The Best Excuses For Not Doing Homework

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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Swarms of kids line the beaches soaking up the last few rays of the summer sun; parents seem to be in a good mood for once, and the checkout lines at Wal-Mart rival the lines at Olympic sporting events. This can only mean one thing – school is almost in session. Getting back into the swing of things is hard to do, so I’m giving you a free pass. If for some reason you get behind on your homework (which we all know would never happen, right?), I give you permission to use one of these 25 creative excuses for not turning in your homework. Your dog will thank you for not blaming him yet again. Happy learning!

I thought it was a letter and accidentally mailed it to my Grandma Maude overseas.

Aliens took it as a sample of human handwriting.

Buffalo Bill from “The Silence of the Lambs” mistook it for a piece of human flesh and stole it to add to his collection.

I let somebody copy it and they never gave it back.

Doctor Who needed my help to save the human race and a dalek exterminated it just before I re-entered the TARDIS.


It spontaneously combusted and vaporized.

The FBI confiscated it because they claimed it was vital evidence.

I was pet-sitting Mike Tyson’s tiger and it escaped from my bathroom and ate my homework.

I gave it to a homeless man to help him insulate his cardboard box.

Kanye West ripped it up because he thought Beyonce’s homework was better.

Katie Holmes mistook it for one of her divorce papers and signed a hole right through it.

My little sister wanted to prove she could shoot an arrow as well as Katniss Everdeen and decided to use my homework as the target.

My pen ran out of ink so I decided to go buy another one. I got lost on the way back and was eventually taken home by a tourist who fortunately had a map. When I tried the pen though, it was a dud and I couldn’t go buy another one or I would probably never get home.

I found the assignment to be uninspiring, so I read a book about the life of Mother Teresa instead.

I got mugged on the way home.

We ran out of toilet paper last night…

My friend made a paper airplane out of it and it landed on the roof.

I went to London on vacation and the Queen threatened to cut off my head if I didn’t give her my homework.

My dad ripped it to shreds when Mitt Romney announced his vice presidential running mate.

I got soap in my eyes and went blind until just now.

I have a solar-powered calculator and it was cloudy.

I didn’t want to add to my teacher’s heavy workload.

Terrorists kidnapped me and they just let me go, so I didn’t have time to do it.

Usain Bolt sprinted past me, causing a sudden gust of wind that propelled the assignment from my hand.

V thought it was so well written, he decided to use it as propaganda for his revolution.

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