23 Strategies to Encourage Learners Not to Cheat

Are you looking for strategies to encourage students not to cheat? If so, keep reading.

1. Get the student to question any directions, explanations, or instructions not grasped.

2. Examine prior to administering tests and exams to better prepare the student.

3. Minimize the emphasis on test and quiz scores by grading the student’s daily performances.

4. Provide mobility to regularly be near the student when they take tests or exams or perform daily tasks.

5. Minimize the emphasis on competition. Fear of failure may cause the student to resort to cheating or copying others’ work to be successful.

6. Place the student away from others if they are prone to cheating and/or copying others’ work.

7. Place the student near the teacher when taking tests or exams.

8. Make sure that other students do not let the student look at their work during tests and exams and while performing tasks.

9. Ensure that the student knows the consequences for cheating and/or copying others’ work (e.g., tasks will be taken away, failing grades will be recorded, etc.).

10. Coordinate to have a peer help the student study for tests and exams and perform daily tasks.

11. Assess the level of difficulty concerning the student’s capacity and ability to perform the task.

12. Make sure the student knows all directions, explanations, and instructions prior to taking tests or exams and performing tasks.

13. Make sure the student knows what questions can be asked when taking tests and exams or performing designated learning activities.

14. Connect with parents or guardians so they may help the student study for tests and exams (e.g., send home directions, explanations, instructions relating to the content covered on tests and exams, content to review, etc.).

15. Get the student to take tests and exams elsewhere in the school building under the individual supervision of an instructor (e.g., library, resource room, counselor’s office, etc.).

16. Observe the student for obvious attempts to cheat prior to taking a test or quiz (e.g., “cheat sheet,” answers written on hands or cuffs, etc.).

17. Assist the student in accepting the fact that self-improvement is more essential than getting the highest grade in the class, making all As, being the first one done with a task, etc., by reinforcing and grading on the basis of self-improvement.

18. Teach the student to ask for help, stop playing, etc., when they feel like cheating.

19. Assist the student in improving skills in learning activities in which they have cheated to lessen the need to cheat.

20. Do not put an emphasis on perfection or winning. If the student feels that perfection or winning is the most essential thing, they may resort to cheating to reach perfection or win.

21. Consider using an adaptive behavior management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

22. Click here to learn about six bonus strategies for challenging problem behaviors and mastering classroom management.

23. Consider using AI to stop student cheating.

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