I have recently been selected as a tutor on Chegg for the subject of advanced physics and have recently also been applying to various internship opportunities as I am in my final year of undergrad. I have the experience of being an educator at an Indian organisation, and was wondering whether I can add this new part time tutoring job to my CV. The problem is that I have the opinion that professors don't look at Chegg as something good, so is there any way it could look bad on my resume?

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    Note that many people (outside the US at least) don't know what chegg is. – einpoklum Apr 23 at 19:45
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    Some extended discussion, mostly about the culpability of Chegg with regard to academic misconduct, has been has been moved to chat. Please see this FAQ before adding another comment. – cag51 Apr 24 at 2:30
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    It's possible to list yourself as 'paid online tutor in physics' without naming which service. It might help if you have any legit client stories/references of who you tutored. – smci Apr 24 at 21:21

I would probably interpret "tutor on Chegg" to mean "paid to help students cheat". Maybe this isn't a fair assessment of your job there, but it's certainly the impression I get out of Chegg.

I am only willing to answer student questions on StackExchange and on other sites here like Biology.SE because of strict moderation policies that prevent students from using the site as a homework cheating tool rather than an educational aid. Other sites without these controls, especially those that seem to have a business model based on helping students cheat, leave a bad taste in my mouth.

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    @DanielHatton, only if they hire you specifically to be a gamekeeper and nothing else. – Buffy Apr 22 at 19:13
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    I know that I'm probably the only one here around to think this way, but I'm much more disappointed by the professors who complain about Chegg and don't do anything to change the way in which they administer homework and exams. When I was a student around 30-35 years ago, there were professors who would say: "It's a student's right to cheat, and it's a professor's duty to avoid cheating". Even though this statement is strong, it contains more than a grain of truth. I've also discussed this here. – Massimo Ortolano Apr 22 at 19:58
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    @MassimoOrtolano The problem is that it's much easier to cheat today than when you were a student, and much harder to catch. It's now an industry with thousands working full-time on it, who can go so far as make entire projects and essays for hire. If you think you've made exams that can't be cheated, you are probably mistaken. I myself have written many "creative" problems which can't be found in standard sources, and within minutes they get posted to Chegg, where people like OP solve them. – knzhou Apr 22 at 20:14
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    @knzhou There was already a cheating industry 35 years ago, and even more, and the methods are the same. There were professional cheaters and you could buy projects, essays, dissertations and whatever you wanted to buy already 35 years ago. What changed is just the technological support. But there are other forms of exams, like oral exams, which are less prone to cheating (and this is just one example). I know that many here like to think that nowadays it’s different, but it’s just because they are inexperienced about cheating (and also because it’s sounds a lot like good guys vs bad guys). – Massimo Ortolano Apr 22 at 20:33
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    @AnonymousPhysicist As you've probably noticed on my other answers where you've commented similarly, I don't really think we should be in the business of telling people directly what to do and not to do except in special circumstances. Rather, we can help supply the information needed to make a decision. As Daniel suggests, there may be some (very rare) situational information that changes the answer, yet we're building a repository of Q&A here meant to help people beyond just one asker. The question that OP ends their body with is more answerable than their title, IMO. – Bryan Krause Apr 22 at 23:02

Keep your resume to what is relevant, and highlight how your experience has been for positive learning rather than cheating, or leave it out.

Chegg is notorious for student cheating - we actually had instructors scouring Chegg during the exam this year to search for real-time cheating. It was surreal. But that being said, Chegg in and of itself is not bad, and tutors on Chegg can't be held responsible for cheating just because they post on Chegg.

So, if the job requires you to show experience as someone who can handle remote learning, remotely communicating with students, that sort of thing, Chegg could be relevant experience. Now, if the person doing the hiring has reasonable knowledge of Chegg they'll also know that it is used a lot for cheating, so you will have to do some work on your resume to show how you specifically did not contribute to student cheating. This is a big hill to climb and I doubt you'd be able to do it. On the other hand, if it is for a job where the hiring person doesn't really know what Chegg is for you won't have this issue.

If the job doesn't require you to show any of this, I'd leave it off for two reasons. First, Chegg is sketchy and is obviously a cheating mill. Second, it is not worth it to waste the hiring person's time with irrelevant experience. Unless you can swing your Chegg experience to be relevant to the job you are applying for, it doesn't really do much for you to leave it on.

Now, since you asked this question it's pretty obvious that you knew you were likely helping students cheat. Perhaps use that to guide your choices of what goes on your resume...

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    " we actually had instructors scouring Chegg during the exam this year to search for real-time cheating" This actually happened to questions I wrote. Highly disappointing. – knzhou Apr 22 at 18:55
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    "Chegg in and of itself is not bad" - why not? It seems principally to be a cheating tool. "tutors on Chegg can't be held responsible for cheating" - I disagree; tutors, whether on Chegg, on some other online service, or those having in-person meetings with their students have a responsibility to assist in education rather than to assist in cheating. There may not be ways that an instructor can compel any sanction on the person, but it can certainly affect their judgment of that person. – Bryan Krause Apr 22 at 19:11
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    @CountIblis This sounds like blaming the victim. I wrote completely original questions for an online exam and they were posted on Chegg within minutes of the exam starting. What's your better system here? – knzhou Apr 23 at 1:34
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    @CountIblis Not only does that not scale, the abuses in those cases can be even worse, as you can buy entire projects and reports. It is just the same as the exam cheating except that there's a much longer time window to get it done. When I was younger, I was in a course with a required group project. I saw somebody buy a project and then sell membership in his "group" to others. – knzhou Apr 23 at 1:55
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    @CountIblis "You shouldn't give conventional exams online." In the pandemic environment, an online take-home exam with no invasive proctoring measures is the best option for honest students. I use this model, even though I know some students will cheat, because I don't want to punish the honest students for the dishonesty of others. I do my best to catch the cheaters, but some go uncaught, and that's the price I pay. – Misha Lavrov Apr 23 at 18:24

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