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Plagiarism Is the Greatest Drawback to Academic Success
Plagiarism is considered as a great drawback to academic success. Plagiarism has a wide range of definition but it typically means copying or stealing somebody else’s work without acknowledging them. In other words, a plagiarized work means that it is not original or rather, authentic (Weiss, & Weiss, 2012). Technological advancements have made a great deal of peoples work available over the Internet and as such, technology is paid to have played a significant role in promoting plagiarism. When given assignments, students are always aware that they can ease their work by just goggling, copying, and submitting it as their own. Plagiarism impacts the student’s academic success negatively mainly by hindering creativity and encouraging laziness. In addition, when a student is caught with plagiarized work, he or she can easily be put on probation, suspended, or expelled out of school and it may be difficult to find admissions in other learning institutions. This paper will discuss, among other reasons, why plagiarism is the greatest drawback to academic success.
To start with, plagiarism prevents the students from being creative. Creativity demonstrates a person’s ability to think and come up with their own ideas instead on relying on someone else’s work. As such, a student who becomes used to plagiarizing work finds it difficult to handle a task on their own when there is nowhere they can copy, especially during the exams. There are a wide range of subjects in school that require creative thinking, such as in arts, fashion and design. To a large extent, if a student cannot come up with authentic ideas, it shows that they do not have the ability to put what they have learned in practice (Karabag, & Berggren, 2012). In other words, it is a sign that a student has not learned anything, which is the very essence why they are in school. However, some people might argue that it is impossible for one to have their ideas a hundred percent authentic since what is taught in schools is also, not the educators’ original work but the work of other scholars. The truth is that a student can struggle to submit their original work while applying what they have learned in class and eventually, this will promote creativity. Most students find it easy to copy someone else’s work easier without realizing the problems they are causing themselves, which is reducing their creativity skills.
Compared to other factors, including poor financial status and physical disabilities, which can hinder one’s academic success, plagiarism is intentional and that is why it is the greatest. Students can opt not to plagiarize by working hard and producing original work. Besides, acknowledging the real authors and writers in their assignments can largely help to reduce plagiarism. Nevertheless, there are some claims that the society, and especially the parents, make the students to plagiarize. Parents tend to expect higher grades from their children and when they fail, they consider them as embarrassments (Doró, 2014). As such, students may be forced to cheat by copying other people’s work in order to have higher grades, which will please their families. Therefore, the students end up getting good grades for the sake of others instead of performing well for their own benefit.
Another reason why plagiarism is a major drawback to academic success is that it can lead to disciplinary sanctions which can pull a student academically. Plagiarism is typically considered as academic dishonesty and learning institutions do not condole it at all. Well, some people might get away with it by not getting caught after plagiarizing assignments but when caught, a student can be put on probation, suspended, or even expelled (Weber-Wulff, 2014). For instance, when suspended, a student can find it difficult to catch up with the other students who were still learning when they were at home and this might lead to poor grades after the exams. On the other hand, being expelled can deny a student the opportunity to be admitted in other learning institutions as an academic misconduct due to plagiarism is placed on one’s transcripts so that other colleges and universities can see. As such, being unable to join any learning institution of one’s interest hinders academic success. To a larger extent, this hinders one’s career success.
Moreover, plagiarism, even if it is one assignment, can cause damage to one’s reputation in school (Gašević, et al. 2016. Having a bad reputation can make other students not to want to associate with a person who has portrayed a bad image since they do not want to ruin theirs too. Mostly, this is likely to come from students who earn their grades honourably and they might not be pleased that someone who did not put any efforts in an assignment performed better than them. These students will ignore a student who is known for plagiarism and will not want to be in the same discussion groups. Eventually, due to a bad reputation in school because one was found guilty of plagiarism, this can lead to a low self-esteem and lack of motivation to learn or attend school and hence, failure in academics. Studies show that having a bad reputation in school has caused a significant number of dropout cases attributed to isolation and even bullying by other students.
Being caught with plagiarism can also damage the student-teacher relationship. It is the joy of every teacher to know that they teach is not in vain. As such, when educators learn that any of their students have cheated, they tend to think that the students are taking them for granted or their teachings are not effective. The teachers then lose the trust they had on their students and as a result, they may not give positive recommendations and references for their students who have plagiarized an assignment when a need arises (Gašević, et al. 2016). For instance, a student might require his or her teacher’s help to give good comments for an abroad scholarship but because they were caught with plagiarism, the teacher can give a negative comment which can lead to the denial of a scholarship.
Overall, plagiarism is the greatest drawback to academic success mainly because it hinders the students’ ability to think creatively. A student who becomes used to plagiarizing work finds it difficult to handle a task on their own when there is nowhere they can copy, especially during the exams. Plagiarism also affects a student’s academics negatively by causing disciplinary sanctions when one is caught. Being found guilty of plagiarism can make a student lack the motivation to attend school due to isolation by other students as a result of their reputation being ruined.
 
