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how I cheat in school
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how I cheat in school

Well, technically, since I use a BrailleNote, noone really can tell if I cheat or not, because they don't know what I'm doing. The way I cheat? It's the BrailleNote's built-in oxford dictionary. It's actually a very good dictionary. I've, many times, when I need an answer to something, look it up. And, better yet, I have never been caught. It's actually one of some very good dictionaries. Plus I hold in a lot of information from it. It's my primary way of cheating.
10-11-2014 02:36 PM
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how I cheat in school

I'd personally suggest not cheating in general... but that's just me. Smile

Reasons not to cheat include, that it's ethically questionable... and the risks of getting caught (it can undermine credibility and trust, result in punishments, etc.)

BUT, school really shouldn't be set up in a way that promotes cheating. It should be about learning and taking on challenges you're willing to commit to.

And looking things up really shouldn't be considered cheating. But the reasoning is, you're supposed to memorize and be able to regurgitate things for tests, which then show you've memorized the material.

If school was focused on what and how people actually want to learn, and students could just use their devices to look things up without calling it "cheating," I think it would all work a lot better.

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RE: how I cheat in school

What xcriteria said.

Also, it should be noted that although I don't "cheat", I've found the grading system and work that is done in school ridiculously easy to exploit, as long as you've learned how to procrastinate on procrastination, have power of metacognition, etc. Basically, I just get my work done as early as possible and turn in something that's just bog-standard enough to get a good grade. So far, I have nothing below a B- (said grade should improve).


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RE: how I cheat in school

Thing is, they kinda trust me. They trust that I'm working, so I have the upper hand. Plus there's no speech or dislay that they can read. But still.
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