Homework isn't the funniest thing to do. But it is a necessity that does have some impact on your grades, however, so if you want (or need to) be good in class, doing your homework is important. What if you forget one of them? You have a few options. The first, and the best, is to remember. But if it isn't, there are a few steps you can take to get yourself out of this little hassle of duty.
Method 1 of 3: Make the right decision
Step 1. Tell the truth
In most cases, being honest and up front is the best thing to do. It shows that you take responsibility and respect your teacher enough by telling him the truth, without telling him a fuss.
- Explain why you did not do your homework. Maybe you forgot, got home late, fell asleep, etc. Do not minimize your reasons, but be able to remain discreet. If you haven't done your homework because you've been partying all night, keep it simple (for example: "I got home very late" rather than saying "I was too busy running a beer stand").
- Excuse you. After giving your reasons, sincerely apologize. Remember this step, because it will impact how your teacher is or not inclined to help you.
- Say it won't happen again and make sure it does. Tell your teacher that it was exceptional and that you will be careful that it does not happen again. And, this is paramount, make it happen. If forgetting to do your homework becomes a habit, your teacher will no longer believe you on the one hand and will no longer accept your apologies on the other.
- Ask for a deadline to finish your assignment. The best option in this case is for your teacher to give you extra time to finish your assignment without penalizing you. Most likely, your teacher will allow you to turn in your homework later with partial credit. Don't be ungrateful about the decision to drop a few points, or it might be the last time your teacher comes up with something like this.
Step 2. Explain that you have tried, but you did not understand the instruction
This excuse allows you to say that at least you tried to do your homework and not having finished or completed it is explained.
Ask your teacher to help you figure out the assignment and give you another chance. This allows you both to have individual help with the assignment, as well as extra time to complete it
Step 3. Be creative
If all else fails and you have to make up a story, make it a good one.
- If your story is creative and fun, your teacher may be flexible just because you haven't given them the same traditional, boring excuses they hear over and over.
- For example, say your parents went out the night before leaving you with a family member, psychic, who burned all your homework because he saw the future. In his vision, your cat was tearing up your homework and you would have breathed too much atmospheric papers and died of suffocation.
Method 2 of 3: Avoid bad excuses
Step 1. Don't be too sure of yourself
To have a little leeway, do not insult your teacher's intelligence. You are not the first to forget an assignment and try to find an excuse. Your teacher has probably heard an incredible number of excuses since teaching, so don't try to make up the story first. It won't get you anywhere.
- It must be obvious, but don't try “the dog ate my homework”. You might as well not find any excuses at all.
- Don't say "I lost them" unless you have something concrete to explain under what circumstances it happened. Just to say that you accidentally lost your homework is pretty borderline as an excuse.
Step 2. Don't blame the technology
To say that your printer or your computer did not work is an excuse that is no longer valid. Between the various backup possibilities and the printers available here and there, blaming technology for having mysteriously made your homework disappear is no excuse.
- Rather than blaming the printer or your computer, explain that you had a problem while printing, before going to class, and that you will email them at the end of the day. So you have the benefit of the doubt.
- Just make sure to send it at the end of the day, preferably around 5 p.m.
Step 3. Don't plead ignorance
Saying you didn't know you had to return it by then won't work, for three good reasons.
- First, it is your responsibility to know what to do and by when. To say you didn't know is to admit it's your fault.
- Second, from the teacher's point of view, all of the other students were successful in doing their homework, so it's not as difficult as you want it to be.
- Finally, the excuse of ignorance cannot work, because even when you are away, your teacher expects you to find out what you missed. If you don't, your teacher will see it as your fault.
Method 3 of 3: Avoid this kind of situation
Step 1. Get organized
Relying on excuses for not doing your homework isn't a good long-term plan. If you find that you forget to do your homework too frequently, you need to organize yourself.
- Start by writing down each assignment and the due date.
- Make sure you write homework assignments in one place so you don't forget anything and you don't have to desperately search in unlikely places for the ones you wrote down. A daily calendar, dedicated to homework or an electronic calendar app can be good options.
Step 2. Have a homework schedule
Know when your homework is due and set up a schedule to help you get it done by the date indicated.
- When you have a homework assignment, estimate how long it will take you to complete it and schedule the time accordingly.
- If this is a homework assignment that will take you days or weeks, schedule as much work time as needed to complete your homework in the time given to you.
Step 3. Do your homework regularly
Schedule regular working hours each evening. Preferably do it at the same time, so that it fits into a routine.
- Don't procrastinate about your homework. Don't play video games, avoid Messenger and Facebook until you've finished what you need to do.
- Do the hardest part first. By getting rid of the longest or most complicated first, you are making better use of your time.
Step 4. Take some free time or two to do your homework
If you're stuck and can't finish your homework due to lack of time or too much stress, use some free time to help you carry out a bigger workload.
If you have hours of study, hours of free time, a few minutes between two lessons, 10 to 15 minutes on the bus home, etc. Use these times to do and finish your homework. You would probably prefer to talk with your friends or be on the phone, but if you want your homework done, take all the free time you have
Step 5. Ask for help
If you get stuck or find yourself stuck because you don't understand the instructions, get help.
- Start by asking your teacher. Explain your difficulties and ask for their help. That's what the teachers are there for. If they are reluctant to help you, remind them that they are there for you. They are the best help they can be since they are the ones who do and assess the homework and getting help from within is often invaluable.
- Get help from a classmate. If your teacher cannot provide you with all the help you need, go see and ask for help from a classmate who has understood the instructions. If you're not sure who to turn to, ask your teacher for someone.
- Take a tutor. Many schools offer tutoring services which can be of significant help. Ask your teacher or administration where you can find this type of help. If that's not possible, consider hiring someone to help you. You will find a choice of professionals, but also students.
Step 6. Avoid all distractions
Whether you like it or not, studying requires concentration. Failure to do homework is often the result of outside distractions.
- Even if you think you're multitasking, doing your homework by texting, going on Facebook, and tweeting how much you hate doing them won't help you move forward.
- While multitasking is a plus for some activities, it isn't when it comes to studying. By doing several things at the same time, your mind is not focused (on trigonometry for example) and is thinking of something else (texting your boyfriend about the weekend projects). The end result is that you are not doing anything right.
- Find yourself somewhere where distractions are minimal. The more focused you are, the better you will work and the faster you will be done. Cut off all sources of distraction (cell phone, Facebook alerts, etc.).
- If you are distracted by your thoughts or something else you might like to do, keep a piece of paper close to you on which you can write whatever is on your mind. Don't dwell on the topic, just write them down so you can come back to them later.
- Set small goals for yourself and reward yourself when you achieve them. For example, plan to work 15-20 minutes straight and treat yourself to a small reward when you get there.