I Forgot To Do My Homework

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    Go to school early the next day. If there was no way for you to complete your assignment without the materials you left at school, try to go in early the next morning. If your school offers early morning study hall (or a breakfast period), you can easily get there early and work in the morning. If you need to get into your classroom, you can email your teacher to see if he or she can let you in early.

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    Work during any free periods. If you are not able to go into school early (or if you do not finish your assignment during that time), you can work during any downtime you have during the day. If a teacher gives you time in class to work on something, you can work on the homework from last night instead. You can work during any free period, recess, or lunch in order to get the assignment done.

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    Stay after school. If you were not able to get the assignment done during your school day, you may still be able to turn it in without getting a late grade. Talk to you teacher and find out if you can stay after school for a little bit to finish the assignment. It is likely that your teacher will need to stay for a little while anyway, and he or she may respect your initiative to get the late assignment complete as soon as possible.

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    Email it to your teacher. A similar option is to email the assignment to your teacher. Sometimes if you can get it to your teacher the same day it is due (even in a digital format), your teacher will not mark the assignment late.[7] Talk to your teacher and find out if this is an option for you. Then complete the assignment as soon as you get home.
    • If you have multiple email accounts, use the one associated with your school.
    • Once again, use proper grammar, complete sentences, and good etiquette when you communicate with your teacher via email.
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    Get an extension. If all else fails, talk to your teacher about getting an extension. Explain what happened, describe all the methods you tried in order to get this assignment done, and ask for permission to turn it in late. If this has never happened before, your teacher will probably appreciate your honesty and let it slide. If that happens frequently, however, you may not be as lucky.[8]

  • There’s a lot going on in your life. School, sports, clubs, friends, family, crushes, Netflix… they can’t all be your number one priority at the same time. Finding the time to do everything you need – not to mention want – to do can be difficult, and sometimes things fall by the wayside. You can’t always go get a milkshake with your besties, or paint your little sister’s nails, or finish the next episode of New Girl. Schoolwork is extremely important, but sometimes even with the best homework tips and latest apps, you just don’t get it done. Whether it’s because you genuinely forgot it was due, you didn’t have time, or you did it and forgot to bring it to class (the worst), it happens, and in those moments, you need a good excuse.

    We’ve all been there – oops! Before you have visions of getting an F or being sent to the principal’s office, take a breath. If this is the first time you’ve forgotten to do homework for this teacher, you can almost definitely talk your way out of the repercussions. But no one falls for “the dog ate my homework” any more. Get a little more creative with one of these excuses. While we definitely don’t want to encourage you to skip schoolwork, we do want to help protect you when you make a mistake. Here are 13 excuses to give your teacher when you forget your homework:

    1. The hedgehog ate it.


    Hedgehogs are way more unique than dogs. Your teacher will be so surprised, they’ll just go with it—why would you make up something so weird and expect them to believe it if it weren’t true? Plus, hedgehogs are freakin’ adorable when they eat. Look at that little guy go!


    2. You had to babysit last minute and the kid(s) require constant supervision.


    You may not have done your homework, but it’s because you were being even more of a responsible person. While the child probably didn’t burst into flames à la The Incredibles, everyone knows you can’t leave kids alone for a moment or they’ll swallow pennies, put their fingers in electrical sockets, or simply run away. They should applaud you.


    3. The WiFi is broken at your parents’ house.


    How can you be blamed for this? You didn’t break it, the internet company did. And you can’t drive/don’t have your own car/don’t have someone else to drive you, so you can’t go to a coffee shop/library/friend’s house. You can do it at the school library after school today.


    4. Coach kept you late at practice.


    If they’re big on school spirit and want the team to get the big W at the upcoming game, they can’t get mad you skipped your assignment to practice extra hard. Then again, if they’re friends with the coach and they find out you made this up…you might be sitting the next game on the bench.


    5. Your after-school job needed someone to cover a shift.


    Your job needs you, and you need the money. You know homework is important for your grades, but if you can’t afford to go to college, it won’t help very much. Hit ’em again with the responsibility factor—planning for your financial future.


    6. Your devious sibling played a prank that ruined it.


    Siblings can be a pain in the butt. There are any myriad of things they could have done to ruin your homework—hidden it, shredded it, drawn on it, deleted it, changed all of the “and”s to “LOL.” Sibling pranks know no bounds. And don’t worry, teacher, they’ve been grounded for their shenanigans.


    7. Autosave didn’t work.


    We’ve all experienced the blue screen on a PC, or the spinning wheel of death on a Mac. Microsoft Word isn’t perfect, and neither are you.


    8. Your computer crashed.


    It’s in the shop! You’ll be able to submit your work after the IT guys figure out what’s wrong, promise.


    9. There was so much traffic you didn’t get home for hours.


    This, of course, is highly dependent on where you live in relation to school. But if you can get away with a traffic jam, it’s worth a shot once or twice a school year.


    10. The email with your attachment didn’t go through?


    That’s so weird! You submitted it following the exact instructions provided. You have no idea how the file didn’t go through, but you have it saved on your computer at home, so you’ll re-send it after all of your extracurriculars are done today, which will be a few hours after school lets out…


    11. Wait, you thought it was due tomorrow!


    So sorry for the mix-up, you accidentally wrote the wrong date in your planner. Total misunderstanding!


    12. No excuse. Just start crying.


    Hopefully they’ll just be too caught off guard to ask you what happened.


    13. You forgot to do it.


    Hey, sometimes, people just appreciate honesty. If this is the first time you’ve screwed up, telling the truth could be the best policy. Ask for a one-day extension, and don’t let it happen again. If it does happen again…use excuses 1-12.

    Which of these homework excuses have you tried before? What did we forget to include? Let us know in the comments.


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