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by ANTHONY VUONG
Students should be completing their work with diligence, as cheating and copying assignments will not result in effective learning.
Though copying work may seem easier than actually attempting to do it, it will not benefit students in the long run. Copying work is like mindless writing, which results in no absorbing of the material and may result in negative consequences such as losing points.
Copying work from any source or anyone affects the way a student performs in his or her classes. Without attempting the material for themselves, students will learn less, possibly affecting their grades, and future success.
Without actually working on the material given, students cannot thoroughly assess whether or not they understand concepts covered in class. While they may get decent grades because they turn in dishonest work, future material will be harder to understand and tests will be very challenging. Additionally, classes that they fake in the future may be tougher without having needed background knowledge.
Constantly copying work can turn into a habit for students and can lead to them being unable to make up for all of the prior knowledge they have missed; this will require them to waste more time trying to catch up on information already taught in class.
Students who copy work frequently become reliant on dishonesty and avoid doing assignments for themselves. It is better for students to lose points and do their own work, since they can learn from their mistakes.
When copying work, students are dishonest, which affects other classmates’ and even the teacher’s perspective on the student, as they begin to see students who are dishonest as irresponsible, unreliable people, resulting in the consequence of a loss of trust in the dishonest students.
In order for students to fully comprehend information given in class, they must put their own abilities to full use. While cheating may seem to be an immediate solution, students who are dishonest in their work will never realize their full potential as scholars.