101 Excuses For Not Doing Homework Consequences

Most of the students detest doing homework. Some students find it time-consuming, other might complain about the busy schedule, while there are also students who find homework a boring task. But if you have not completed your homework, you need to be well prepared with an excuse because whenever you are given any task, your teacher might ask you to submit it the next day or at a specified date.

If you fail to submit your work and don’t have a convincing explanation; you are sure to be punished. So, to be saved from punishment; you need to provide a good Excuses for not doing homework. But using the same excuse again and again can be risky since your teacher will have a doubt you. So, I have listed 12 excuses that can work well when you miss your homework. If you have already applied one, go for the second.

This list provides a number of options that can fit your sack.

1. I forgot to bring my notebook

forgot to bring my notebook

This is one of the most common and genuine excuse that you can use. If it’s the first time you missed your homework, this trick of defence work very well. In a hurry, most of the students normally forget some of their notebooks. Hence, teachers can easily trust this reason for yours. But again, remember that don’t give this justification time and again. Because it is illogical that every time when you are assigned task, you tend to forget your notebook.

2. I couldn’t complete the work because I wasn’t feeling well

not feeling well

If you have already made the above excuse once or twice, go for this one. Any diseases, infections or problems never come with an invitation and teachers to understand this well. So, if you tell that you fail to complete your work because you were sick, they will surely not punish you. Most importantly, even teachers know that students frequently face health issues, so your reason will be satisfactory for your teacher.

3. I tried doing the homework, but I failed to understand the topic

failed to understand the topic

This reason depends on the homework that you are given. If you are assigned task that is not explained properly in the class or if you are provided with the topic for writing, just like an essay that is quite difficult; you can undoubtedly apply this reason. You can tell your teacher that you tried researching the topic, but you failed to understand the core meaning of it. So, the teacher will automatically stand up to clear your concept or explain you the topic of your work. But again, remember that don’t give this reason if any topic is explained to you clearly in the class or if the topic of your written work is already explained to you in details.

4. My little brother tore my notebook

My little brother tore my notebook

If you have younger brother or sister of age 5-10 years old, you can give this excuse for not doing homework. Yes, many times we complete our work but fail to pack up things. Thus, they remain scattered on our bed or table. Moreover, if we have little brother or sister, it is quite predictable that they pick our notebook and play with it, not knowing how important it can be. So, if you give this reason, your teacher might rebuke you for being careless but ultimately you will be saved from getting punishment for your incomplete work.

5. I was absent that day

I was absent that day

If your teacher hardly notices the number of students present in the class or if they hardly care to look at the attendance register; you can apply this reason for missing your homework. If you tell them that you were absent on the day when homework was assigned; they will grant you some more time to complete your homework.

6. I bought my notebook, but I’m not finding it anywhere now

Not finding it anywhere now

This reason displays that you have completed your homework and bought in the class, but somehow it got misplaced and you are not able to find it. So, in the class of 20-40 students, teachers will hardly have time to ask every student to check their bags and look for your notebook (which means someone might have mistakenly kept your notebook assuming that it belongs to them). Yes, most probably your teacher might tell you that “fine, search it and submit it to me tomorrow”’. This way you can have some more time to complete your work.

7. My PC or laptop didn’t work last night

Laptop didn’t work last night

This excuse again depends on the homework that you are given. If your homework requires the use of computer or laptop; you can give this reason. You can just say that “I have completed half of my task, but unfortunately my laptop automatically shut down and it was too late to find any repair shop open”. This reason will reflect the problem of your laptop and your teacher will not raise an eyebrow at you.

8. My friend borrowed my homework but he didn’t turn up today to give it back to me

borrowed my homework

Make up an imaginary friend, who need your completed homework as a reference of the topic that he failed to understand. So, you can tell your teacher that your friend didn’t understand the topic, so he borrowed your homework and promised to return back before the school time. But unfortunately, he didn’t turn up. Present it in a way that you tried helping your friend. Your teacher might get angry at you but ultimately they will consider your excuse for not doing homework.

9. I didn’t find the prescribed page number in my course book

Not find the prescribed page number

Before giving this reason, you need to take a little risk of tearing the page from your book for which the homework is assigned. Tear the page in a way that it looks like the pages are missing from your book. So, if you are giving this reason; don’t forget to take your course book along with you. Your teacher might ask you to handover that book in order to check the questions. So, if they really find the pages missing; that is surely not your mistake and you can be saved from the punishment for missing your homework.

10. I was in a hurry, so I mistakenly left my notebook in my mom’s car, and now she’s in the office

mistakenly left my notebook in my mom’s car

This can instead be a good excuse for not doing homework. Many times, we tend to forget things in a hurry. So, just tell that you were carrying your notebook since it was already time for your class but you mistakenly left it in your mother’s car and since they have reached the office, you cannot ask them to bring it back to you.

