Why Most Students Would Prefer To Cheat Rather Than Fail Their Tests
Cheating in exams has been a prevalent issue since the inception of higher learning. Cases of cheating in colleges have not only led to the specific results being cancelled, but also seen students get expelled from school. However, one survey conducted by Don McCabe indicate that cheating habit not only manifest once student join institutions of higher learning, but take course right at the high school level. Most scholars would associate academic cheating with frequent tests students are subjected to doing that tend to trigger some sort of panic, and as a result resolve to cheating to boost their grades.
Most students are not confident with their original thoughts, which is the more reason they confide in unauthorized materials to do their tests. These students are subjected to believing that their own ideas are likely to earn them lower grades compared to when they use extra resources to write their papers. Among the sources that students rely on to boost their grades include the internet. Mostly, weak students would use the internet where they believe that the professor would confuse the cut and pasted information related to the test as their own. Such students believe that the internet provide eloquent ideas, and that would earn them higher grades than their own. This means that they lack confidence in their ability to revise for the given test. Furthermore, students tend to believe that professors are never interested in hearing students’ thoughts, the more reason they prefer copy pasting related information.
It is common to find students lacking the appropriate capacity to manage their time well in revising for their tests, something that subjects them to cheat. Poor time management skills is a prevalent case in higher learning institutions, attribute to the various activities that take place. The problem, however arises when exams are near the corner which makes students believe that they have run out of time to revise for the particular exams. The result witnessed, is the students panicking, thereby, resolving to shortcuts believed would earn them better grades.
The inappropriately prioritized activities in colleges is a significant concern when examination cheating is given a consideration. Most students would be found prioritizing their social or extracurricular activities over their studies, a factor that causes them to neglect their studies and only think of the same when exams are approaching. In the end the poor time management skills would witness majority of them using uncensored material in the exam room, believing that they will be interpreted as their original thoughts.
Also, most students associate failing a test with failing the entire class, an anxiety that pushes them to doing that with is not recommended. For example, one might find themselves writing information that they think might appear on the test on anything they find convenient to carry along with them in the exam room. Most students would associate this with the fact that most invigilators are never concerned with how they are writing their tests, hence use any means possible to jot down the pieces of information in their exam papers.
Another reason that might trigger students to cheats is when they encounter their peers doing so, which makes them feel left out when they do not engage in the same activity. This is a behavior that most people will associate with being ambitious. Most students who copy their peers’ behavior tend to bring a picture of them being ambitious too as their cheating peers. This is a condition that make them believe that they won’t achieve their academic goals when they do not cheat as well. To them, this is never an act of being lazy to study extra hard, but a goal oriented activity. No matter hard these students might have studies, it seems challenging for them to use their original thought when they are in the same room with cheating peers. The behavior is justified with being competitive enough to meet the desired grades, an idea that subjects them to rely on various cheating methods when doing their tests.
The tough competition both in the real world and in the exam room significantly impact on students’ abilities to perform in the exam room. The ruthless competition that college students face subjects them to more pressure that compels them to cheat. As a result, negative attitude towards achieving better grades in the most genuine way is mostly promoted among majority of the students. The realization of having to compete with the entire classroom to prove individual value witness them engaging in mischievous deeds to obtain better grades.
Moreover, most cheating students prefer getting punished for the mischievous deed than getting lower grades in their tests. The threat of being severely punished when caught is rarely given a consideration when it comes to following examinations rules. Also, most institutions show apathy in formulating more favorable ways of doing test, a condition that makes students believe that even if they cheat their professors won’t notice.
Students tend to shy away from consulting in areas they find challenging regards their course work, a situation that makes them to remain inactive throughout the entire lectures. This cause them to forget most of the information taught, thereby facing hard times when doing the same papers. Furthermore, the advancing that technology has penetrated in to learning institutions have witnessed changes in teaching methods. If not well incorporated, such methods impact on the students’ learning abilities, thereby interfering with their classroom performance. Further research also hold that students tend to forget that which they have been taught more easily than not, a situation that subjects them to cheating in exams to boost their grades.
Some students claim that there exist too many assignments to write, and with the limited time provided, they resolve to use unauthorized methods to meet the tight deadlines. The technique used by most college professors to provide convenient feedback to their students is considered ineffective enough to prepare the students well for the major tests ahead. This system of assessment is considered unbearable by most students who complain of exhaustion when revising for their papers. But since these projects are essential for the final grade, students are subjected to indulge in unethical practices to achieve better results. Some may decide to directly copy information from the net or purchase related papers.
Also, the essence of cheating in colleges is considered a complex issue that can be associated to procrastination. Students would, however, blame this on a learning system that does not meet their individual capacities. Institutions tend to impose huge expectations that may become impossible to meet, making students innovate various ways to boost their grades. Among the creativity include using devious means to write their papers.
Most students focus on critiquing their decision making capabilities more than working on the same, a situation that encourage them to cheat. Such critiques to a significant extent promote the level of anxiety which cause them to panic when handling their exam papers. In addition, the level at which students tend to influence themselves in the manner of doing related activities is a call for concern in most institutions. The feeling that they have to prove their smartness in the class, or even appear cooler than their friends taking other classes, or as a way of impressing their professors and parents drives them to engage in deviant behaviors. Students cheat with the perception that if they do so they are likely to be acknowledged by the society at large.
Obviously, nobody would like to fail their tests, but should this be the reason to cheat? The various means used by students to cheat is increasingly receiving attention. As a matter of fact, the ideal way to combat this behavior is yet to be established. However, most professors believe that the ideal way of ending this would be accepting papers that are accompanied with note cards, drafts, and related outlines that have been continuously assessed throughout the assignment progress. Some recommend related footnotes that are checked for plagiarism against the used sources. Checking footnotes is considered cumbersome, but it could be ideal way to end the cheating menace in schools.
Seeing the bigger picture regards examination cheating will indeed help in identifying possible ways of helping students to get through their academic work successfully. Besides, there exist many problems faced in the course of college life that could trigger students to cheat apart from being lazy and wanting more than they have worked for. Looking at things from this angles would go a long way in resolving the problem of cheating. This will help students to look for more elaborate ways of revising for and doing their tests, and thereby not settling for mischievous methods of finding their way to the top.