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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!





97 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.

    Reply (512) (184)
      • olivia

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

        Reply (212) (75)
    • 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

      Reply (233) (62)
    • clara

      I once told my teacher that I accidently took my little sister’s homework and so she must have mine. The teacher bought it and I got a extra 2 days!
      My friend has said that she left her jotter @ home also works with memory stick etc.
      Just to remember to use different teachers

      Reply (108) (31)
    • hello der

      The one i use is that i forgot it, then when you next have that lesson say ‘Oh I put it on your desk’, only works if the teacher has a particulary messy desk though or a desk in another room

      Reply (55) (33)
    • Orion

      My best one is: I gave it to you when the teacher says huh? or no you act suprised and say yes i did! and then the teacher says but i dont remember that you say i do then they usually let u off the hook

      Reply (56) (47)
  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!
    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 (145) (54)
    • Jesse

      My best is, I’ll bring it tomorrow…
      Next day, “My parents dragged me into the city for dinner and we didn’t get home till 1:00.
      It works all the time…
      Only if you live near the city but not in the city.

      Reply (92) (33)
  3. L Hunter

    The best one I ever received was: My Mom still has it! I told her to hurry up.

    Reply (157) (46)
  4. 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 (298) (30)
  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 (238) (37)
  6. Beth Pearce

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

    Reply (106) (47)
  7. Sabdulla

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

    Reply (59) (30)
    • A Procrastinator

      Depends on the teacher. I’m best friends with my drama teacher and she gives out the shortest detentions (5 minutes, never any longer, even if you didn’t do a more important piece of homework, such as an essay) and doesn’t really mind if you haven’t done your homework but she stills wants it by next week (we only have one drama lesson per week).

      So, it really depends on the teacher. I always do the drama homework because the teacher is so funny and I’m her favourite student so I want her to be proud of me ^^

      Also, my school uses ipads mostly for the drama work but we still use our books a lot and the drama teacher hates using ipads for work because the students always mess around.

      So, just sort it out with the teacher. Honesty isn’t always the best policy though in later life -3-

      Reply (9) (11)
  8. faadi

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

    Reply (55) (20)
    • 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 (75) (34)
  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 😀

    Reply (72) (31)
  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 (53) (18)
  11. levi

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

    Reply (84) (27)
  12. Edgar Simango

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

    Reply (47) (37)
    • mjhansford

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

      Reply (64) (21)
      • Georgia

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

        Reply (39) (23)
  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 (36) (18)
  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 (47) (10)
    • 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 (44) (18)
  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 (46) (19)
  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 (225) (23)
    • 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 (44) (38)
  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 (46) (15)
  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 (31) (10)
  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 (65) (13)
    • Athenaa

      Say how you have a tutor coming over to your house and you are going to do your homework with him and you will bring it the next day.

      Reply (23) (14)
  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 (36) (17)
  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 (51) (6)
  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 (36) (7)
  23. Ethan

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

    Reply (43) (5)
  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 (60) (11)
  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 (35) (11)
    • Ahmed Mukhred

      The best one I’ve heard is you told us to do our homework but you did not tell us to bring it in

      Reply (31) (7)
  26. Spencer

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

    Reply (26) (7)
  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 (65) (8)
  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 (32) (9)
  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 (26) (8)
  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.

    Reply (32) (11)
  31. Meejlovespink2

    I think one of the best excuses is to say you accidentally forgot it on the bus or something like that, other option is to always take acting class and make urself look super dissapointed in urself…. ( always worked for me) anyways good luck 🙂

    Reply (38) (6)
  32. Lily Cooperman

    what always works is I had practice and twisted my ankle so I was icing it and couldn’t do it

    Reply (19) (6)
  33. Lily rose

    Once I didnt do my homework for dt. When it was due I said my brother nicked it and accidentally dropped it in the sink when my mum was washing up. I even bought in a wet ball of paper to prove it but if you use that exuse make sure its really soaked so the teacher cant unscrew it and see its blank

    Reply (37) (3)
  34. Jack

    I once said that my bag fell over and everything fell out, I must have not picked it up and it got blew away, i got another week to do it as it was supposed to be a big load of work :3

