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I’m sure most, if not all students, have at least a few times (or more!) during school where they’ve handed in a homework assignment late, and so as not to get into trouble, given an excuse to their teacher as to why they couldn’t complete their homework on time. Be careful not to use the same excuse too many times, or your teacher may not be so sympathetic next time!

tutorhubIf you’re like me, and often forget about their homework (oops), then maybe this list of excuses can help to bail you out:

  1. My dog ate my homework!” – Hmm, perhaps not the most subtle or workable of excuses, but if you really do have a dog… There may be more than a 0.0001% chance that it could work?! If all else fails, you could always bring a stool sample as proof…
  2. Homework? I don’t remember getting any homework?” – You probably DO remember getting your homework, but your teacher doesn’t know that, right?
  3. Ahh, I thought it was in my bag, but it looks like I’ve left it at home by accident!” – Of course you left it at home by accident! This one is a great excuse, it’s worked a fair few times for me, anyway…
  4. I didn’t understand the homework, could you explain it to me so I can give it a second go?” – This excuse works better more for maths or question based homework rather than essays. However, it’s a good way to hit two birds with one stone (you get help on your homework, and a deadline extension!), especially if you actually don’t understand the homework assignment!
  5. My computer crashed and I didn’t save my work/my printer stopped working!” – With more and more people using computer based software to complete their homework, a whole new spectrum of excuses have been opened to the desperate, homework-lacking student.
  6. I had too much homework from my [insert subject name] class to complete the homework you assigned,” – Poor you, clearly you’ve been given way too much homework by all your other teachers to do this piece! A homework overload is never a good thing.
  7. Oh, I think I was absent when the homework was given out…” – You were obviously ill when the homework was handed out in class, even though your teacher is looking at your ‘tick’ of attendance in the register!
  8. I’ve been busy with extra-curricular activities and volunteering work outside of school,” – If you’re doing any work or activities outside of work, hey, why not use them as an excuse for not doing your homework! It’s a pretty believable one (especially next to excuse 1.).
  9. I’ve been so ill over the past few days, so I haven’t been able to do any of my homework,” – Bed ridden, feverish and unable to distinguish your cat from your sheet of homework, how on earth can you be expected to work in this state?!
  10. Tell the truth – After using all these excuses, perhaps it’s time to pull out your triumph card – the truth. On the occasion, your teacher may appreciate your use of the truth rather than the usual bombardment of (unbelievable) excuses. Use this one when you’re feeling especially sincere (and desperate).

I hope these excuses have been helpful, just remember that the more you use them, the more unbelievable they’ll become to your teacher. In fact, it may just be better (and easier) for you to hand in you homework on time!

 

 

 

68 Comments

68 Responses to “10 Best Excuses for Not Doing Your Homework”

  1. Mike Hansford

    The best one I heard at uni was “my desk set on fire.” Seriously.

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      • olivia

        Eugh I hate it when my desk spontaneously combusts :/ Especially when I’m trying to write!! First World Problems

        Reply (20) (6)
    • Rocker Girl

      Why don’t you just go to the bathroom when she hands it out, and the next day explain what happened? Its being honest, with a twist right?

      That’s all! ~Rockergirl

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    • Simone Bealer

      My teacher is kinda…nice and eagle eyed…soo i was at class. Forgot my pencils when to home room. So i just said: “someone stole them..’ and thats how i got lost in school xD

      Reply (4) (3)
  2. sofiatanya

    My excuses are: I did it, and then I put it in my bag, but I wanted to check it and then i checked it and never put it back in!
    or:
    Ooopsy! I left it in my desk and didn’t take it home.
    Once I said: ( when the class was silent ) i forgot my homework, left it at a friends, LOL
    I actually said lol :)

    Reply (16) (5)
    • bigfirefly

      best one is…… I forgot my hw at my aunts place………i’ll surely bring tomrrw

      Reply (12) (6)
  3. Molly

    Me=If you do not do anything you don’t get in trouble right?Teacher=Right. Me=i did not do my home work so i’m not in trouble Ha Ha Teacher= -_-

    Reply (19) (3)
  4. abdullah altaleb

    the best excuse is that mrs i lost it while i was fighting with that kid who said your not the best teacher ! LMFAOOO

    Reply (25) (2)
  5. Sarah

    student: Miss/Sir Will you tell me off for something I didn’t do?
    teacher:Of course not
    student:Good because I didn’t do my homework. Ha!

    Reply (23) (2)
  6. Beth Pearce

    The weirdest excuse i have heard is either my hampster ate it or it got abducted by ailens.

    Reply (11) (3)
  7. Sabdulla

    thank you i love the excuses do you have a excuse for drama homework!? :(

    Reply (7) (2)
  8. faadi

    i woud=ldnt say the truth to my teacher shes strict all she says is detentoin

    Reply (7) (2)
    • mjhansford

      In those situations it’s best to just come clean about it. Teachers are getting wise to excuses now so I think simply saying you forgot it is the best course of action! :(

      Reply (10) (3)
  9. mehul ;)

    actually i was on a wedding so i was busy the whole day and had to attend functions at night u know indian weddings :D

    Reply (7) (4)
  10. fishy

    u could say my little sister put it in the bin but even if i have excuses i get punished but i get over it

    Reply (8) (3)
  11. levi

    once said hamster ate my home work and teacher belived me!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply (7) (2)
  12. Edgar Simango

    “Wow, ooh!!! I think i was absent when the homework was given out.

