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Boy’s genius ‘hack’ to cheat on maths homework has everyone applauding
Kids are always one step ahead of us when it comes to technology.
‘I dobbed in my daughter for cheating at school’
Mum asks for help with baffling maths problem, laura mazza got scammed by 5yo.
When you were in primary school, computers probably weren't much of a thing. We had a weekly computer class where we learnt things like 'how to write an email ' (yes, I'm old). But these days, especially during the pandemic, computers and other technology have become an instrumental part of our children's learning.
But one mum has demonstrated how hard it is for the schools and teachers to stay ahead of our kids' increasing tech-savviness.
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Danyelle was both shocked and impressed. Source: @therealmom9110 TikTok
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'My little hacker'
TikTok user Danyelle Mullen's son decided to show his mum a little trick he'd discovered to make his maths homework a little easier, and his mother's mind was blown.
"Guys I think my kid's a hacker," she said in a video uploaded to the platform. "Look what he's just shown me."
"OK, they're doing their math homework right, and he goes, Mum, look what I can do."
Danyelle then points the camera at her son's computer screen where there is a multiple-choice maths question.
The boy opens up 'inspect element' (this is a feature that is available to everyone and allows you to inspect and modify a site from the front end. You've probably opened it by accident before and freaked out thinking you've entered some sort of 'hacker mainframe' from an eighties movie.
The inspect element window displays the code from the page.
The boy demonstrates that when he hovers over each answer he can see 'false' for the wrong answers in the code and 'true' for the right answer. Which means he is able to cheat his way easily through the quiz.
"We gotta watch these kids man," his shocked mum says. "They're too smart for us."
RELATED: ‘I dobbed in my daughter for cheating at school’
He had the answer in seconds. Source: @therealmom9110 TikTok
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Commenters were impressed
"He doesn't need school," wrote one person. "He's clearly got a degree of sorts already."
"Me in online college right now," wrote another.
Other young people chimed in saying that this was old news.
"Whose grandma is this?" asked one. "Everyone knows about this."
"Bro, I've been doing this since I was in second grade," agreed another.
Well, it may have been old news to some, but it's clearly not known to everyone as teachers haven't found a workaround - although they might after this video went viral and exposed the flaw!
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How to Cheat on Homework
Last Updated: July 15, 2023
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Sometimes it's just easier to not do the work. According to a recent study, 42% of freshmen at Harvard admitted to cheating on homework assignments, putting you in good company if you often feel like you've got better things to do than another worksheet.  X Research source Instead of going about it foolishly and copying off your friend right before class starts, get smart about your cheating. You can learn the best ways to finish off your math homework, your reading, and even cut some serious corners on your essays.
Cheating on Math or Short-Answer Homework
- First, you've got to make friends with the smartest kids in class, who always do the work correctly. It helps if you can share in the workload sometimes, alternating who does the homework and who copies, night to night. Don't be totally useless.
- The best times to copy homework are on the bus on the way home, or on the way to school. It's usually better to do it on the way home, so you can still try to actually do the homework if you need to. Never copy homework in class before class starts. Never talk about copying the answers in public, to your parents, or to other students. Keep it quiet.
- If you use this method, paraphrase. It does cause a little suspicion when two students have the exact same answer.
- To make the homework go faster, split up all the answers among the group. Have one person do the first five, another do the next five, and so on. You should be able to finish before the bus ride is over. Try to keep the group as small as possible.
- Don't make the group too big. If everyone names the first president of the United States as "George Washington Carver" on the homework, your teacher might be suspicious that something strange was happening. After you copy it, go back over it once by yourself to fix any obvious mistakes and make little changes to make it your own.
- Even just fixing the order of words in short answers can throw a teacher off the scent, if the answer is correct. Change "John Glenn was the first American in space" to "The first American in space was John Glenn."
- To stay extra covert, try to copy off of someone that your teacher doesn't think you're friends with. The teacher may be more likely to look more closely at the homework for signs of cheating if you're neighbors with someone, or if you're sitting next to someone.
- If you find your answers off the internet, make sure to paraphrase it so your teachers don't find out. Teachers are smart these days, so if you copy it directly, they could definitely find out.
- Online tutoring even exists in some places. Some college students will sometimes answer homework questions or offer assistance online, sometimes for a price.  X Research source If you can send copies of the questions, you might at least get some help figuring out the answer for yourself.
