Fiddling for fun!

Fiddling for fun!

Unrealistic Demands

Fiddling for fun!

While the majority of young people believe that cheating is wrong, the reality is that most of them cheat at least once during their academic careers. Why and how?
“Everybody does it. Unrealistic demands for high marks made by parents, peer pressure or just having an easy way out at the time,” says Santosh (name changed), a student of a prestigious college in the City.

He also admits that if only he and his peers spent half the time studying that they spent on devising ways and means of cheating, they would ace their papers.
“Exams have a nasty way of creeping up on us. In spite of our best intentions, sometimes, before we know it our deadlines are over and the situation becomes quite desperate.”

So group study sessions often involve devising elaborate codes and signals, especially in multiple choice formats. “A pencil is pointed in a certain way to indicate A, B or C. Formulas are written on arms and concealed with long sleeves, or under ankle socks or shoes. These are the most common ways to cheat in exams,” he explains.
But what does the person, collaborating with the cheater and passing on the right answers, gain?

“A promise to go out for a big celebration if the cheater gets through, generally clinches the deal,” says Santosh.
Abhinav (name changed) says that he and his friends have used different methods for writing down formulas quite successfully.

“I have written stuff behind my ID Card, on the soles of my shoes, the inside of my tie and belt. Once we even stuck the whole periodic table on a paper to the inside of a blazer. In school, we used to tape stuff to the inside of a toilet flush tank hoping that the teacher would allow us to take a toilet break,” he says.

Hi-tech cheating methods that involve cellphones, hearing devices and the like are also used by students desperate to pass an exam they haven’t prepared for.
“Cheats usually never prosper. Students who are caught will be humiliated and run the risk of being expelled. More importantly, they cheat themselves out of learning,” says Ashok Vaz, a student councillor.
“The buddy system of cheating is still popular and helps geeks or nerds be part of the crowd, by helping the more popular ones cheat. Well, around exam time at least,” he adds.

Sunanda Rao, a teacher who has been dealing with students for the last twenty years says, “Cheating is unfair to  all people who aren't cheating and will ultimately lower your own self-respect, because you can never be proud of anything you got by cheating. Those who cheat in school find it easier to cheat later on in life, even in close
personal relationships.”

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