How to Get out of Doing Homework

Three Methods:Making Excuses to Your TeacherMaking It Look Like You Did Your HomeworkConvincing Your Parents

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 grade may suffer.

Method 1
Making Excuses to Your Teacher

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    Get to know your teacher first. You have to find that teacher who is not too strict, maybe a little oblivious, and forgiving. Get on his good side at the beginning of the year so he's more likely to trust you when you come to him with excuses later. Laugh at your teacher's corny jokes and smile and try to be a good student for the most part.
    • 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 he has pictures of his cat everywhere, you may be able to use that to your advantage later by telling him 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 he is passionate about his subject. Participate in class as much as possible: if he believes you love history, too, he's 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.
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    Blame technology. Say your computer or internet wasn't working, or your printer broke. Be aware that this is a common and pretty flimsy excuse, so your teacher may not buy it.
    • If your teacher expects you to email her your assignment, ask her the next day if she got your email. When she says she didn't, act confused and explain that you definitely emailed her and that you can't believe it didn't go through. She probably can't check to see if you are lying and will probably give you an extension.
    • Say your printer ran out of ink and it was too late to go out and buy new ink. The teacher may ask why you didn't bring the file to school to print out there--tell her you didn't even realize that was an option.
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    Blame a family crisis. Try to pick something your teacher won't ask about too much or won't want to call your family to verify. Say your mom and dad are having marital problems. Get teary-eyed if you can do that on command.
    • 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 dog ran away and you were looking for her all night and you were so worried you couldn't do your homework.
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    Blame your memory. Say you thought the assignment was due the next day or you wrote it down wrong. When the teacher says he is collecting your work, look worried and ask your classmates, "What homework?!"
    • Tell the teacher you were in the bathroom when he assigned the work and you completely missed that you had homework.
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    Fake sick. You can either fake sick to stay home from school completely, or just go to the nurse's office before class and tell her you have a terrible stomach ache, headache or menstrual cramps if you are a girl. Ask if you can lay down for the period.
    • 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.
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    Go see a guidance counselor during the class period. Discuss with her 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.
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    Be honest. Don't be cocky or blow your teacher off. Go to him before the class begins and tell him you simply couldn't get it done. Tell him you had too much work, you had to study for a huge exam, you were exhausted or feeling unwell, or you didn't understand the assignment. Show that you don't feel good about not doing your homework. He may give you an extension or tell you not to worry about it this time.
    • If you do this too often your teacher will stop being sympathetic, so make sure it only happens once or twice.

Method 2
Making It Look Like You Did Your Homework

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    Make it look like you did the work if your teacher only glances at your homework. Put random but relevant-looking work (ex: 2+2= 23/7 Carry the four Multiply by two 7) and hope that they don't look too closely.
    • 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 she's not attentive she won't notice.
    • If she is attentive try to distract her by asking her a question related to her subject or show her a word in the text book you don't understand.
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    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.
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    Act like you did the homework, but forgot it at home. Search your bag thoroughly in front of the teacher before coming up empty handed. Say something like "I'm so sorry, my alarm didn't go off this morning and I was so late that I just shoved everything in my bag. I must have forgotten it."
    • 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.
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    Get help from friends. Ask someone for the answers or to do your homework for you. You can make a deal with a friend that if they do your assignment this time, you'll get them back another time. Just remember that this can be considered cheating, and you could be in big trouble if you get caught.
    • 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 him this is how he can repay his debt.
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    Destroy the assignment if it's on a CD or flash drive. Crack the CD in the case before class then carry a lot of stuff to the class and fall or drop everything as you walk into class. Pick up your broken CD. Your teacher will be sympathetic as the entire thing just happened in front of her eyes.
    • Bring in a blank flash drive and swear to your teacher you saved it to the drive and you don't know what happened.
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    Purposely corrupt the file. You can open a program in one program and then forcefully save it as a word document. When your teacher tries to open the document, it will show an error message.
    • 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 bazaar 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, 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 he asks 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.
    • Open a non-word document say a song so its a .mp3 file. Right click > Properties. In the top of the properties name change .mp3 to .docx. It will now default to opening in word and look like a corrupt word document! Many professors I've had give me a day to "resubmit" the paper. In that time I write the paper and submit it.

Method 3
Convincing Your Parents

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    Say that you need to work on the computer. You could be on the computer telling your parents that you're doing your homework, and when they walk away, all you have to do is open a new tab on the window and go do whatever you want to do. Remember to switch back to doing your homework when the parent comes back.
    • 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.
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    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.
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    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!


  • 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 he or she 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.
  • It is best to do your homework in the first place. Doing your homework will help you learn, and you won't get the points if you haven't done the assignment.
  • If you know your teacher does not like you, it may be best not to use these excuses and get the homework done on time next time.

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