- Skip everything but the vocab words in a textbook. The skipping-around method tends to work better with textbooks, in which the actual explanations aren't that important, but the names and the vocab words are. You can read the textbook very fast this way, and not miss much information.
- Alternatively, depending on the kind of class, it might be better to read the first and last chapter of a novel, or focus all your attention on a single small part of the book and bring it up in class, to look as if you've read the whole thing and are prepared for discussion.
- It's also easy to find a long plot synopsis online, so you can at least get a good list of the characters and the style of the novel.
- Ask your friends to summarize their 50 assigned pages (or however many it works out to be) and take good notes on the section, then copy out the notes for everyone in the group. After that, each person's work will be done. It's like reading a whole book by only reading 1/3 or a 1/2.
- It's still a good idea to do some research and figure out whether or not the movie is accurate. Lots of movies take serious liberties with the plot lines of books, and you'll likely miss the names of characters and other minor plot points that might get cut out of the movie but be important for the book.
- Good movies based on books commonly assigned for school include: Grapes of Wrath , Romeo & Juliet , Lord of the Flies,' Pride & Prejudice , Wuthering Heights , Of Mice and Men , and To Kill a Mockingbird .
- Bad movies to watch instead of reading the book include The Iliad ('don't watch 'Troy , starring Brad Pitt), Fahrenheit 451 , Catcher in the Rye , Beowulf , Romeo & Juliet , and The Great Gatsby . These are good ways to prove you haven't read the book.
- It's also a good idea to look for possible talking-points online before you even do the reading, so you can know what to look for and have a good idea of something to say in class. Participation points with no actual work.
Cheating on Essays
- Many older teachers will assign the same papers year after year, and won't keep copies of them, making it very difficult for them to remember one students paper after a year or two. Never do this if your teacher collects essays online, or saves digital copies. This makes it very easy to do a quick file search and find copied passages.
- Buying essays online is basically a scam for chumps, so don't get schemed out of your hard-earned lunch money by some enterprising con artist. If you don't know the person you're getting the essay from, write it yourself. In general, paying to cheat is a bad idea, friend, sibling, or otherwise.
- Make sure the response to the topic is still up-to-date and not incriminating. If you see opportunities to expand and make more current references, do it to bring everything together.
- Never copy-paste from online and turn it in without revising. If you do, go over the font and the size to make sure everything is uniform.
- Copying passages or whole chunks of text from online is always easy to find quickly. If you try this, you risk lots of trouble.
- Read the assignment sheet closely as you go over the copied essay, making sure that it does everything that it needs to for you to get a good grade. If it doesn't, you need to add that in. Hey, at least you didn't have to start from scratch.
- Copy down friend's work the day its assigned because most people do it in class. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- If your homework questions are straight from a textbook, the internet will most likely have answers for them. If you are lucky, you can find a PDF of the teacher’s textbook, which has all the answers. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- Be discreet. Don't suddenly start getting top marks, ensure you make a slow and steady transition or everyone will know you are cheating. Thanks Helpful 4 Not Helpful 0
- Some teachers understand that there isn't much they can do to prevent students from copying solutions either from friends or off the internet. Instead, well-written exams will enforce the no copying solutions policy better than the teacher can. Homework will be worth only a small portion of the grade while exams will be the main grade determiner. If you have been copying homework solutions, you may be in trouble when it comes to the exams. Thanks Helpful 2 Not Helpful 1
- Just because you aren't caught directly cheating doesn't mean that people don't know that you're cheating. News about who cheats gets around the school fast. Don't be surprised if people seem to not want to trust you anymore. Thanks Helpful 2 Not Helpful 2
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The Best Homework Hacks: 18 Tips And Tricks To Help Busy Parents Get It Done Faster!
Homework, whether you are a parent or a child, is nobody’s favorite thing to do after a long day of school or work. That’s why we have collected 18 of the best homework hacks out there to help you get this tricky task finished much faster!
For many families, homework is a nightly battle that there’s no running away from, but you will be pleased to hear that it doesn’t have to be! Past studies have suggested that doing regular homework and home learning can help your child get better results in school, but we know just how hard it can be to get your child to sit and concentrate on their homework rather than the TV or their friends after school.
