There was an informative article in the New York Times this week about the return of students accused of cheating last year at Harvard University. Essentially more than half of the students in a 279 person class were accused of cheating on a take-home final. After a year of suspension, many these students returned this week to a university much more focused on honor codes and clearly defined rules of what constitutes cheating.
This article got me thinking about how wide-spread cheating in college has become. If students are cheating at Harvard, they are probably cheating all over the country. I spent nearly 10 years in school to get my undergrad and graduate degrees and so really understand the challenges of being a student. There is in incredible amount of pressure placed on students at top universities and the competition can be fierce. But cheating is not the answer. The way to succeed is to be organized and focused and to make the most of your time inside and outside of class. Think Gum can really help students stay focused both in class and during exams and has been shown to significantly improve information recall in a peer-reviewed study. So to all students reading this blog, Stop Cheating, Start Chewing®.