Is a bud pirating all your answers? Sneak a peek at this…
You studied all week for your Philippine History test, while your friend spent his study time coming up with clever text messages for his girlfriend…and now he’s glancing at your answers. The other day, he asked you if he can borrow your Chemistry Laboratory report because he can’t spare the night before the due because of some inconsiderable reasons. Last week he pleaded to copy your Mathematics homework and you caved, but you don’t want him bogarting all of your hard-earned work! Do you rat him out or what? Based from my personal experience, I will show you how to keep your pal’s prying eyes from your paper…without busting up the friendship. Friendship is still friendship, of course.
Outta the hot seat. You know a set of wandering eyes has been making its way to your quizzes, and it is making you totally uncomfortable. One way to keep those answers to yourself is to ask your teacher if you can change seats, and move to another spot. If occasions like you are not allowed to stray from your assigned seat, then you can always use a blank piece of paper to cover your work as you go, the least, you can use your arms to shield your answers. After all, your answers are still your property. It may seem sneaky but, hey, cheating is way sneakier! The issue here is not about selfishness but of professionalism and dedication to your career life – it’s always good to start it the right way.
Denied. What if you still cannot stop it? Well, I guess: be blunt. Tell your friend you don’t want either of you to get in trouble, so the cheating’s got to stop! You want to be buds, but you can’t do his work for him. Let him know you will gladly pair up for some problem-solving practice but you are not giving out any free answers. It’s just too much. Tell him to do his part as you are doing yours. In that way, both of you will benefit, a two-way learning experience in one hit.
Study hall. Fine. If the stuff has not been resolved yet, consider theories about why such thing is happening. If your friend has become a pro at dissing his studies, one of two things is likely going on: 1) He is having trouble grasping some of his classes, or 2) he has terrible study habits. Offer to be a study buddy during some structured homework sessions to coach your friend through the tough spots. If, however, he spends the time pressuring you to do his work, suggest he work instead with a tutor or teacher after school. In this way, at least you have done your share as a friend to him. Again, let him realize he needs to exert effort for himself too.
Keeps on Cheating. If a copycat classmate continues to eyeball your work. You are going to have to draw the line. Ratting a bud out is always a last resort, so let him know you don’t want to have to blow the whistle on him. Make sure he understands that he’s violating your trust and taking total advantage of you. If he doesn’t get the message, he’s only cheating herself out of a friendship. Talk to him. Now.