Let me see if I get this right. . . you are complaining about the quality of essays written for you by someone else? Essays you then turn in as your own work in order to get credit in college courses?
People, people, people!
Please think about this. Plagarism (turning in someone else's work as if it were your own) is one of the nastiest things a college student can do to themselves.
1. The purpose of written essays in most college classes is to figure out where the students are in understanding the material covered in class. How could a faculty member meet the needs of students if their written work indicates that they don't need any further explanation?
2. It is plain and unqualified cheating. Honest students actually write their own papers and receive grades for their own work. Most of these grades have some "curve" to the grading: A paper will score much higher if its quality is much better than the rest of the essays. Therefore, if you are tossing into the pile essays not written by a student but by someone who may have never even heard of your school you are lowering the grades of the other students. This is not a "victimless" crime.
3. If the purpose of an education for yourself is to simply get a piece of paper that claims to be a degree--just to have that paper--then don't bother going to a school that requires essays or any course work.
There are plenty of "buy your own degree with no work and no prerequisites" places. These schools (actually they aren't schools, they are more like human feedlots cramming as many students through as possible) are themselves fraudulent businesses. They claim to be a legitimate school and they are not. So why should you expect fair treatment from a business that is based on immoral or even illegal activity?
If you know that some group of people are thieves, don't buy their stuff. Why should they treat you well? They just want your money. Isn't this obvious?
4. If you want a real education, then write your own papers. Hire someone to help edit your work (with permission of faculty) after you have written it to correct grammatical and other mechanical errors if you must, but how will you learn anything by not doing the most important assignments?
There are always dumb people around, and some of them are faculty. Still, a good student can learn from anyone--only the poor student must have the best teachers in order to learn. But anyone involved in higher education as a real educator and not some poser knows full well that much--or perhaps most--of the students will learn more from the process of writing a paper than they will learn from just sitting at a desk for hours at a time.
Most of us learn far more by doing things than by just passively sitting and hearing someone else tell us "the right answers." The information you learn in a college class is almost worth nothing when compared to how "learning how to learn" will help students. After all, whatever you learn in any class today is going to be obsolete in a few years. So why bother focusing so much on rote learning? Instead, learn how to be a lifelong learner, how to take advantage of the resources available, how to go about reading important information in a careful and even critical way, and how to read texts so that you really do "get it" rather than just flipping through and memorizing a few definitions, formulas and factoids.
College should be about learning, not about memorizing!
So not only do you take a huge risk by doing business with thieves but you are cheating yourself. If you pay money for your education you really should make an effort to benefit from the opportunity to learn that your money has purchased. Notice the difference: You don't buy a degree at a legitimate college--you buy an atmosphere where you will be most likely to discover how you learn, how to challenge your own beliefs as well as the claims of others, and ultimately how you can keep learning after you get your degree.
Not all online essay writing is intended to plagiarize. Not all essays online are meant to be turned in as a student's own work--some are intended to be a special form of customized information to help an individual person who wants to learn more. So some essays-for-hire are legitimate. But all illegitimate companies will use some form of "essays for hire" as part of their scheme to cheat others.
I can't see how most of the "buy your essay" services could operate without knowing very well that they are supplying the tools with which students will cheat themselves and others. Doesn't it strike you as a huge problem? Even though most of these services will have standard disclaimers on their contracts stating that the customer (you) will not use their products to cheat, I've got to believe that everyone knows that they would not have enough customers to support a business if there were no cheating.
5. Plagiarism is a huge risk. For your entire life you will be vulnerable because of your decision to cheat. If you are ever going to be at the top of your field, it will be worth someone's time to check into your possible use of essay writing services, or other cheats. Even years after the fact, evidence that you plagiarized in college will be enough to seriously setback, or to ruin, your whole professional career. Is actually writing your own essays worth this risk?
6. College professors are usually not entirely stupid people. Some are really bright, some are not. Some really care from the depths of their souls about creating a situation in which students can enjoy the excitement of learning. Some just want to give their same old tired lectures, re-use their worn out assignments and tests, and to push the students through with as little effort as possible.
Chances are you will find some faculty much closer to one extreme than to another.
So plagiarizing won't probably ever be found out in the classes of the "zombie teacher." But when you find yourselves in a class of someone who loves to help people learn, your cheating is likely to stick out.