11. My neighbor disturbed me a lot, so I failed to focus

what is your problem

This can be the last excuse that you can use for missing your homework. When you had applied all other reasons earlier; and you are left with no other excuse; you can tell your teacher that your neighbor came at your place and distracted you a lot. Hence, you failed to concentrate on your task.

12. State the truth

State the truth

We all know that we cannot make reasons always for not completing the task. If you make a number of excuses time and again, you will surely be caught. Sometimes it’s ok to give a reason but escaping homework every time is certainly not a good habit. So, at least give a try, and if you fail, give the true reason for it. This will build a trust and probably your teacher might appreciate you for your sincerity.

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“Wait just a second,” you say as you read this title. “My students don’t hate me.”

Granted, not all students hate teachers, and you just might be that one in a million that they all love. It’s more likely, though, that you’re not and at least some students really do hate you.

I know this because my students hated me for many years. Some loathed me and begged their counselor to move them out of my class.

Why? Mainly because I was a bad teacher, but that’s pretty vague. To put a finer point on it, I and my class were not fun, but there are many layers to this onion, and you should tune in, because there’s a fair chance that some of your students hate you, too, and you may not even realize it.

13 reasons students hate teachers

1 — Teachers are boring. They preach standards and testing and expectations. Students see no value in this.

2 — Teachers are strict. I used to think being strict meant running a tight ship and offering the “kind of structure these kids need.” I was wrong. If you doubt this, read Alfie Kohn, Jessica Lahey, Stephen Krashen, and a host of others, who have studied best practices for decades and suggest that strictness isn’t conducive to successful teaching and learning.

3 — Teachers yell. A brilliant principal I know once said that the culture of his school started changing when he and his staff stopped yelling at kids.

4 — Teachers are secretive. “That’s personal,” I used to say when kids asked anything about my life. If you’re secretive, it looks like you are hiding something, and students hate that.

5 — Teachers have too many rules. Kids face plenty of rules in their lives. They want a little freedom. Let them chew gum or wear their hats, for crying out loud. Who does it hurt?

6 — Teachers assign too much homework.If students don’t have choice about out of class assignments and receive a string of zeroes for missing work, then the activities are useless. Traditional homework does not improve learning, and the consequences of not doing it only make students hate teachers.

7 — Teachers give “pop” quizzes. Tests, in general, say very little about learning, and a surprise quiz is nothing more than a way for teachers to punish and exercise control. Again, I know, because I used the “pop” quiz and told students and parents that I would give lots of them, as a way to make students do homework. How did this go over? You guessed it; kids hated me. A lot of parents did, too.

8 — Teachers take mobile devices from students. I don’t care if the student handbook says devices are banned. Just because your leaders are blind doesn’t mean you have to walk into walls. This is the age of mobile learning. Embrace it.

9 — Teachers are sarcastic. Sure, I used sarcasm; it was a go-to tool for far too long. It wasn’t cool. It wasn’t funny. Kids hated it, and they hated me for using it. Sarcasm is thoughtless and childish–not outstanding teacher qualities.

10 — Teachers use grades as weapons. Ever give points for participation? Ever deduct points for poor behavior? Ever give a zero for missing assignments? I’m guilty of all three. The practice was a disservice to my students and one more reason for them to hate me.

11 — Teachers make threats. “If you don’t stop, I’m calling your mom” was one of my staple if-then threats for disruptive students. I rarely called (I didn’t really want to), and nothing was accomplished. Kids hated me, and their behavior didn’t change.

12 — Teachers use work books and worksheets. Bad practice adds up to disengaged students, who hate you and your class.

13 — Teachers appear to dislike kids. Of course, this is almost never true, but if you rarely appear to enjoy being around kids, they will leap to the conclusion that you dislike them.

At this point, honest teachers, who want what’s best for kids, will likely check this list and wonder which reasons apply to them. This self-evaluation is, of course, a good thing.

As previously mentioned, students hated me for many years. It took far too long for me to realize that kids are more than empty minds that teachers must fill with information.

Our students are people. They have feelings, and they have needs. Oh, and most of them are shortsighted and immature; it’s part of being a kid. So, they are inclined to think the worst of teachers.

They want to be engaged, to be liked, to feel welcomed, and they need someone they can trust.

Before you fill their brains with math, science, reading and writing, show them that you care–that you do actually like kids. Speak softly. Look them in the eyes. Ask questions. Be their friend, before you are their teacher.

Do these remarkably simple things, and students won’t hate you.

They may never love you, but they will respect you, care about you, and many will run through a wall for you. If they’re willing to do this, imagine how much they’ll want to learn from you.

Now, you can teach them.


About The Author


Mark Barnes is the Founder of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series -- books and other series that provide right-now solutions for teachers and learners. Mark is the author or publisher of dozens of books, including Bestseller Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 150,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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