Academic knowledge is the basis on which future prosperity, and financial security has been determined. As a consequence, students feel inclined to perform above average in school. Now, as students perform less and less, they sink to obtain good grades by cheating. This method to acquire the desired grades will only harm the student, instead of the imagined result. Prompted by a child's inability to perform basic tasks throughout his education, academic cheating spawns numerous negative consequences. Resulting from the numerous pressures of high school, academic cheating places a large amount of stress on the minds of American teens.

To begin with, low self-esteem and a lack of morals prompt a student to cheat to maintain an acceptable grade. When students pick on a less academically inclined student, the unfortunate student will loose confidence in himself and resort to cheating, cheating that will begin a downward spiral of negative effects. Furthermore, if failing grades persist and plague the student, one will cheat to halt the continuation of unacceptable grades. Secondly, loving parental pressure will generate the need to cheat in school. For example, a child, who is a good student, will cheat, to prove to their parents that they are smart, and that they can achieve their goals throughout their schooling.

Additionally, parents want their children to follow in their footsteps in the aspect of the education that they received; therefore, more pressure will be enforced on the children. Lastly, failure to study, due to a lack of motivation, contributes to academic cheating. A student, cheating to make up for their lack of knowledge, will do so because one did not study for a test. In addition, a forgetful student will cheat in order to avoid doing work, which had been previously assigned. Also, when class work is assigned that requires knowledge from a previous lesson, a cheater will again resort to cheating in a futile attempt to raise his grade.

The effects of cheating, the majority being negative, hasten an individuals overall progress in life. Cheating, when observed by an adult, greatly influence a college's perception of the cheater. For example, A College Board's decision on a cheater's application will be significantly swayed if the cheating incident is placed on a student's record. Likewise, a cheater will be under constant observation by their professors, who know they have previously cheated, so that they will not cheat again. Secondly, even if one is not caught cheating, the immature display of self-insufficiency present peers with the impression of a lack of integrity. For instance, a student, performing well in school, will not want to be accused of cheating, therefore he will avoid contact with the cheater as much a possible.

In addition, a cheater will become less popular if seen cheating by a peer because cheating is not "cool". Finally, student's knowledge of basic information sharply declines if one cheats on a regular basis. Resorting to cheating regularly, a cheater will greatly reduce ones odds of passing assignments. Also, an uneducated student will be unable to participate in class discussions, thus disabling the classes capacity for knowledge.

Lastly a cheater will be unable to recall information that was learned during a previous chapter, due to the paltry amount of time spent on the subject. Generated by a child's lack of basic knowledge, cheating generates numerous unfavorable results. A student, with only good intentions, can be easily influenced by the promise of superior grades while completing so little work. Unfortunately, the final product of such little effort can take a devastating toll on a student's social life and even his future. The opportunity to work so little and achieve excellent grades is staring all students in the face, however; cheating places a student at great risk for ruining the rest of his life.