 
References
Doró, K. (2014). Why do students plagiarize? EFL undergraduates’ views on the reasons behind plagiarism. Romanian Journal of English Studies11(1), 255-263.
Gašević, D., Dawson, S., Rogers, T., & Gasevic, D. (2016). Learning analytics should not promote one size fits all: The effects of instructional conditions in predicting academic success. The Internet and Higher Education28, 68-84.
Karabag, S. F., & Berggren, C. (2012). Retraction, dishonesty and plagiarism: analysis of a crucial issue for academic publishing, and the inadequate responses from leading journals in economics and management disciplines.
Weber-Wulff, D. (2014). False feathers: A perspective on academic plagiarism. Springer Science & Business.
Weiss, N. A., & Weiss, C. A. (2012). Introductory statistics. London: Pearson Education.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Plagiarism Is the Greatest Drawback to Academic Success
Student’s Name
Institutional Affiliation
Date
 
 
 
Plagiarism Is the Greatest Drawback to Academic Success
Plagiarism is considered as a great drawback to academic success. Plagiarism has a wide range of definition but it typically means copying or stealing somebody else’s work without acknowledging them. In other words, a plagiarized work means that it is not original or rather, authentic (Weiss, & Weiss, 2012). Technological advancements have made a great deal of peoples work available over the Internet and as such, technology is paid to have played a significant role in promoting plagiarism. When given assignments, students are always aware that they can ease their work by just goggling, copying, and submitting it as their own. Plagiarism impacts the student’s academic success negatively mainly by hindering creativity and encouraging laziness. In addition, when a student is caught with plagiarized work, he or she can easily be put on probation, suspended, or expelled out of school and it may be difficult to find admissions in other learning institutions. This paper will discuss, among other reasons, why plagiarism is the greatest drawback to academic success.
To start with, plagiarism prevents the students from being creative. Creativity demonstrates a person’s ability to think and come up with their own ideas instead on relying on someone else’s work. As such, a student who becomes used to plagiarizing work finds it difficult to handle a task on their own when there is nowhere they can copy, especially during the exams. There are a wide range of subjects in school that require creative thinking, such as in arts, fashion and design. To a large extent, if a student cannot come up with authentic ideas, it shows that they do not have the ability to put what they have learned in practice (Karabag, & Berggren, 2012). In other words, it is a sign that a student has not learned anything, which is the very essence why they are in school. However, some people might argue that it is impossible for one to have their ideas a hundred percent authentic since what is taught in schools is also, not the educators’ original work but the work of other scholars. The truth is that a student can struggle to submit their original work while applying what they have learned in class and eventually, this will promote creativity. Most students find it easy to copy someone else’s work easier without realizing the problems they are causing themselves, which is reducing their creativity skills.
Compared to other factors, including poor financial status and physical disabilities, which can hinder one’s academic success, plagiarism is intentional and that is why it is the greatest. Students can opt not to plagiarize by working hard and producing original work. Besides, acknowledging the real authors and writers in their assignments can largely help to reduce plagiarism. Nevertheless, there are some claims that the society, and especially the parents, make the students to plagiarize. Parents tend to expect higher grades from their children and when they fail, they consider them as embarrassments (Doró, 2014). As such, students may be forced to cheat by copying other people’s work in order to have higher grades, which will please their families. Therefore, the students end up getting good grades for the sake of others instead of performing well for their own benefit.
Another reason why plagiarism is a major drawback to academic success is that it can lead to disciplinary sanctions which can pull a student academically. Plagiarism is typically considered as academic dishonesty and learning institutions do not condole it at all. Well, some people might get away with it by not getting caught after plagiarizing assignments but when caught, a student can be put on probation, suspended, or even expelled (Weber-Wulff, 2014). For instance, when suspended, a student can find it difficult to catch up with the other students who were still learning when they were at home and this might lead to poor grades after the exams. On the other hand, being expelled can deny a student the opportunity to be admitted in other learning institutions as an academic misconduct due to plagiarism is placed on one’s transcripts so that other colleges and universities can see. As such, being unable to join any learning institution of one’s interest hinders academic success. To a larger extent, this hinders one’s career success.
Moreover, plagiarism, even if it is one assignment, can cause damage to one’s reputation in school (Gašević, et al. 2016. Having a bad reputation can make other students not to want to associate with a person who has portrayed a bad image since they do not want to ruin theirs too. Mostly, this is likely to come from students who earn their grades honourably and they might not be pleased that someone who did not put any efforts in an assignment performed better than them. These students will ignore a student who is known for plagiarism and will not want to be in the same discussion groups. Eventually, due to a bad reputation in school because one was found guilty of plagiarism, this can lead to a low self-esteem and lack of motivation to learn or attend school and hence, failure in academics. Studies show that having a bad reputation in school has caused a significant number of dropout cases attributed to isolation and even bullying by other students.
Being caught with plagiarism can also damage the student-teacher relationship. It is the joy of every teacher to know that they teach is not in vain. As such, when educators learn that any of their students have cheated, they tend to think that the students are taking them for granted or their teachings are not effective. The teachers then lose the trust they had on their students and as a result, they may not give positive recommendations and references for their students who have plagiarized an assignment when a need arises (Gašević, et al. 2016). For instance, a student might require his or her teacher’s help to give good comments for an abroad scholarship but because they were caught with plagiarism, the teacher can give a negative comment which can lead to the denial of a scholarship.
Overall, plagiarism is the greatest drawback to academic success mainly because it hinders the students’ ability to think creatively. A student who becomes used to plagiarizing work finds it difficult to handle a task on their own when there is nowhere they can copy, especially during the exams. Plagiarism also affects a student’s academics negatively by causing disciplinary sanctions when one is caught. Being found guilty of plagiarism can make a student lack the motivation to attend school due to isolation by other students as a result of their reputation being ruined.
 
 
References
Doró, K. (2014). Why do students plagiarize? EFL undergraduates’ views on the reasons behind plagiarism. Romanian Journal of English Studies11(1), 255-263.
Gašević, D., Dawson, S., Rogers, T., & Gasevic, D. (2016). Learning analytics should not promote one size fits all: The effects of instructional conditions in predicting academic success. The Internet and Higher Education28, 68-84.
Karabag, S. F., & Berggren, C. (2012). Retraction, dishonesty and plagiarism: analysis of a crucial issue for academic publishing, and the inadequate responses from leading journals in economics and management disciplines.
Weber-Wulff, D. (2014). False feathers: A perspective on academic plagiarism. Springer Science & Business.
Weiss, N. A., & Weiss, C. A. (2012). Introductory statistics. London: Pearson Education.