How to avoid getting caught using AI for homework

Calin Drimbau

Feb 6, 2024

student learning

Artificial intelligence has completely changed the game when it comes to academics. With powerful language models like ChatGPT, writing essays, research papers, presentations, and more has never been faster or easier. However, schools and universities are quickly catching on, with sophisticated AI detection tools threatening to catch any student relying too heavily on AI for schoolwork. 

In this post, I’ll break down exactly how schools are detecting AI content, explain the metrics they analyze, and most importantly - provide actionable tips to avoid getting caught using AI tools to assist with your homework and assignments.

AI detection poses a real threat

The release of ChatGPT set off a frenzy of excitement among students everywhere. Finally, an AI smart enough to help write entire essays and assignments with the click of a button! The quality was often good enough to easily pass off as human-written material. 

However, AI detection tools have advanced frighteningly quickly in response. Platforms like GPTZero and analyze textual patterns to catch machine-generated content. They pose a very real risk of exposing students using AI for schoolwork.

These AI detection platforms catch non-human content by analyzing metrics like:


Perplexity measures how predictable a piece of text is. Since AI models generate text based on probability, their output tends to have lower perplexity scores overall, meaning it’s more predictable. Unexpected vocabulary and conceptual connections decrease predictability and perplexity.


Burstiness checks how often similar words, phrases, and ideas repeat throughout a document. Because AI models draw from confined datasets and models, they tend to repeat ideas more often than humans. Lack of repetition and diverse concepts lower burstiness. 

High scores in either of these metrics drastically increase your risk of getting caught by AI detection tools. A stellar essay suddenly gets flagged for poor perplexity and burstiness scores, facing intense scrutiny. 

So how on earth can you reliably use AI for homework without getting caught by detectors?

Flying under the radar with Agent Herbie's advanced technique

The key is using an AI assistant specifically designed from the ground up to avoid textual patterns that get flagged during analysis. Agent Herbie serves as your own personal AI intern, helping with homework and written assignments while mimicking natural human writing tendencies.

Unlike other AI tools that generate essays outright, Herbie first researches topics extensively, gathering information from diverse sources. This allows Herbie to incorporate far more unique ideas and vocabulary into the final essay. 

The writing process itself involves advanced workflows fine-tuned over multiple iterations specifically to minimize repetitive phrasing and unpredictability - the core metrics AI detectors analyze!

Students currently using Agent Herbie for schoolwork confirm receiving excellent scores on essays spanning subjects like English literature, economic policy, computer science theory, and more - with absolutely no flags from plagiarism or AI detectors.

Put simply, Agent Herbie produces homework and essays that easily pass both human and AI scrutiny.

Appearing more "human" in your writing

Even with advanced AI tools like Agent Herbie, there are additional steps you can take to make your essays appear more "human":

Vary your sentence structure

Humans don't write in a perfectly structured way. Vary long and short sentences rather than sticking to a pattern. Break grammatical rules occasionally. These subtle touches make the work appear more natural.

Include authentic personal experiences

Drawing from personal stories, anecdotes, and your own authentic experiences gives off a human touch no AI can replicate convincingly over long pieces.

Intentional typos and errors

Perfection indicates AI. The occasional typo, misused phrase, or factual error suggests human fallibility behind the writing. Introduce minor imperfections subtly when editing.

Research obscure sources

Academic detectors check if sources are too mainstream. Cite obscure studies, authors, and evidence to demonstrate in-depth research no AI would bother with.

With the right strategies, you can craft wonderfully human essays with Herbie's assistance.

Should you feel guilty about using AI for homework?

There tends to be some moral debate about whether students should utilize AI for schoolwork. Some argue it qualifies as "cheating" and defeats the purpose of learning. However, in moderation and with the proper approach, AI can enhance academics rather than detract from it.

Used correctly as a "tutor" to inspire ideas and provide guidance, not as a crutch for completing entire assignments outright, AI empowers students to learn faster. Taking advantage of available technology for self-improvement is never something to feel guilty about! Don't fall into the trap of stagnating skills and knowledge simply because you refuse useful tools over principle. Adapt or get left behind.

How teachers can promote ethical AI usage

Instead of an outright AI ban that's nearly impossible to enforce, teachers should promote ethical usage. Explain how students can use AI safely as an academic asset without fully relying on it:

  • Use AI to expand ideas, not generate full essays

  • Credit any sources of inspiration

  • Fact check any claims or data

  • Rewrite suggestions in your own words

Rather than pretend AI doesn't exist, better to embrace it and guide students on incorporating it productively. This shows students how to augment their own abilities by using technology responsibly.

The reality is AI will only grow more advanced in capability. Demonizing and avoiding it completely serves no long-term purpose. Promoting ethical usage does.

Key takeaways

Whether you feel using AI for homework is ethical or not, the reality is that AI will only continue revolutionizing academics in the coming years. Student after student will enhance learning outcomes by incorporating technology.

As a student, getting left behind simply because you didn’t adopt an AI assistant for schoolwork would be a travesty. As a parent, would you want your child to fall behind for not taking advantage of available technology for better learning?

Agent Herbie finally levels the playing field, making advanced AI accessible to all students for academics. 

Join the waitlist today to get early access and skip the worry of getting caught by AI detectors. With Herbie as your personal academic assistant, you can spend less time stressing over assignments and more time truly learning.