We are all aware that students are very busy people having little time to spare, even less for doing boring homework tasks. Moreover, as we have already mentioned, teachers often assign way too much leaving thus no way possible to do it all, if you are not a genius, or at least a nerd. So what to do? No one wishes to receive unsatisfactory grades. The only way out is to come up with a plausible excuse and spare yourself of performing homework or at least postpone it until better times. By the way, if you by accident decided to do the homework, check our tips how to save time and do it faster and better.
So, moment X is getting closer, you’re going to class, knowing that you didn’t even touch the homework. Of course, if you don’t care, make yourself comfortable in the last row and turn the music louder. Or, you come up with a question to your teacher, like “should students have homework? I think homework should be banned.” Maybe, somewhere in our world this would work out well. At least, you can try if you really don’t bother what will be the result. Yet, hopefully, this option is not for everyone. Maybe you generally like to study and even enjoy doing some of the tasks, yet this time just didn’t want to do homework? Or you were really busy with some important stuff? So how to justify yourself before the teacher if you were for some reason unable to do homework?
First, remember not to overuse excuses. If at every class you have no homework, even the most naive teacher won’t believe you. Sometimes, it’s better to do the task, incidentally you’ll better understand the material.
What excuses do students make when not doing homework? What are real best proven 100% working excuses?
Well, if you didn’t do your homework you could have just said your dog ate it. This is classic. Just give your homework to your dog! Or cat:
The problem is, this is old and so lame no one gonna believe it. This isn’t even funny anymore. Well, unless you’re attending a cookery class.
Be creative, turn on your fantasy, like this guy did. Or at least take your dog’s X-rays to the class to make it clear who really ate the homework. And, besides, what if you don’t own a dog?
Ok, if you’re not a first grader, you’re probably aware that not all excuses work. These are terrible homework excuses, be sure never to use single one of them!
Terrible excuse 1. You haven’t done your homework and come up to the teacher, like:
No additional comments needed.
Terrible excuse 2. “I spilled the water/coffee/fish soup all over my homework.” Most probably your teacher will say you should have been more cautious and not let this happen. Lame again.
Terrible excuse 3. “After I heard Justin Bieber was arrested, I was out of my mind with joy and thus cannot do the reading.” Do not use it unless your teacher looks like this:
Find more funny excuses here. However, the point of this article is to provide you with beneficial strategy, so let’s proceed.
Top ten working excuses
Sure, there are lots of options on how to avoid bad consequences. if you are familiar with the teacher, you probably will be able to choose the one that will work 100%. Consider some of the best options for excuses. We prepared top ten excuses for you in case you ever find yourself in need of one.
1. Tell the truth
The most proven way – the easiest. No need to invent anything, just before the class (not during, this is important!) come up to the tutor and say you do not have time to carry out homework in time, did not understand the task or lacked time and promise to bring it to the next class. Remember that few students do so and that’s why this method almost always works. 30 seconds and the problem is solved.
Once again, it’s not for frequent use!
2. No notebook – no homework
Say to your teacher that you’ve done your homework but forgotten it at home. If your teacher is showing doubts, say you’ll bring it next time. You’ll be able to accomplish this if you’re not a super-slowpoke J or at least copy it from one of your friends.
Important! Better do not lie that you left it in your locker, as some teachers may ask you to go bring it and this is where you’ve got caught.
3. Done it orally
Obviously, this can work for literature or history (if you weren’t assigned an essay!) but maybe not math. Few people can solve equations orally, but if the task was to go through someone’s biography, this will certainly do. Best be able to say couple of words on topic to support your version.
4. Pretend no homework was assigned
This way is for team work, you know. Or if you were absent on the previous class. Then just say no one informed you there’s something assigned.
5. Done but not the required thing
Different misunderstandings may occur. Say you didn’t fully understand the task and have done slightly other assignment. The thing is in such case you’ll need to show something because otherwise your claims make no sense.
6. My computer crashed and I didn’t save the homework / printer stopped working/homework files got damaged by viruses.
With the development of technology and involving computers and stuff into homework process, lot of possibilities occur for desperate homework-avoiding students. Stay up to date with last technology news so your excuse is valid.
7. Extra-curricular activities
If you’re volunteering or taking part in rugby/baseball/ball dance team for school/college, why not use this for not doing homework excuse? What is great, this is believable one.
Make sure teacher won’t find out you were playing football instead of lying in bed with fever. Say you were so ill that couldn’t distinguish your cat from sheet of homework (ok, that’s maybe too much).
Certainly, there are plentiful other excuses you can make. Say to your teacher you were babysitting your cousin or little sister/brother (make sure you have one, though. Or at least that teacher won’t call home and find out).
10. Too much homework from (insert subject name) class to complete the required homework
Make sure you choose this other subject properly, it better be something like pre-calc midterm or science project, time consuming and highly complicated thing which prevented you from doing the homework for class.
Be attentive and cautious.Often teacher checks homework from time to time and maybe today is not the case. So there’s no use confessing that you did nothing, as the probability of finding that out is low. So just sit calmly and enjoy life. And in case it happens you know what to say.
Now you’re prepared! Have a couple of your own best homework excuses? Share in comments! Wish you high grades! And don’t forget that there always is something you certainly need to learn, cause you gonna need to do something for a living. Maybe that’s not trigonometry equations, but who knows?
In any case, if you didn’t do the homework, skip the school and go to another country! This always works, they won’t be able to check your homework in such case.
Besides, while carrying out our research we’ve noticed that the most frequent users of homework excuses are guys from Great Britain. Moreover, they tend to be pupils and students from capital and the biggest cities. The silver medal goes to Australia, and the third place is divided between Canada and The USA where people beg teachers to forgive their failures also in large urban areas.
Just for interest, what are the real causes of students not doing homework? Well, pupils and students are quite an incomprehensible crowd. Some of them are geeks keen on intricate assignments, while others are lazybones who hate their homework to the core. Moreover, you will never know whether homework excuses of both are true or false. Having conducted a poll we’ve divided young people into several categories by their approach to the homework excuse:
- A laid-back guy who pretends to do his homework, however procrastinates till the end and can’t meet the deadline. Such people want teachers to leave them alone, thus, usually, he or she is beating about the bush trying to convince everybody that it’s not their fault, something supernatural happened to them and they’ve err… mmm… ah
- The second type is a busy student. This person tries to tell the truth about the lack of time due to work or courses or something, but the lack of time due to work or courses or something doesn’t give him a chance to finish the speech and he hectically eschews this moment of shame.
- Miracle happens once in a million of years when nerd isn’t properly prepared. His excuse can be… well, who cares?
- A young beau or a fop enters a classroom with no explanations. Their rolling eyes would speak for themselves. Or lipstick and mascara instead of the book on the table.
- A bullyboy. You’d better not ask a bullyboy about absence of homework.
What’s your type? By the way, we are extremely interested in YOUR approach to homework excuse! Let us know.