A Little Insight on Cheating

Illustration of cheating, taken from Wikipedia page of a same subject.

Cheating in this case academically, is an act of dishonesty during exam. This act can range from writing notes on your palm, cooperating with your friends, using cellphone or other communication devices, and even stealing the exam paper. And during my life as a student, I have witnessed it all and commited some. And this semester I stop this bad habit.


The question should not be why, it should be why not? I just came to realization that cheating is bad and nothing can be used to justificate this act. And before I present you why should you stop cheating too. I will identificate the reason behind why students cheat. Basically the sole reason why they cheat is they want a good grades, but the profound reason of it are :

  • They are urged to

Cheating has been an integral part of students culture. Many of them felt something is missing when they try to not cheat. And this culture has found a deep roots inside today society. There are some cases of students urged to cheat by one of their parents. The parents argued that if they do not take part in this act, they will regret it later because everyone is doing it. And also the peer pressure is extremely high. From the day one of the exam I observed many have formed plan to cooperate because one is excel at this subject while another one is not and the other because they are best friend or even they are in a romantic relationship.

  • They find the subject is too hard

This may be the most common reason of all. Some students have the inclination to stop their effort to study on particular subjects because it is too hard. I already observed this phenomenon on myself. I found physics and chemistry was too hard for me (and it still is) so I completely didn’t study and I cheated on the exam. While the students shouldn’t be fully blamed on this matter, this reason still can’t be justified to condone this act.

  • They have chance

During my 12 years experience of being student and taking part in exam, I have known many types of teacher overseeing the exam. The one that left deep impression was this teacher on my second grade of elementary school. She said that students can open the book and ask others as long as they keep quiet. And recently during this UAS exam, from what I observed often the teacher overseeing the exam completely ignore this act while witnessing it. However there are some teacher that are strict overseer and can’t tolerate cheating act to a certain level.

And now, the reason why you should stop :

  • You lie

Yes of course if you cheat, somehow you will get a better result than when you don’t. But it is a result built on a lie. You wouldn’t like somebody to lie would you? What if it is you yourself that lying? Not also that you will also lie to many after that. Your parents, your teacher, your friends. Well maybe some of you consider those are a white lie, but nevertheless being honest is better.

  • Cheating is pointless

Based on my own experience, I found cheating is pointless. During my first and second year on highschool, I always cheat during chemistry and physics exam. But the result is always the same, my grade is not getting any better. I conclude that teacher has some sort of psychic ability to write down grades, as the grades I got resembled so much of my own achievment. Beside of that, cheating to acquire a good grades doesn’t make any sense to me. During my last year in high school here, I learned that grades is not that important, and it has been pointed out many times by some teachers.

  • It is morally wrong

By wrong I mean very very wrong. I believe honesty is a universal and also fundamental norm. By not following this norm, you are violating what makes the basis of the concept of “good” in general. By cheating you made grades dictate your mind, controlling what you do, and most importantly blurring the line of good and bad. If the habit continues, cheating will make us opportunistic, ignorant, and also it reinforce the instant mentality that disregard efforts.

And that is folks why shouldn’t cheat. I hope the reason I presented above can convince you to stop cheating. Afterall what I really hope is someday, starting from now, people will appreciate honesty more, and I think it will makes our world a better place to live in.

Warm regards, Lucke Haryo.