You should always produce your own work and you should never cheat or copy off others! This is not morally ethical and for the reasons I am about to explain, it does more harm than good in the long run.
Let’s say you cheated on a piece of homework by copying someone else and you got 90%. Let’s also say that you normally get 60% on similar homework in that subject. Assuming you get away with it, the teacher will now believe that you are an A* student instead of the C student that you currently are. They will now give you work which is above what you should be getting. You will not understand the content at all and you will be struggling. This will lower your confidence and will massively impact the result you get for your final exam. All for what? To get a high mark on one homework? Think long term not short term and always produce work of your own.
If you did that exact same homework by yourself and got 60%, the teacher will know exactly where you’re at and what you need improving upon. This will allow them to work closely with you to fix up any errors you may be making constantly and they will ensure to improve your mark by as much as possible if you are willing to work and put the effort in. This will be a long term benefit because in the future, you will not be making those mistakes again for the real exam and you will know that you will be getting a better grade than what you were getting in mock exams because you are constantly improving.
Cheating is not only an action but a mindset also. Cheating in school can develop bad habits within yourself and you will become a human being that no one wants to associate themselves with. Aim to be a good person through and through and you will get rewarded one day. It may be long and it may be stressful but if you can stay away from bad habits such as cheating, then you will reap the rewards in the future!
Cheating is often done by students because of peer pressure. All your friends are cheating and copying each other so you may as well follow the trend right? Wrong! I know it is very hard to not fall into the pit of peer pressure but you must remember the benefits of being honest and doing your own work. Think of this at all times when you’re at a crossroads and you will always pick the right option if you are truly dedicated to getting the best grade possible.