Please note that plagiarism, as I mentioned before, is not tolerated at this level. Plagiarism essentially involves using someone else’s words and trying to pass them off as your own. We can compare plagiarism to theft – stealing another person’s ideas.
At IGCSE and AS Level, you need to exercise the skill of gathering information (from your textbook and other resources, for example, websites), interpreting it in line with the question and providing an answer in your own words. If you have used information obtained from a website or some other source besides your textbook, please reference the source accordingly. If you would like to use the exact wording from a source, you may do so but you need to provide this in a quotation with a reference.
Committing plagiarism at higher levels of education – such as university – can carry severe consequences, including disciplinary hearings and suspension from tertiary institutions. It’s in your best interest to learn how to avoid plagiarism now, so that you are aware of it later and can provide original work.
NB: Plagiarised assignments will not be marked and awarded a final result. You will be required to re-answer the questions and then submit the assignment again.
If you have any questions about plagiarism, please feel free to contact me or comment on this post.