My high school students' textbooks have a full answer key in the back. Nearly all of my students make at least one of these mistakes:
- Not knowing that the answers are in the back of the book. Hence they miss out on opportunities that their classmates have to assess their own work as they do homework.
- Checking the back of the book too early and too often. Hence they try to make their answer fit the back of the book without paying much attention to the question content.
- Plagiarising from the back of the book, either with or without an attempt to show some working out.
What guidelines can I give my students so that they can use the answer key in the back of their books correctly?
Note: I am not seriously concerned about my students improving their grade by copying the back of their homework book, since we write more than enough quizzes and tests. However, I want guidelines which can help students understand how they should and should not go about learning, and help me respond correctly when students are out of line.
Another note: This other question is similar, but I'm interested in secondary education and in teaching my students how to use the help given rater than circumvent it.