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Traditional Methods of Student Cheating

written by: Lady Lit•edited by: Trent Lorcher•updated: 11/26/2008

This article examines the traditional methods that students use to cheat.

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    Introduction

    Let’s face it—students are better at some things than others. When it comes to cheating in school, they are self-proclaimed experts.

    This series will focus on traditional methods students use to cheat versus the modern, electronic forms of student cheating. This series will focus on old school cheating versus new school cheating. This particular article will discuss the traditional ways in which students cheat.

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    Students are only Hurting Themselves

    What students fail to see is that when they engage in cheating, they are only hurting themselves. They are not learning the concepts and material that they are supposed to learn. It is quite apparent that when students engage in cheating, they are apathetic and lack the desire and/or the motivation to honestly achieve success in school via dedication to the studies.

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    Traditional Methods Students Use to Cheat

    Some traditional ways in which students cheat include:

    • Students cheat by looking at another’s paper/answers.
    • Students steal a completed test or assignment from the basket in which assignments are turned in.
    • Students have notes/answers underneath their assignments or tests.
    • Students write answers underneath the bill of their ball cap.
    • Students write answers on the inside of a baggy shirt and “peep" down the neck of the shirt or down the sleeve.
    • Students place answers next to their desk on the floor.
    • Students write the answers on top of their desk or on their hands.
    • Students may also write the answers on the bottom of their shoes or on the soles of their shoes.
    • Student may work with a partner and have devised a code, using body parts i.e. tapping, coughing, etc.
    • Students may leave the room and post the answers to your test in the student bathroom.
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    One Common Element: Dishonesty

    There is absolutely nothing high-tech about these traditional ways of student cheating. One aspect they have in common is dishonesty. Students who cheat feel they have accomplished a goal, but one day, they will realize they only cheated themselves out of an education. Students will also realize they are unable to cheat their way through life, so the earlier they learn that cheating in school is immoral and unethical, the better off and more successful they will be.

New School Cheating Versus Old School Cheating

This series examines the traditional methods that students use to cheat and compares such methods with the more modern, electronic forms of cheating. The series also details the steps teachers can do to deter students from cheating in their classrooms.
  1. Traditional Methods of Student Cheating
  2. Cheating in High School with Technology
  3. Preventing Cheating in the Classroom