What percentage of students have cheated?

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Shocking statistics show that between 75%-98% of college students have claimed to have cheated in their academic careers at some point.

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Other interesting statistics found were, cheating usually begins in primary school, 9 out of 10 students admit to copying someone else’s homework and it most often occurs in science or math classes (can’t argue with that one).

In today’s society, it is even easier and more accessible for students to cheat on assignments, essays, exams etc. with the majority of them owning smartphones. Information is just at the touch of a button. Which could be unsettling for parents and teachers as it is hard to monitor whether your child or student is actually learning or just really tech-savvy and pulling the wool over your eyes.

A survey was done at Josephson Institute of Ethics with 12,000 high school students and 74% of them admitted that not only did they cheat but they were cheating to get ahead. Students know that cheating is, of course, unethical, but they continue to do it. Common excuses like ‘I just needed a little bit of help’ or ‘everyone else is doing it’ and even ‘my teacher is so bad I have to cheat’. In today’s society, it is even easier and more accessible for students to cheat with the majority of them owning smartphones. Information is just at the touch of a button.

In Ireland the biggest set of exams you sit in your academic life is indeed the dreaded Leaving Cert, the Godfather of all exams. It can put unnecessary pressure on students to perform their best. Don’t get me wrong I am all for encouraging everyone to do well but sometimes it is best to step back and let the student handle things their way. The stressful days leading up to the Leaving may be what makes someone decide they need to cheat in order to survive. Let me tell you this, it is a HUGE mistake. Do not jeopardise your future based on a few stressful days you may be going through; it is not worth it. Plus, those exam supervisors are like sniffer dogs they’ll spot you a mile off.

As already discussed, cheating is something all of us seem to have done at one point. I’m not condoning it, at all but just think wisely about it. The satisfaction you will get from receiving an honest grade will be more rewarding than flaunting a fake one.

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