Why college students cheat

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How bad has cheating become over the years, the numbers in some cases are mind-boggling. In today’s day and age the amount of college students cheating is numbered to have maintain a steady figure of about 75 percent. (Lang, 2013) Cheating has been around since the beginning of time, some of the reasons behind most of the prolific cheaters are centered on what seems to be three main issues plaguing our society. Cheaters be it young or old, all seem to have what I call the “Big Three” in common. In my research on cheating, there were three things that continued to stick out, such as; procrastinating, the pressure to make the grade and it is easier to cheat rather then to do your own work. To the answer the question why college students cheat, we must first understand why, in order to find a solution on how to help avoid this continuing going forward. After reading this paper you will see that cheating has become prevalent in college, caused by a need to get better grades with less original work being done eventually the ends don't justify the means. “I’ll do it later this week, I have time” some of the most commonly used words for procrastinators. Individuals who are procrastinators sometimes feel they work best under pressure, giving them a way to self-sooth themselves when facing reality of the work that lies ahead. Many procrastinators have very busy lives, such as working full or part time, others are juggling family life with kids in addition to work. It seems as if finding the balance between their everyday lives while attending school are for many a recipe for disaster. Those who leave work until the last minute are really never able to find the time to accomplish the work. If we take procrastinators for face value we ca... ... middle of paper ... ...ble to over come such a habit will undoubtedly give you greater control over your life. Understanding why students cheat and will help us better see the signs ahead of time and hopefully provide the individuals with the help and resources they need in order to really get the value of a college education. In the end cheating gets you nowhere and just lowers you ability to perform at a higher level. Works Cited Danielson, R. (2010, 11 26). Cheating OK for scholarship winners? . (N. 2. Friday, Producer) Retrieved 4 14, 2014, from http://www.gainesville.com : http://www.gainesville.com/article/20101126/ARTICLES/101129693?tc=ar Lang, J. M. (2013, 8 4). How college classes encourage cheating. Retrieved 4 16, 2014, from http://www.bostonglobe.com: http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/08/03/how-college-classes-encourage-cheating/3Q34x5ysYcplWNA3yO2eLK/story.html

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