Homework hack 1 – Understand your school’s expectations
Homework hack 2 – get into a homework routine and you won’t regret it, homework hack 3 – create a planner to put your child in charge of deadlines, homework hack 4 – make a space in your home for homework, homework hack 5 – make sure everyone has a space to work in, homework hack 6 – create a homework box, homework hack 7 – get some help with your child’s math, homework hack 8 – make homework time a ‘together time’, homework hack 9 – make sure some healthy snacks are nearby, homework hack 10 – turn off all of the distracting technology, homework hack 11 – set a timer to help maximize effort, homework hack 12 – use both praise and rewards, homework hack 13 – take advantage of homework clubs, homework hack 14 – let them do their homework …. a.k.a don’t do it for them, homework hack 15 – use (some) technology to help, homework hack 16 – don’t make yourself out to be a super-scholar, homework hack 17 – get the grandparents involved, homework hack 18 – link homework to real life.
Luckily though, we are here to help, and in this post, you will find 18 of the best homework hacks to help them get their homework done faster and leave you with more time to spend as a family doing the things you all want to do!
Have you ever found yourself wondering how much homework your child should be doing, or worrying that it’s too much or too little?
Well, with a quick check of your school’s website you can allay these fears. Most elementary schools will have their homework policy somewhere on their website which you can download and then check over, but if it’s easier you can always pop in to visit their teacher after school.
They will be delighted that you are showing an interest in your child’s schoolwork and will be able to talk you through what is expected with regard to homework.
Once you know how much homework is expected, and how long this should take, make sure you allocate a set amount of time before or after school each day to get the job done and stick to it.
Once your child is used to the daily routine, there’ll be far less nagging involved and the process will become a lot smoother! A daily routine means that everyone in your household will be on the same wavelength when it comes to homework, and this is an invaluable tool in a parent’s arsenal as it means arguments will be kept to a minimum.
If you use one of the homework hacks in this blog, we recommend making it this one!
They may sound like a simple idea, but homework planners can be a great way to help your child become the boss of their own schedule.
In their planner, they should list which homework needs to be done each day and when they will do it, and they can design it to their own taste to help them get on board with the idea!
If you don’t have the time to help your child create their planner, there are also plenty of apps that have been designed to assist with homework scheduling so look online for inspiration and ideas.
A physical space for homework is a must.
Older children may prefer to study at a desk in their bedroom, while for younger kids the kitchen table or a quiet corner of the living room can be a great place to get homework done while you’re nearby.
Having an area that is free from distractions is the best way to ensure that focus is firmly on getting the work done quickly and to a high quality. No matter how small the distractions are, they can all add up and cause homework to take a lot longer than it should, and this is a simple hack that will help you avoid this from happening.
If you’ve got more than one child, then, providing a dedicated space for each child to study in with their own homework materials close at hand, can help save time and arguments!
There will be no more “My brother stole my pen!” arguments if each child has their own space!
One way to prevent the inevitable call of “Mom/dad my pen isn’t working” is to create a dedicated homework ‘box’ for your child.
This can take the form of a special homework pencil case or caddy where they can keep all of their pencils, pens and other homework essentials, like glue sticks and scissors, nearby. By doing this simple thing, the days of having your child run around the house in search of a glue stick, and therefore extending the time homework takes, will be over!
The way that math is taught in schools has changed drastically since many parents were studying the topic, so if your child’s homework has left you scratching your head you will be pleased to hear that help is nearby.
Sitting with your child while they do homework can really help. This way they’re close to you and able to ask you questions. You can also keep an eye on the work that is being done while you’re getting on with other things.
Don’t try to leave the room when they’re in the lower grade levels. It won’t work and you’ll be frustrated at having to keep coming back in to help!
As you will well know, a hungry child is a distracted child!
To help keep kids motivated on the task at hand, make sure they’ve got a few healthy and brain-boosting snacks nearby, as they won’t be in the mood to tackle homework if they’re hungry.
Things like nuts, chopped fruit or vegetables are a quick and easy way to stave off the post-school hunger pains until dinner time, so the focus can be firmly on homework! This is certainly a handy hunger homework hack!
When it’s time for homework, turn off the TV, iPads, phones and other electronics so that concentration is fully on work. One simple way to overcome the distractions that are ever-present in a family home is by blocking them out. Download a rain noise app or give your child some headphones and then all you will have left to worry about is making sure they hear the call for dinner!
