If you can't finish your homework, you may need to find an excuse to avoid being punished. There are a number of excuses that you can put forward that seem valid to justify a failure to complete a task. For example, you can put forward a technical fault or explain that you have a very busy schedule. When you find the excuse to move forward, you will now have to work on presenting it in a credible way. However, you need to be careful in the future. You must in fact avoid making a habit of lying. It makes you look bad. In the near future, make the effort to get your homework done on time.
Part 1 of 4: Choose a pretext
Step 1. Advance a technical problem
Blaming technology is one of the easiest and most credible excuses to make. For example, you can explain that your computer crashed, your printer crashed, the connection was slow, or report several other issues. Most people, including your teacher, have experienced setbacks due to technology issues once.
- This is a great excuse when you need to present a document to grab and print. It might work if you have a homework assignment online. You could claim that you completed the exercise and then the internet was cut off before you could save anything.
- It might be a bad idea to put forward printer failure as an excuse. Your teacher might ask you to email your work to them, which you won't be able to do if you haven't covered the exercise. Teachers might also explain to you that you should have printed the assignment at the local library instead of coming to class empty-handed.
Step 2. Use your family situation
You can use it to your advantage. What is the atmosphere currently prevailing in your family? Are there any exceptional events that could arise because of this situation?
- For example, if your parents are divorced, you may argue that you spent the night with your mother, but forgot your textbook with your father where you spent the weekend. Most teachers are sympathetic to children of divorced couples. Your teacher might feel sorry if you make this excuse.
- Do you have young brothers? You could explain that you had to take care of your little sister who became ill, which made it difficult for you to focus on your homework.
Step 3. Pretend you were sick
You can tell your teacher that you were in pain. Explain to her that you weren't able to complete chores, but that you didn't want to risk missing school on top of not getting homework done. He might take pity and even admire you for coming to class despite not being at your best …
- You can try running on the playground or in the halls before class. This can help you look feverish and seem to have a hot body. If you look sick, your teacher will be more likely to believe you.
- However, keep in mind that some teachers may request a note from your parents in the event of illness. If your teacher usually asks for a medical certificate, avoid using this excuse.
Step 4. Affirm that the assignment was very difficult
Say, for example, “I did not understand the duty. I really tried, but couldn't process it. Can I see you after class? The role of your teacher is to help you understand a given topic. He'll certainly appreciate your willingness to learn if you point out that you just didn't understand the job at hand. Your teacher is more likely to turn a blind eye to a late or unsuccessful assignment if you give them the impression that they are genuinely invested in your learning.
Step 5. Pretend you lost your homework
Show up to class looking panicked and tell your teacher that you can't find your homework in your binder or filing cabinet. If you appear panicked enough, he will be led to believe you. This might give you an extra day to finish the job.
- Avoid saying that you forgot your homework assignment. Your teacher might suggest that you phone your mom or dad and ask them to bring it to you to school, which will reveal your lie.
- Make an effort not to use this excuse more than once or twice per semester, otherwise your teacher may see you as a disorganized person and will be less sympathetic to you the next time you present an excuse.
Step 6. Blame it on your schedule
You can always tell you have a busy schedule. Pretend that you participate in extracurricular activities and have homework in other subjects as well. If you are a generally diligent learner, this excuse may work. Your teacher might be forgiving if he thinks you've genuinely been overwhelmed.
Avoid using this excuse if you are not busy. When you're used to being late for class and not engaged in a lot of extracurricular activities, your teacher might realize that you are lying
Step 7. Avoid playing dumb
You may be inclined to just play the fool. For example, you might claim to have completely forgotten that you have a home exercise, but this approach might backfire. Indeed, forgetting that one has a house duty is just as punishable as the fact of not dealing with it. It is very unlikely that your teacher will indulge you for this and you will certainly receive a 0.
Never lie that you were not present on the day the job was given. It only takes a glance at the log for your teacher to verify this excuse
Part 2 of 4: Presenting the excuse
Step 1. Take into account the teacher's personality
Before lying to her, consider the gender of her personality. This can influence how you should present your apology.
- If your teacher is particularly strict, be prepared to answer a lot of questions. A more rigorous teacher could unmask you by looking for loopholes in your pretext. For example, if you claim that you weren't able to complete your math exercise online because the connection was down at your home, he might ask you, "So why didn't you go to a cyber cafe?" to do it ? So prepare a ready-made answer. Try something like, “My mom was busy and there was no one to drop me off. "
- Do you know anything about your teacher's personal interests? This can help you determine which excuse might work with him. For example, you know that your chemistry teacher is the oldest in a family of 7 children. So he might be indulgent if you tell him that you couldn't do your homework because you had to take care of your younger brothers.
Step 2. Be brief and get straight to the point
The shorter your excuse, the easier it will be to remember. When making an excuse, try to keep the story short. If you start to give too much detail it might sound suspicious and the chances of you changing details of your own story are very high.
