How to Get Out of Doing Homework
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Sometimes you just can’t get it together and finish your homework. Maybe you had a concert or a game after school and you were too tired to think when you got home. Maybe you ran out of time, or you fell asleep early. Maybe you just had something way better to do! This article will give you ideas for how to get your parents off your back about doing homework and convince your teachers you have a perfectly good reason why you didn’t do the assignment. Plus, learn techniques on how to make it look like you made an attempt at your assignment, but life, fate, or technology got in the way. Just don’t make a habit of it, or your grades may suffer.
- Notice how your teacher reacts when other students forget their homework to gauge how much you can get away with.
- Notice if your teacher collects homework or usually just walks around and glances at your worksheet to make sure you did it.
- Try to get an idea of what your teacher likes. If they have pictures of their cat everywhere, you may be able to use that to your advantage later by telling them your cat is very sick or had to be put down and you were too devastated to finish the assignment.
- Remember that your teacher probably got into teaching because they are passionate about their subject. Participate in class as much as possible: if they believe you love history, too, they’re probably more likely to be sympathetic later.
- Find out how much homework counts toward your final grade. If homework only accounts for 20% of your grade and you ace all your tests, projects, and class participation, you might be able to get by without doing homework and still get a decent grade.
- If your teacher expects you to email them your assignment, ask them the next day if they got your email. When they say they didn’t, act confused and explain that you definitely emailed them and that you can’t believe it didn’t go through. They probably can’t check to see if you are lying and will probably give you an extension.
- Claim the death of a family member. Make it someone close enough that it would affect you, but not so close that the teacher will find out about it. A great aunt or uncle works as they tend to be older. There is also no limit on the amount of great aunts and uncles you have, whereas with grandparents there is a limited number of times you can use that excuse. Plus, you don’t want to tempt karma by saying your grandma died unexpectedly.
- Say that you are having a private family issue and you don’t feel comfortable talking about it, but you can’t do the homework.
- Tell your teacher your pet died. But be aware that if your teacher happens to be having a conversation with your parents and says something like “Sorry about the dog!” they may find out you were lying.
- Tell the teacher you were in the bathroom when they assigned the work and you completely missed that you had homework. However, if your teacher has a good memory or writes homework on the board or on a school website, there is a high chance this will not work.
- This works best if you are somebody who rarely gets sick(maybe once or twice a year) then you will be more trustworthy if you appear sick.
Go see a guidance counselor during the class period. Discuss with them that your study habits aren’t great and that you feel overwhelmed by the amount of work you are getting. The guidance counselor will offer you advice about how to manage your homework for the future, and can also speak to your teacher to extend the due date.
- If you do this too often your teacher will stop being sympathetic, so make sure it only happens once or twice.
- If your teacher walks around the class checking for homework, but doesn’t take it in, write your homework page and task at the top of some random notes you have for that class. If they’re not attentive, they won’t notice.
- If they are attentive, try to distract them by asking a question related to the subject or show them a word in the textbook you don’t understand.
Look up the answers online or in the back of the book. Many textbooks have all or half of the answers listed in the back of the book (especially math books). Your teacher may have found the worksheets or questions online, too, so search for the answers online.
- Say you must have left it on your desk/in the car/on the bus and ask if you can turn it in at the end of the day. Then you can quickly do the assignment during lunch.
- Try asking one friend for answers to questions #1 and #2, then another friend for the answers to questions #3 and #4, and so on until the assignment is complete.
- Assemble a study group and let them work out all the answers.
- If you have a friend who owes you a favor, tell them this is how they can repay their debt.
- Bring in a blank flash drive and swear to your teacher you saved it to the drive and you don’t know what happened.
- Go into File Explorer and find the file you want to make corrupt. Right click over the file and select ‘Open With. ‘, then select Notepad. Once the file opens in Notepad you should see a really bizarre document with gibberish. Click anywhere within the document and type something random in it, disturbing the flow. After this just save and submit. When your teacher opens it, it will show up an error.
- Do not select “use application as default” when selecting Notepad after File Explorer step or else all word documents (.docx) will automatically in Notepad showing gibberish.
- Create a blank image in Paint and save it in .bmp format. After that, forcefully change its format into .doc (right-click and hit Properties), and change the title to the name of your homework assignment. Now, when you try to open the file in any text viewing program, it will show up as a broken file. Send it to the teacher, and if they ask you the next day, just say sorry about this inconvenience and promise to send it this evening. Now, you have an extra day to complete your homework.
