Top 5 reasons why students plagiarize:
- Fear of failure.
- Lack of interest.
Academic plagiarism is the Achilles’ heel of most educators.
You try hard to develop critical thinking and writing skills of your students, but they continue attempts to copy texts and ideas from others, claiming them as own. It’s like a slap in your face or a kick in your… well, any part of your body, isn’t it?
Despite devastating consequences of plagiarism and strong policies against it in most institutions, students don’t seem to realize the problem. Numbers speak volumes:
- 86% of students cheat in college.
- 54% believe it’s okay and even necessary to cheat to stay competitive.
- 76% copy others’ assignments word for word.
- 42% purchase papers from custom writing services.
You probably know that October 18th been the Second International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating, and saw the bunch of happy faces from various colleges holding a sign “I don’t contract cheat because…” The most popular answers were “Because it’s not fair” and “Because I want to be judged for my own work”. However, the most honest, to our taste, was the girl holding the whiteboard with just one word written in all caps: “CONSEQUENCES”.
Two things to say:
How to conclude an essay:
- Restate the thesis by making the same point with other words (paraphrase).
- Review your supporting ideas.
- For that, summarize all arguments by paraphrasing how you proved the thesis.
- Connect back to the essay hook and relate your closing statement to the opening one.
- Combine all the above to improved and expanded conclusion.
What is the most challenging part of essay writing?
Some name the process of thesis clarification, others mention essay hooks and writing an outline, but our reader Emily has knocked spots off them all when asked to share tips on writing essay conclusions!
Don’t worry, Emily, you are not alone.
Finishing your essay isn’t less but sometimes even more challenging than starting it. Our writers know it firsthand, so they give consent graciously to share expert tips on creating strong conclusions for college papers.
Last updated: April 2017
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“Creativity is the intellectual ability to make creations, inventions, and discoveries that brings novel relations, entities, and/or unexpected solutions into existence. It’s a gifted ability of humans in thinking, inference, problem-solving, and product development.”
– Yingxu Wang
Oh, please, don’t say you have any desire to be creative!
The question is, can you cultivate this quality? Or, you are doomed to remain a realistic and analytical individual with no proclivity for creativity?
First things first.
We bet most of you saw this pic.
Creative concept of the human brain with light bulb ideas
And now, forget it.