How to Stop Cheating

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

“The Road Not Taken” written by Robert Frost

Almost everyone wants to achieve good grades in school or pass The Exit Exam to graduate from High School. To accomplish this, some follow the path less traveled by and take the time to actually learn the material and do the work. But others cheat instead of taking the time to study. Whether you cheat all the time, or, like most students, once in a while, you can stop cheating, but only if you’re ready to quit cheating. Cheating counts as lying and stealing.


1.Decide that you want to stop cheating when you’re ready. No one except you can force you to stop. Need a little motivation? Think about what you will gain by doing your schoolwork.It won’t be easy. But, you can stop cheating when you’re ready to stop.

a.Knowledge- By doing your own work, you are becoming smarter. You are learning the material instead of transcribing it from someone else’s paper. When you are presented with the information again on a midterm or a final, you will have a much easier time remembering it.

b.Time Management skills- Everyone has a busy life. The typical high schooler has after school activities, dinner, then more stuff to do after dinner. Not to mention hanging out with friends, playing video games, talking on the phone, and every other leisurely activity that exists. So who has time for schoolwork? By not setting aside time for studying and homework outside of school, you are crippling yourself for life and you’ll fail the class. If your teachers catch you cheating they’ll wonder if you cheated on your other tests and they won’t trust you. It takes a lot of hard work to regain somebody’s trust and not everyone is willing to trust you again due to having trust issues. Getting into a habit of cheating can cause you to lose you your job. Make good habits now so you will have them as assets later in life. It’ll be much harder to stop cheating later on if you don’t quit now.

c.Respect- You will gain immense respect by not cheating. People will come to you for help instead of you going to them. Why? They will assume that you are smart. While you might not be a genius, you are making a very smart decision by not cheating.

2.So, now that you’ve decided to stop cheating, stop cheating.

a.Study. Study every day for three hours. However, if an emergency comes up, then you can study the next day. How well you know the information will determine how much you need to study. You have to understand fully and insert it in your head. Do not cram right before every test. Get into a study routine and study at the same time every day.

b.Prepare for tests. Get lots of sleep the night before and have a nourishing breakfast in the morning. Also, get extra help if you need it. It’s OK to ask for help.

c.Do your classwork and homework. Every classwork and homework assignment has a purpose. Do all of your classwork and homework to the best of your ability. It is better to guess than to get the right answer by copying.

d.Do your own work. You can still ask others for help. Just make sure you understand everything and that you are the one typing or writing.

3.Keep it up. It is easy to go back to your old habits. But, take the road not taken. A couple of years from now, you will be very happy you did.

4.Every time you get that little urge to cheat, remind yourself of the consequences. Remember the possibilities of getting caught, and remember that your teachers and parents are losing trust in you every time you cheat. Remind yourself that it is not worth it even if you do get away with it.


1.Take notes during class, but write neatly so that you can read your own hand writing.

2.Remember the purpose of tests. It is to see how well the students know the information. If everyone in the class copied off the smartest kid, the teacher would think you all learned the information, when in reality, you hadn’t. So, when the teacher moves on and you are even more lost, it is your fault if you cheated.

3.As soon as you get home from school study in a room without distractions ie TVs and Computers. You’ll be able to concentrate on your homework. Don’t forget to turn your cell phone off while you’re studying so that you don’t get a text from your friends.

4.Be prepared for tests, quizzes, pop quizzes, and final exams.

5.If you have ADHD remember to take your medicine or Focus Factor so that you can pay attention during class.

6.Get a tutor. If you can’t afford to get a tutor go online and look for free online tutors. If you’re unable to do that due to not having a computer a lot of schools offer free tutoring after school.

7.If TV interferes with studying record your favorite shows via DVR so that you can watch them later. The TV and the Internet aren’t going anywhere.

8.Try not to let others cheat off you. Yeah, there are cases when you don’t want to get beaten up and you give others your homework. If that happens tell your teacher and the principal. You can ask them not to mention your name when they have a talk with said bully.

9.If you spend too much time on your social network sites and not enough time on your school books make your social networks restricted websites and leave an away message so that everyone won’t worry about you.

10.You can visit your teachers on your way to your next class or after school if you don’t get something. If you wind up late for your next class ask your teacher to write you a Hall Pass or sign your Agenda so that you don’t get in trouble. If you don’t have time to visit your teachers after school visit them before class begins the next morning.



  1. I think counseling should be beefed up in our secondary schools. The more the students hear about the right things to do, the more they reflect on these things and eventually get reformed. The value system of Nigerians have been so eroded that our youths have been so badly affected and is manifesting partially as examination malpractice in the education sector! Other sectors are also showing their stress lines!


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