High school students face a lot of pressure in their last years of school as they try to keep up with their studies and make the grade. The pressure to succeed can be particularly strong for students whose teachers and parents have high expectations of them. If you have a child who is in high school, you will naturally want to see them do well in their academic studies, such as teaching your son or daughter correct study habits and techniques, in order to achieve personal satisfaction and in order to avoid committing plagiarism.
Use Recommended Reading List
Most students will receive a recommended reading list from their teachers, which will highlight the books and other sources that will help them to complete the task at hand. The recommended reading list will help to direct high school students’ focus and narrow it down, so that they do not spend too much time on unnecessary outside sources.
Bibliography/ Reference List
High school students should know how to cite their sources at the end of each set assignment by using a well constructed bibliography or reference list. Some institutions use the Harvard system to cite their sources. Your child might use a different method. One way to prevent your child from committing plagiarism is to familiarise yourself with your child’s school system for citing sources and to encourage your child to use that method consistently whenever they complete an assignment.
Paraphrasing an author’s views or opinions in one’s own words is acceptable as long as your son or daughter understands that they must still mention the author, even when putting the author’s views in their own words. An indirect view or opinion does not need to be placed in quotation marks. However, your child should still make mention of the author by name, paraphrasing the author’s views and then making mention of their own personal interpretation of the text.
Many people commit plagiarism, both knowingly and unknowingly, with impunity. Your child must understand that their actions can affect their future prospects if they commit plagiarism. They should be well acquainted with their high school’s policy on plagiarism and you must also know of the consequences if your child is caught committing plagiarism so that they can produce work that is their own.
As parents, you can play an important role in your child’s high school education. Help your child to refer closely to their recommended reading list, using a comprehensive bibliography, paraphrasing an author’s views and finally, by pointing out the penalties for students who commit plagiarism.