Reading a textbook or a slew of articles on a topic can help learn it, but writing about it engages more of the brain and helps more of the information stick.
Academic and scholarly integrity are demonstrated in work that is original.
That makes it impossible to help the students learn and become better in the subject.
To succeed at writing essays you need to know how to analyse the question and plan the structure.
If everyone simply repeated what others have said and discovered before, nothing new would be created, discussed or invented.
A change in words and context might help others better understand it, add a new perspective or make a connection that was previously missed.“It is important to write in your own words so that you contribute something new to society.“Be sure to write it in your own words,” is a mantra that is repeated by educators at all academic levels.For students, the idea of writing in one’s own words is repeated from the first paragraphs written in grade school all the way to a doctoral thesis.“Plagiarism can cause students to get kicked out of schools, journalists to lose their jobs, songwriters to be hit with plagiarism lawsuits, and politicians to losing their elected or appointed positions.I think that is what the message is: create good habits and don’t steal other people’s work.- Renee Robins“Writing in your own words saves you, as a student, a lot of embarrassment and low grades.In the age of the Internet, almost any piece of knowledge or idea can be found, copied and presented in a matter of minutes.If being able to find the knowledge is what is most important, the extra step of rewriting what others have done seems superfluous.When instructors tell you to write an assignment in your words, they aren’t just trying to make the task harder for you, they’re trying to make it more valuable.Furthermore, when a student turns in an assignment written by someone else, there is no chance for the instructor to see how well they grasp the material and grade their progress.When I encountered plagiarism, I had to inform the parents of a student that they were getting a zero on an assignment because they didn’t turn in their own work.Those conversations were not fun for me, the parent, or the student.”- Shelley Mitchell, Oklahoma State University Writing in your own words helps you create something new, build valuable life skills, shows that you understand the material, helps you learn the subject and makes the time spent on the assignment more valuable.