- So your parents check your history? Easy. If you have the Google Chrome browser, you can use Incognito mode. This will not track your history at all. Press ctrl+shift+N at the same time to open an Incognito tab. Remember to close all Incognito tabs before you go back to doing your homework.
- Remember ctrl + w closes a window with one tab without prompt, so it is the perfect way without downloading Firefox and certain add-ons to use the computer without parent’s knowing anything of your exploits.
Tell your parents you did all your homework at school already during lunch or during your study hall. If they ask to see it, say you left it in your locker so you wouldn’t bring it home and forget to bring it back to school the next day. Or you can show them some old notes or old homework from your classes and pretend that it is your currently assigned, already completed homework. This will work if your parents have not already seen those assignments or they are not stamped or signed by a teacher. If they are, say that your teacher allowed you to turn in your homework and get it graded a little early. Be aware that most teachers don’t grade assignments early and this excuse is sometimes unbelievable.
Tell your parents you’re going to the library or a friend’s house to study. Leave the house with your backpack and text books. If you do go to a friend’s house, play video games or just hang out the whole time. You can also go hang out at the mall or somewhere else, but be aware your parents could catch you!
Yes, but you should try to do as many questions as possible, even if you aren’t sure of the answers. This is especially true if your homework is graded.
I was absent for a few days and have no idea what we’re doing in class and I can’t come in for help. The internet doesn’t help and I can’t look up the answers online. What do I do?
If you’re able to get in touch with any of your classmates to ask about what you missed, do that. Otherwise, just approach your teacher before class (get there early if possible) and tell him/her that you were unable to get the assignments you miss and ask for an extension. Assuming you don’t miss class all the time, he/she will probably be understanding.
It would be extremely difficult to do this without skipping school. Find a way to get the work at home and play sick for a day to finish the assignment.
Remember that someday the teacher will find out. It may be that the hand writing is the same or that the answers are the same. Ask a friend or adult to help you not give your work to others.
No. Even if you change a few words, taking someone else’s sentences and calling them your own is plagiarism. It is not okay. You need to phrase things in your own way, rather than copying and pasting.
I have to redo a huge assessment and it’s for a super strict teacher. I have to hand it in first thing at the very beginning of the week. I really can’t do it. I’ve been so depressed.
Try to push through your depression and do it. Sometimes work can be a great distraction when you’re feeling low. Sitting around and wallowing in your feelings won’t make anything better. If you absolutely can’t do it, explain to the teacher what’s been going on, that your depression is preventing you from doing the work, and then go see your doctor about it.
Get her to look at something else. For example, if you have a sibling, say that they aren’t feeling well and she should go check on them. If not, try something like, “I think dad’s looking for you” or, “Is that your phone ringing?”
I don’t want to do homework right now that is due two days from now, but my mom says if I don’t, I can’t go to my friend’s house. What do I do?
Tell your mom that your friend has the same assignment and you guys will do it together. If this works, when you get to your friend’s house, work as fast as you can with your friend’s help so you can play. If it doesn’t work, you’ll just have to do the assignment if you want to go to your friend’s house.
Remember: in most cases, it is unlikely your teacher will excuse you from doing the homework altogether, even if these tactics work. Go into it thinking they will give you an extension and you will have time to catch up on your work without it impacting your grade.
Homework is there to help you. In the long run, not doing homework will impact not just your report card but your future.
Avoid lame and common excuses. These excuses have no effect, so don’t even try to use them. Avoid “I forgot” and “My dog ate my homework” kind of excuses. Using long, boring excuses may make the teacher just dismiss it and tell you to turn it in tomorrow.
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If you weren’t able to finish your homework, there are a few good excuses you can use to keep your teacher off your back. You can blame technology and say your computer or printer broke. If you needed the internet for your homework, say your internet went off for a few hours. Pretending you forgot your homework isn’t the best excuse, but it sounds better than admitting you didn’t do it. Search through your bag and pretend to look for it, then tell your teacher you must have left it at home. To make it more convincing, see your teacher at the beginning of class and say you had a busy week and forgot to do the homework. You can even tell them you had a family issue. Teachers are unlikely to call you out for being sick, so try going to the nurse before class and telling them you feel sick and you can’t go to class. For more tips, including how to get out of your parents making you do homework, read on!
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