Homework takes away from time that could be spent investing in physical activity.

2. Homework Isn’t Healthy In Every Home

While many people that think homes are a beneficial environment for children to learn, not all homes provide a healthy environment, and there may be very little investment from parents. Some parents do not provide any kind of support or homework help, and even if they would like to, due to personal barriers, they sometimes cannot. Homework can create friction between children and their parents, which is one of the reasons why homework is bad .

3. Homework Adds To An Already Full-Time Job

School is already a full-time job for students, as they generally spend over 6 hours each day in class. Students also often have extracurricular activities such as sports, music, or art that are just as important as their traditional courses. Adding on extra hours to all of these demands is a lot for children to manage, and prevents students from having extra time to themselves for a variety of creative endeavors. Homework prevents self discovery and having the time to learn new skills outside of the school system. This is one of the main disadvantages of homework.

4. Homework Has Not Been Proven To Provide Results

Endless surveys have found that homework creates a negative attitude towards school, and homework has not been found to be linked to a higher level of academic success.

The positive effects of homework have not been backed up enough. While homework may help some students improve in specific subjects, if they have outside help there is no real proof that homework makes for improvements.

It can be a challenge to really enforce the completion of homework, and students can still get decent grades without doing their homework. Extra school time does not necessarily mean better grades — quality must always come before quantity.

Accurate practice when it comes to homework simply isn’t reliable. Homework could even cause opposite effects if misunderstood, especially since the reliance is placed on the student and their parents — one of the major reasons as to why homework is bad. Many students would rather cheat in class to avoid doing their homework at home, and children often just copy off of each other or from what they read on the internet.

5. Homework Assignments Are Overdone

The general agreement is that students should not be given more than 10 minutes a day per grade level. What this means is that a first grader should be given a maximum of 10 minutes of homework, while a second grader receives 20 minutes, etc. Many students are given a lot more homework than the recommended amount, however.

On average, college students spend as much as 3 hours per night on homework . By giving too much homework, it can increase stress levels and lead to burn out. This in turn provides an opposite effect when it comes to academic success.

The pros and cons of homework are both valid, and it seems as though the question of ‘‘should students have homework?’ is not a simple, straightforward one. Parents and teachers often are found to be clashing heads, while the student is left in the middle without much say.

It’s important to understand all the advantages and disadvantages of homework, taking both perspectives into conversation to find a common ground. At the end of the day, everyone’s goal is the success of the student.

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