- Stick to only the important details. For example, you might be planning to say that your piano recital ended late and that's why you weren't able to finish your math homework. Don't go into too much detail. Just say something like, "Some student solos were too long, so we couldn't finish until 9:30 pm and I still had to drive 45 minutes home." »Do not say:« Francis G spent 25 minutes on his number, whereas he only had 10. Then, Elisabeth D was a little late before going on stage … »The longer your lie is, the harder it is to believe. Most people won't remember all of these details.
- If your teacher insists on more specifics, you can improvise as needed, but avoid overdoing it. For example, he might ask, "How long did the recital last?" Don't say, "It was supposed to be until 8:30 pm, but we didn't finish until 9:23 pm." Instead, reply loosely by saying, "I would say about 45 minutes." "
Step 3. Make up a plausible story
You need to deliver a believable story. For example, using the aforementioned scenario as an excuse might work wonders. However, you should only use it if you have actually participated in a piano recital. Although you may have lied about the unfolding, if your teacher checks the facts, they will find that at least most of your story is true. This means that your story is very likely to pass.
Step 4. Remember all the details
After revealing your pretext, write down a few details. This can be very useful, especially if you had to improvise while lying. Lies are often caught because stories change over time. If you make the effort to remember the details you gave, your story will stay consistent. This can make her more credible in the eyes of others.
Step 5. Pay attention to the physical signs
Many people have involuntary physical signs that indicate they are lying. You may stutter excessively, fidget, or avoid eye contact when lying. Try not to sound nervous when telling your story.
- Breathe deeply before entering the classroom so that you can stay calm.
- Make eye contact with your teacher most of the time.
- Pay attention to your gestures. Avoid getting agitated a lot.
Part 3 of 4: Thinking about the consequences
Step 1. Think about what will happen if you get caught
Before you come up with a bogus excuse, try to think about the consequences it can have. Review the school rules to find out the punishment incurred when a student deliberately lies to their teachers.
- Consult the program for this course. There could be an honesty section that discusses the consequences of lying to a teacher.
- You should also take a look at your school textbook, if you have a copy. See if there is a section that discusses the penalties for violating the school's integrity policy.
- The consequences may vary from teacher to teacher. In some cases, you might come away with a harsh scolding. However, some teachers may be required to report this kind of behavior to the principal and to your parents. It could get you into serious trouble both at home and at school.
Step 2. Think about the consequences of honesty
What will happen if you just tell your teacher that you forgot to cover the assignment? What are the penalties for a job delivered late during this course? What are those for work not done?
- It could depend on the assignment in question. It is possible that a job delivered late will not be accepted, but if it is only worth 10 points, is that really a problem? However, if the assignment in question is worth 15% of your overall grade, you may want to consider requesting an extension of time to deliver it.
- Talk to other students who have had this teacher in the past. Ask them how he reacts when a job is delivered late or not done at all. Some teachers might agree to take exercises delivered late, but with a deduction on the note. Others can be forgiving if it's your first time. In the event that this is indeed a first for you, you might benefit from simply confessing that you haven't dealt with the exercise.
Step 3. Compare the consequences
Once you have reviewed the consequences of being caught in a lie as well as the consequences of confessing wrong, compare them. This can help you determine if you should really take the risk of lying to your teacher.
- You can make a list of the pros and cons of each scenario. Note the pros and cons of each option. For example, you can write a sheet of paper (at the top): “Lie to my teacher” then form two columns, one for the advantages and the other for the disadvantages. In the first you might be able to write: “The assignment is worth a lot of points. Getting an extension of time could be beneficial for my overall grade. In the second, you can put this: "If Mrs. Jacqueline finds out that I am lying, she will report it to the principal and I will go to detention for a week." "
- Weigh the pros and cons. If in any case the pros outweigh the cons, this might be the best option for you.
Part 4 of 4: moving forward
Step 1. Prioritize your homework
You should avoid finding yourself in a situation where you still have to make up an excuse from scratch. If you make up excuses over and over again, your teacher is likely to unmask you. Make an effort to prioritize your home exercise to avoid this problem in the future.
- Do your exercises every day after class. Don't do anything else, like playing video games or having fun outdoors, until you've finished your work.
- Write down any homework you have to do. Be sure to grade an exercise after the teacher has mentioned it. This way you won't forget.
Step 2. Seek outside help
If you're trying to get a better schedule for your studies, get help. Tell your parents that you want to make homework a priority. Explain to your friends that you are trying to be a better student. Ask them if they would like to study with you or if they can avoid inviting you while you work.
If you usually have difficulty with homework and are unable to concentrate, this could be a symptom of Attention Deficit Disorder. Talk to your parents and ask them to give you tests to check this
Step 3. Avoid the habit of lying
You shouldn't get into the bad habit of lying to your teacher about home exercises. In a real emergency, your child might not believe you if you've lied to them in the past. Go forward. Try to get your homework done on time. If it happens that you can't finish a job, be honest. It will make you look better than if you make lying second nature.