In most cases, your
professor will make it clear what work is intended to be done
individually. Discussing class material with a classmate can often be a
helpful practice and can help clarify concepts and bring to light new
ideas; however, assignments and essays should be done individually. Your
professor may consider your work cheating if work is strikingly
If you are in doubt about whether or not it is acceptable to collaborate with a classmate, ask your professor.