    Reply (9) (2)
    • mjhansford

      Classic excuse – until the teacher whips out the register that is…

      Reply (7) (2)
      • Georgia

        I agree that’s a good excuses on only some teacher just keep that in mind

        Reply (3) (1)
  13. David Vo

    That excuses are great ! But if u in Viet Nam that is not the best excuse because every teacher will be detention all week : to clean thee room every morning if you don’t want they will kick you out the skool & because you big fault to lie your teacher !!!!!

    Reply (4) (1)
  14. Caitlin

    I would say, after I finished it, I left it on the Kitchen table last night and my little brother drew all over it, it was too late to start it again, I was going to do it in the morning but I just didn’t have enough time.

    Reply (7) (1)
    • mjhansford

      That’l work at school, but not at something like university level. I recall someone using an excuse like that and the lecturer said ‘well, I want to see it…’

      Reply (5) (2)
  15. me the great homework escaper

    say that ur mother is coming to give u {actually she doesnt } then escape lol this wis very funny i did it coulpe of times never got caought

    Reply (6) (2)
  16. Charlie Ellis

    The best one that I have had and hasn’t ever not worked is; in the morning before the homework is set I quickly make a Word file with nothing on then save it as so it only works on mac, and then email it to the teacher or put it on a memory stick (this takes about a couple minuets). So then as the teacher will as I say “I have it” and show them my memory stick on the teachers computer, and the file will not open because it’ll only work on mac (not on Windows that the school have) and I can say “oh there must be something wrong with the schools system” and it doesn’t look bad on me, or if I email it to the teacher they’ll say they can’t open it and I will say its the schools systems fault. After I say ok i’ve done it so i’ll print it of tonight, as the teacher has believed that you have done the homework they’ll allow you an extra day to ‘print it of at home’ so this gives me an extra day to do homework. Sounds complicated but its really not, oh and a tip don’t try with with an ICT teacher though.

    Reply (16) (3)
    • Georgia

      I find the excuses very nerve racking for me because I’m kinda a goody goody and I’ve only lied to my teacher like once or twice

      Reply (3) (2)
  17. Lol

    The best excuse is I left my bag on a bench and it got stolen I’m going to the police station after school to get it, my homework was inside. I’m really sorry

    Reply (10) (1)
  18. alex

    None of them will work with my teachers trust me i just say my dad threw it in bin on accident or get my mum for write a note for me

    Reply (5) (1)
  19. Caitlin

    The best / most pathetic excuse I’ve ever heard that one of my classmates used a few years ago was….” You said do questions 1-10. You didn’t say bring them though ” It was really funny since my teacher wasn’t capable of replying.

    Reply (6) (2)
  20. I hate my teacher

    My excuse is I stayed up until 10:00 and (someone) told me to go to bed and look tired

    Reply (7) (1)
  21. James

    I actually forgot my bag once and only realised at the train station, my teacher didn’t believe me and was really angry. They always seem to be more angry when you actually did forget to bring it!

    Reply (7) (1)
  22. Stephen

    The way I do it (this only works if you are on a computer and if your school/college uses an emailing system) is I either send a document with a load of gibberish in it to the WRONG EMAIL ADRESS or I “accidentally” send them the wrong homework- (i tried this with physics homework, sending in geography homework in instead)

    Reply (6) (1)
  23. Ethan

    We were camping once and my dog did chew my work, three folders worth! I brought it in and was excused

    Reply (5) (0)
  24. Junay

    Get the whole class to pretend that the homework is due in on a later date. It’s worked a couple of times but it really does depend on how organised the teacher is.

    Reply (5) (0)
  25. dayton

    i go to morehall im in year 4 my best one is my cat ate it but that’s not funny so if you join that school just say my cat ate it.

    Reply (5) (1)
  26. Spencer

    I always go for “I forgot it at my house” or “I forgot it at school yesterday”!!

    Reply (3) (2)
  27. Anonymous1575

    What I use-
    1) Say that I forgot it in the car because we went to a restaurant with my family and I had to do it in the car.
    2) Ask the whole class to fake the due date. Works wonders =P
    3) Fake cry and tell your teacher that you are VERY sorry and that your parents will kill you if you get a zero and that you will do the best work of all if you can get it in tomorrow (you better do a good job in this case but it almost always works for me.)
    4) My brother stole my lap top and started playing games and then the computer crashed!
    5) My brother dropped my lap top (works great if your laptop is partially broken but that’s a one time thing)

    The fabulous excuse-
    (an old student of my teacher apparently used this excuse and he was excused for how fabulous it was) I was doing my homework in my Llama’s shed and I turned around to give it some hay. When I turned around the homework was in the Llama’s mouth! (what’s ironic is that he doesn’t own a Llama XD

    Reply (4) (1)
  28. wolf

    I think that the best one is, ” I spilt tea on it this Moring” or just cry say your tummy hurts get sent to the nurse and miss the lesson.

    Reply (0) (1)
  29. blake

    umm the one i use a lot is that i just say that either:

    1: i sent it to her on email but it musn’t have gone through

    2:’um i must have been at the bathroom when you handed it out’

    MAYBE if your teacher is really old and forgetful just say that you handed it in a few days before of you left it on his/her desk before school?

    Reply (0) (1)
  30. Neal Hardy

    My friend always comes up with the most ridiculous, and mean excuses. They normally involve his family and tragedies. Which of course, is a lie. But our teacher feels sorry for him anyway.

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