Research Writer Interview With Johan
Research Essays Inspire Students For Completing Their Own Work
I receive many positive comments from students who use my model research essays as inspiration for completing their own work. “After reading your model I was able to write that perfect A+ essay that I needed for graduate school!,” a student Sarah wrote me. As a model essay writer, I greatly appreciate the ways students such as Sarah use my work.
Still, I recognize that there are unethical people in society and on rare occasions, a student may submit someone else’s work without citing it. These situations cause me great frustration. To try and help reduce these situations from occurring I have developed ten ways to prevent students from submitting materials that are not of their own making for academic credit.
1. Colleges should use plagiarism software.
By using plagiarism software, the college is able to determine accurately if someone has previously published the material the student is turning in.
2. College should a database of essays that students have turned into the college.
Keeping a database of essays that students have turned into the college allows the school to deter students from turning in another student’s work previously used material.
3. Professors should not rely on a student’s essay as the only means of judging their understanding of the course material.
If professors completely determine a student’s grade by a single essay then there is the possibility that the student may attempt to circumvent the system to gain a higher grade.
4. Professors should write unique project requirements.
If professors write clichéd essay requirements then more students will be tempted to use the array of material on Google instead of their own critical thinking skills.
5. College should require the student to engage with their essay in class.
Professors should challenge a student’s critical thinking skills by asking them questions about their essay, or by requiring them to present a part of their essay in class.
6. Colleges must make sure the student is prepared to complete the requirements.
Oftentimes students turn in another person’s work because the course did not properly cover the material tested, or the student does not know the language well enough to write an essay.
7. Professors must have a flexible outlook on human challenges.
Students will sometimes turn in another person’s material as their own when they face unexpected challenges in life, such as a death in the family.
8. Professors should reasonable in student essay requirements.
Students are, in a sense, working professionals. If the professor monopolizes the students time, leaving none for other classes, the student may find challenges in completing their work.
9. College must ensure course material is relevant.
When college course material is relevant to a student’s future success in life, or is truly important to learn, student motivation levels will increase, and the student will be less willing to turn in another person’s material as their own.
10. Professors should frequently update essay requirements.
By frequently updating essay requirements, professors are able to guard against students using the same material multiple times.
While there are undoubtedly unethical people in the world, in many instances when students turn in another person’s work the student is reacting to either personal challenges or dysfunctions in the college system. It is shortsighted to place the complete blame on the student. Ultimately, I believe that if teachers follow the above ten points, then colleges will be able drastically to reduce the amount of students turning in another persons’ material as their own.
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