The Temptation to Pay for Homework in Math

We’re going to dive right in and discuss a subject hotter that a jalapeno stolen from a restaurant: Paying someone else for your math homework. Yes, this is the topic. Just straight talk. No more bluster, no more avoiding the issue. Additional info?

It’s like you are staring in awe at your homework as though it was written in Sumerian. Perhaps you’re thinking “I should pay someone to do it for myself.” You don’t have to judge me. You’ve probably been there before, where you’d prefer to watch the paint dry rather than try and solve another quadratic problem.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when this question arises? Life is hectic. Perhaps you are juggling family duties, a full-time job and other responsibilities. Or, perhaps, your social life is a sham (remember them?). The math homework can feel like an unwanted guest at your party who refuses to go.

Our education system is a pressure cooker. Like playing a videogame where you suddenly find the level of difficulty has gone from “Meh” all the way up to “Why even bother?” overnight. Because grades are important, you’re always striving to achieve high marks. The devices open the doors, and in some cases even windows if they are jammed.

It’s time to ask the million dollar question. Is it worthwhile paying someone else for help with your math? Imagine spending your money on work that looks as if my grandma completed it. Her specialty, however, was baking cookies and not algebra.

Don’t forget Mr. Ethics on your shoulder, whispering nice things about integrity and growth. While cheating might be a short-term fix, think of what you miss out on. Crazy concept, right?

There’s also the possibility of getting caught. Imagine you submit an assignment that is so well-written, it would make Pythagoras appear amateurish. Because they are aware that you’re struggling with basic math, your teacher will raise an eyebrow as high as the Earth orbit. Busted!

Do not get me wrong, seeking assistance is completely fine. You have no reason to feel ashamed if you admit numbers cause you to want run away screaming. Instead of pouring money into the problem, consider alternative solutions.

Why not form a group of study buddies? It’s true that misery likes company. There are many free online resources, such as Khan Academy and YouTube. These sites have people who explain things to you in ways that won’t make your cry.

You can also talk to a professor or teacher if you feel stuck. Although it may sound like eating broccoli for dinner, I think they will appreciate the honesty you show and your desire to learn.

What matters at the end of a day (or a semester) is how you finished the race. While it may be tempting to use shortcuts when tackling challenges, overcoming them on your own will bring you more satisfaction.

Consider alternatives before you rush to your wallet and pay for someone’s math solution faster than you can buy concert tickets. You won’t feel guilty, nor will you be in any trouble.

Don’t forget: math is tough, but so are YOU! Also, during Monopoly evenings with the family, who would want to discuss spending habits that were labeled as “math homework?” Take on those numbers with a straight face! Why not just leave it?

The next time someone says “Can I hire someone to teach my online class?”, ask them why. We should perhaps ask them why they are feeling that way rather than jumping to our own moral high horses. Listening is the first step to understanding, even when what you hear may make us uncomfortable.