10 Best Excuses for Not Doing Your Homework

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!

About Ananya

Biracial British-Indian graduate of History and Anthropology who relishes the social sciences, anthropology, history, colonial, post-colonial and subaltern studies, politics, gender studies and South Asian studies. Research interests: neoliberalism, structural violence, India, South Asia, transnationalism, nationalism, capitalism, social inequality, intersectional feminism, race, caste, religious nationalism, grass roots activism, mental health, gender, displacement, indigenous activism, colonial history of India, hindutva, religion. -- I also have a soft spot for dinosaurs, palaeontology, cats and baby birds.
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51 Responses to 10 Best Excuses for Not Doing Your Homework

  1. Mike Hansford says:

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

  2. sofiatanya says:

    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 🙂

  3. L Hunter says:

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

  4. emma says:

    just say the truth people it is`nt gonna kill u or will it heeehhahah

  5. Molly says:

    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= -_-

  6. Hi No. says:

    Lmfao these r the worst excuses ever

  7. abdullah altaleb says:

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

  8. Sarah says:

    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!

  9. Beth Pearce says:

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

  10. Faith says:

    Thanks guys you really helped -.-

  11. Sabdulla says:

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

  12. faadi says:

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

  13. antoinette says:

    I actually did forget what now

    • mjhansford says:

      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! 😦

  14. mehul ;) says:

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

  15. fishy says:

    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

  16. levi says:

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

  17. Edgar Simango says:

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

  18. David Vo says:

    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 !!!!!

  19. Caitlin says:

    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.

    • mjhansford says:

      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…’

  20. me the great homework escaper says:

    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

  21. Charlie Ellis says:

    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.

  22. ashley says:

    best homework exuses ever! my teacher is so strict

  23. jack says:

    homework due date: ill bring it tomorrow
    tomorrow: i handed it in yesterday

  24. Lol says:

    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

  25. Cassie says:

    Charlie Ellis comment is brillant

  26. alex says:

    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

  27. Caitlin says:

    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.

  28. I hate my teacher says:

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

  29. James says:

    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!

  30. Stephen says:

    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)

  31. Ethan says:

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

  32. Junay says:

    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.

  33. dayton says:

    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.

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  35. Alice says:

    You ASKED me to do it you didn’t TELL me to so I thought it was optional.

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  37. Grace says:

    Best just go im sure i put it in my bag maybe someone took it out

  38. JP says:

    hahaha these are great

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