    Reply (38) (4)
  35. Chloe young

    Best one I heard today in Math was

    I was taking my goldfish for a walk sir

    Omg lol

    Reply (53) (17)
  36. jasmine jackson

    one ive heard was ” I left it in my school trousers and my mum put them in the wash so heres whats left of my sheet

    Reply (41) (6)
  37. Benedick

    If you use exercise books to complete your homework and you have two books of the same colour for different lessons (in our school our English and Science books are literally the same colour) just tell your teacher that you brought in the wrong book and show it to them as proof. Either that or just hand in your book and if they tell you that they didn’t see any homework in there just tell them that you did it on lined paper and it must have fallen out (this actually worked for me). 🙂

    Reply (47) (5)
  38. megan

    The best excuse I’ve heard is when I was taking my puppy out for a walk I had my school bag with me and my homework flew out of my bag and when i wasn’t looking my puppy grabbed ahold of it and tore it to pieces when I finally saw him with a piece of paper in his mouth I took it off of him and only realised that it was my homework when I opened it up I was so devastated

    Reply (28) (6)
  39. Ariell

    the best homework excuse is to tell you teacher that you went to vacation forgot every pieces of homework that was assigned because you were having so much fun when you went to vacation and all you did was just party and play care about nothing related to school

    Reply (19) (6)
  40. Radname

    I think the best excuse is “There was a funeral yesterday and i didn’t have time to do it”
    it works tbh

    Reply (19) (10)
  41. Mystery

    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 (21) (6)
    • Tom Lamb

      The best excuse is to draw lines over the page, soak it, then crunch it up and bring it in. Tell your teacher that you did it outside then it started raining/tell them that you left it in you trouser poket over the weekend/don’t crunch it up, leave it in your bag and say you bottle leaked XD

      Reply (19) (4)
  42. Peggy

    I come up with something like
    -Really bad migraine
    -Tutor canceled last minute and you can have it in by tomorrow
    -Car accident
    -Water bottle spilled all over your bag
    -Your mom had baby
    -Visit someone in hospital

    Reply (7) (4)
  43. Joe

    The made up file name always works. Just send them it in an email and attach a made up file ( for example essay.psfx) It sounds pretty real but when they go to open it the computer will not have the right program to open it! Works a charm

    Reply (4) (5)
  44. Kan

    I always say that left it in my locker overnight and forgot to take it home, always works. Someone in my class once said that it got washed up in a tsunami, this was actually true as they were in Thailand when the Boxing Day tsunami happened.

    Reply (2) (3)
  45. A Procrastinator

    I remember in primary school that a boy, in the class, Tom, had his maths homework ruined by his rabbit because it peed on his homework, he even brought his book in to provide proof.

    Also, the teacher would let you off for not doing your homework if you had a good record for always doing your homework. But that’s not a lot of teachers, and let me tell you, secondary school / highschool do not prepare you for anything in college. They act and teach as if college is a worse place than Hell but then you get to college and it’s just like, “I’ll just go in my pajamas” and the teachers are like, “Same” and just. . . sigh. College is a chill place, mate.

    All in all, don’t stress too much about homework, if it’s really effecting you and is starting to bring down your mood or even worse, like for me, your mental state, please talk to your teachers about how you are struggling with the amount of homework. Schools always have counselors ^^ Some schools, like mine, even have a psychiatrist for select students that are having issues, out of school, such as family issues, and have them do activities and such.

    Don’t fret about not doing your homework if you seriously couldn’t do it due to illness, etc but don’t make up lies because you’re too lazy, that’s not getting you anywhere.

    Reply (5) (5)
  46. StudentThatsSmart

    Hi I have a really good excuse because at my school we have a construction site going on and we can’t get anything from there since its locked up tight. So I’d just say that I accidentally got bumped when I was carrying my books and so the sheet flew out of the book into the construction site and when I got to the office the sheet got blown away by the wind.

    Reply (4) (5)
  47. excuses queen

    hahahaha I love these excuses my favourite one is that i sent it on my mac but the teachers have apples #creditstocharlie

    Reply (4) (3)
  48. thatthing

    look, if your really desperate, write a note from your mum saying my child was busy doing… and then take the opportunity to sign it yourself.

    Reply (7) (3)


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