For example, let's say that in a particular class you need to write an essay covering some part of the course. Then later, there is an essay test about the same material. If you turn in a great paper and completely bomb the written essay, don't you think that anyone who cares about learning will figure out that the person who answered the essay test question is not the person who wrote the paper on the same topic!
Get help with editing, hire a tutor, ask to see if there are writing support services at your college, or just drop the pretense at all and write a check to get your diploma. It just doesn't make sense to try and pretend you are actually benefiting from what could be one of the most mind-expanding periods of your entire life when you can just fork out a few bucks and not have to go through the learning process yourself.
Students are being warned that using quick-fix “essay mill” websites puts them at risk of being scammed out of hundreds of pounds, as well as failing their degree if they are caught cheating.
Experts have warned of a spike in websites taking students’ money in exchange for bespoke essays and then disappearing, not delivering work on time, or providing poor quality papers. The National Union of Students (NUS) said they prey on the vulnerabilities and anxieties of students to make money.
There are more than 100 essay-mill websites in operation in the UK, according to a report from the independent university regulator, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). They offer written-to-order essays, charging varying amounts from hundreds to thousands of pounds based on deadline, topic and length.
Sorana Vieru, the NUS vice-president for higher education, said they homed in on “students’ fears that their academic English and their referencing may not be good enough”. She added: “We would urge those who are struggling to seek support through their unions and universities rather than looking to a quick fix, and be aware that using these websites could cost not only money but jeopardise their qualifications.”
The NUS added that it was easy for these sites to “con” students.
Prof Thomas Lancaster, an associate dean at Staffordshire University and one of the UK’s leading experts on cheating, echoed these concerns. “There are horror stories out there about students who have paid for dissertations and essays that haven’t arrived, so they have nothing to hand in,” he said.
Lancaster added: “There are plenty of scams operating in the academic writing space and I’m sure that some people just set up essay writing services with the intention of closing them down without sending an order as soon as the money comes in.”
It comes as hundreds of thousands of students hand in final dissertations and essay projects this month. In the lead up to these deadlines many who have fallen victim to these fake sites have made desperate appeals online.
One student claimed their dissertation was due at the end of the month and the website that had promised to write it had been deactivated. “I had a dissertation purchase and I have lost all my information. The website doesn’t seem to exist and I am on a tough deadline to submit my work by end of this month,” they wrote on an essay scam website.
They added: “The websites are not accessible, neither are the email links they sent going through. I called PayPal, [and] they claim the account still exists. The telephone contact they have as well as what was sent to me as part of their email never goes through. Have these guys rebranded? Or have [I] been banned? Nothing seems to be coming out clear.”
Another student claimed the person they had paid £150 to write a 3,000-word essay for them had disappeared, leaving them with a tight deadline. They asked if any one else could help them, offering £200 but only when the work had been done. “Please contact me ASAP if you think you can help or if you have an offer,” they wrote.
These websites are now in their busiest period, with students handing in final-year projects and dissertations. The Guardian was able to access several dissertation-writing websites, many of which reported seasonal “price surges”. One website, which describes itself as a dissertation-writing service, said a dissertation would cost more this month and offered discounts in June and July. Another global website said it increased prices by 20% in April, but they had now fallen.
British institutions are currently free to set their own plagiarism policies. But the QAA recommended new laws to make it illegal to help students “commit acts of academic dishonesty for financial gain”. They suggested those in breach of this could be punishable with fines of up to £5,000.
Ministers announced a crackdown earlier this year, saying they constituted cheating. But three months on an amendment to the higher education bill to make selling essays illegal did not go through.
The Department for Education was unable to comment due to general election purdah rules. However, they sent a link to a statement released in February demanding universities and students create new sector guidance. They said this was expected to be made available for the beginning of the 2017-18 teaching year.
Simon Bullock of the QAA said: “The QAA is working with universities and student representatives on measures to identify and discourage the use of essay mills.”
Lancaster said students buying essays online were putting themselves in a risky situation as these sites “skirt around the law”. He added that people had “no comeback if what they pay for isn’t delivered or is of poor quality”.
He said he had also heard cases of students purchasing work and being blackmailed by sites. “They have been asked to send more money to avoid having their names handed over to their university.”
A spokesperson for the University of Bristol said: “To avoid any disciplinary procedures or being conned by fake sites, we urge students to seek support from lecturers, personal tutors and wellbeing services if they begin to feel overwhelmed. As a university we work with our students to guide them through the examination period and ensure they leave with the qualifications they have worked so hard towards.”