With the recent news that the UK Government is planning to crackdown on essay writing websites, there has never been a more dangerous time to use these services. After years of ignorance, the signs are that things are about to get serious.
Any students found to have been cheating the system have a very real chance of course failure and exclusion from the university.
This in itself should be a major reason to avoid such websites in the future, but as we know, some people may have got used to this method of attainment and will continue until they graduate or are exposed.
Others, especially international students, may still desire some level of essay guidance without running the risk of expulsion.
So, what are the options for students who just want a little assistance adjusting to degree level writing?
We have put together 3 tips that will enable you to stay on the right side of the law and avoid the dangers of using essay writing websites:
Use Paraphrasing Support
You may love the ideas and philosophies of another writer and would like to use them in your own work. One solution is to quote the text directly and include a citation to the original author. Another, (and one that many students choose) is to rephrase the original ideas in your own words. This is called paraphrasing.
For students with English as a second language, this can sometimes be a challenge. Luckily, having paraphrasing assistance is legal and can be a great way to make your work stand out without being accused of plagiarism.
Formatting and Editing Help
Some people are fantastic at being creative or using their intelligence to solve complex mathematic and scientific equations. However, when it comes to essay writing, a different skill-set entirely is needed and numerous students struggle with presenting their work in the correct manner.
A poorly formatted report and essays with bad punctuation can be a major reason for tutors to lower your university grades.
Again, having somebody review and edit the formatting of your work is not classed as cheating! This service can make a huge difference to the perceived quality of an essay, without changing any of the ideas you have written about.
Use Sample Papers As A Quality Tool
There is absolutely nothing wrong with using past degree standard papers as a point of reference for your own essay. Indeed, this is an accepted method in universities and colleges throughout the UK.
The problems arise when you copy directly from the source paper.
To stay safe, use them in the way that they were intended; study the structure of the essays, and note how they have presented their content. Look at the language and ideas used – could you do something similar?
In short, sample papers are a great way to get up to speed quickly on the standard you need to operate at. No more worrying and repeatedly starting over, just a quality guide to get you on the path to better grades.
What do you think about the dangers of using essay writing services? Have they worked for you or do you think the Government is right to intervene?