If rain noise doesn’t work for your child, playing classical music has been proven to result in higher grades on tests than when other music genres are played, so why not consider starting a homework session with Beethoven and ending it with some Beyonce as a reward?
This is a simple technique that will help ensure your child is focused on the task at hand for the entire time they are doing it. By breaking homework sessions down into smaller, more manageable chunks of time, your child’s brain will have time to rest and not become overwhelmed by the task.
Grab a timer and set it for 10-25 minutes (depending on your child’s age). When the timer beeps, give them a 5-minute break before they start on their next high-intensity session. This break should involve doing something away from their homework area and be unrelated to the work they have just been doing. Ideas could include a walk around the block, grabbing a drink in the kitchen or even just talking about their day!
See the Pomodoro Technique for more ideas on how to stay focused on the task at hand.
Try to make homework positive, rather than a chore. If you have a homework refuser, you could try linking homework to a reward chart, with weekly treats or pocket money once they get all their homework checked off the list.
Whatever activity your child is completing, be sure to praise the work they are doing so they know you value their effort. Even if they are struggling with a particular piece of homework, it is important that your encouragement does not falter as the best way to learn is by making mistakes!
Many schools will run their own free after-school homework programme, so check if and when these run and whether your child can attend. Children really benefit from attending homework clubs as they can work together and learn from each other.
Plus, you have the added bonus of all their homework being done by the time you pick them up which means you have more time to spend as a family when you get in. Being able to outsource this parenting job at least one day a week will make a big difference in the long-run.
As parents, we all want the best for our children but the only way they’ll learn is by doing it themselves. If you find yourself starting to do the homework yourself, take a step back and begin to explain how your child can work out the answer rather than just filling it in yourself.
This will benefit them by learning the technique needed to solve the problem, and it means that you don’t have to relive your elementary school math homework all over again! This is one homework hack that certainly benefits both parties!
While one of the earlier posts recommended removing distracting technology from the equation when it is time for homework, on some occasions it can actually help get the job done faster.
Many schools now subscribe to online learning tools and provide parents with websites containing videos that give step-by-step explanations of homework tasks. Find out which platforms are used by your child’s school and make sure you have the log-in details so you can bookmark the links on your child’s tablet or computer for quick access.
Sometimes we all get stumped on long division or electrical circuits, so on these occasions, it is okay to bring in some technological help!
Confide in your children about times when you struggled at school or failed to do the homework properly, and how you felt when you then got poor grades on a test or realized you hadn’t achieved what you were capable of.
If they can see that someone they look up to struggles occasionally too, this will show them that while things may not come easily to them, problems can be overcome with hard work. It should also help them realize the importance of homework and how much you appreciate their effort.
If grandparents are helping when it comes to childcare and school pick-up, make sure they know what your child is currently learning at school – science, history and geography are great topics for grandparents to help with – and they may be willing to take them to museums, libraries or other places of interest to help them with their homework too.
We all know that grandparents’ house is the place to be for most children, so why not take advantage of this fact and get them to help ease the transition between school and homework.
There are lots of ways you can make homework a part of life . For example, a trip to the supermarket can help with math and money skills, while road and shop signs are great for reading and spelling.
Talking about topics around the dinner table can also extend their learning and make them realize homework is teaching them skills for life. One of the most relatable ways to bring homework into real life, especially where math is concerned, is through food. Examples include:
If you’ve ordered a takeout pizza and have 6 friends coming over to eat it with you, how should you divide the pizza up?
A tub of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream contains 1 gallon of ice cream. How much will each member of your family get?
A bag of pasta contains 700 pieces. You have four friends over for dinner, so how many pieces should each person get?
The possibilities are endless here, so this is a good chance to get creative! Of course, you may not have the time every day to craft creative, fun math activities. That’s where our list of home learning resources comes in – find the perfect activity for your children to do when you don’t have the time to make it yourself!
If you have any other homework hacks you think we should add to our list, then make sure you let us know on our Facebook or Twitter pages. We are always on the lookout for tips and tricks from parents who are facing the homework battle on a daily basis, whether they think it is a good idea or not.
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The content in this article was originally written by primary school teacher Sophie Bartlett and has since been revised and adapted for US schools by elementary math teacher Christi Kulesza
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