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How To Cheat In College & What to do About It

I’m David AND I’m Daniel.
This is a podcast for: Students, Professors, Parents, and all of higher education. Our mission is to champion “Student Caring” as a way of addressing the challenges in higher education today.

Today, for PODCAST #15 ---------   HOW TO CHEAT - AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

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Have you seen a student cheat on a test? How? Cheat while writing a paper? How. Please share - we are collection information.

FORMER STUDENT:   This feels like a trap.

FORMER STUDENT:Well in my good ol' cheating days I would record my answers onto my iphone and put it in my pocket with my earphones hidden- I’ve also written equations onto my calculator in lead so it doesn't show up until you reflect it off light. Sometimes i'll write answers on my arms or legs and pretend I have an itch to check them. before class i will also get there early and write answers on my desk and cover them with my arm until I need them. These are my secrets I'm giving to you David for I no longer need them- use them well

Miranda Gorman: Sometimes wonder if those who cheat really come out ahead in life?

Janet Arbuckle:  I'm with Miranda, but I'm also in support of the teachers who want to protect from cheating. Sorry, no specific stories to tell.

FORMER STUDENT:   I never cheated, I also never studied. Hence, my grades in college


UCI computer engineering: tapping simple morse code with class ring. (2/3 of exam was Morse Code, so it worked until they got caught.)

"Professors just just set up their desks and I don't have a clue why what's going on."

"Sticky note on the back of the calculator or photograph of notes everything is view on the phone."

"We just look up papers online and use somebody else's."

"It’s not called cheating.  Just using your resources."

"Students don't know how to cite.  If they pull from multiple sources they think it's not cheating."

"Someone else writes the paper. Often a girl friend."

"Wear a hoodie with an iPod, listen to the answers."

"Pre program answers into a calculator."

"There is real  vs fake  ignorance."

"I write answers  in between my fingers or on my shoes."

"I use white quote marks - surrounding the entire purchased paper for --  it doesn't catch that I purchased the paper."

"Submit a bad file to get out of turning a paper in on time. Shows to the Professor as a “Bad file” - It buys you more time to turn it in.

"Put chapstick on a SCANTRON. All answers come out correct.”

"Place notes in a jacket sleeve."

"Mirrors on the top of my shoes. Answers under the desk."

"Create sources which don't exist."

"I watch people teach all the time."

"Answers are placed just under the hem of a skirt."

"Most of the time nobody gets caught."

"Have a scantron already made out from a previous class who took the same test."

"I place a paper under test and look at at."

"Get there early and write the answers on desk."

"Answers on the floor in the text book."

"Answers on sandals - under my foot.

"I ask the person next to me."

"Professors need to pay attention when someone turns in their paper to you, that's when students cheat."

"Answers are placed in side of doodles."

"Wear a jacket - place the empty arm on the desk - answers are on your arm - inside the jacket."

"Answers under the bill of a hat.

From our online community:
Colin Fredericks - I've seen some people take advantage of the fact that sitting in banked lecture halls gives you a great view on the diagonal. I've had students (both my own and friend's) cut-and-paste from scientific journals and papers. Hell, I had someone cut-and-paste from Wikipedia and not even take out the [1] footnotes. I've had students who copied someone else's scantron sheet, not realizing that every single person in the 150-seat class had an individually randomized exam.

This is not restricted to my teaching days. I had classmates in graduate school who used the Chinese version of the textbook, which had the answers to the homework. (They failed the tests hard, having never done the work to learn.)

A graduate student at my old college cheated on his qualifying exams by hiding books in a bathroom stall, and the college was too cowardly to kick him out. Later he plagiarized his masters thesis and finally got kicked out. He'll never work in physics again.

But just type "buy a paper" or "write papers for money" into Google and page through the results. Or check out this article:

and this one

YouTube - How To Cheat
How To Cheat On Any Test - Links (Millions of views)

Our recent podcast details a number of amazing ways students have developed to cheat on exams and essays, suggesting that cheating is happening much more (and in more sophisticated ways) than we would like to admit.

What should we, as educators who care for our students' futures, do about this?

1. The Preemptive Presentation:
On the first day of class, while discussing the syllabus, share with your students what you now know about cheating. Show them a website, talk about different techniques, and talk to them about your need to take this seriously because academic dishonesty robs them of an education.  Remind them of your knowledge, you policies and the consequences of cheating before exams and before essays are due.

2.  Have a Plan
Be active during tests, circulating through the class (or assigning a T.A. to circulate through a larger lecture), and have policies established about not allowing students to leave during the class, not allowing phones, etc.

3.  Know Your Policies
Know your college's policies on academic dishonesty and abide by them--don't over-punish students and try not to under-punish them as well.  Report instances of plagiarism or other dishonesty per your policies.  If you don't report a case, a student may continue to act dishonestly in other classes and have a further incident be treated as a first offense.

4.  Understand, Build Relationships, and Care
Understand that some students cooly choose to cheat, while others panic.  Try to have a conversation on the substance of what has happened and what cheating does to people, rather than focusing on just the grade implications.  If the student is open to it, give them some advice on studying / preparing / essay writing.

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