Oh, the sheer hell of the assignment deadline… How much I don't miss you! I guess many of you are on the same page. Thinking back on the careless student years, nothing ruins the memories as much, but you know, it was part of that blessed and very cursed uni package.

But students out there weren’t born yesterday. They’ve been there, done that, taken one class, dropped another. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise hearing how many ingenious methods, smart tactics, and elaborate ways were implemented in uni (and school) corridors to buy yourself some extra time, that were totally unbeknownst to teachers and professors. Other creative methods were invented in order to submit an assignment that doesn’t even exist, so the list is endless.

So when Twitter user Mike Chase shared a vivid memory of handing in a paper 2 weeks late, putting a footprint on it and slipping it under the teacher’s desk, the savage bell rang to many former (and current) students out there. Below we collected some of the most savage examples, so get ready to chuckle big time! And if you have a similar story, be sure to share it in the comment section below.

Image credits: TheMikeChase

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kjorn
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7 months ago

*magic*

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Sum Guy
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7 months ago

Basically, you became an author

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Annamagelic
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7 months ago

I think it works once. If you are usually a reliable student you get the benefit of the doubt. If you always have an excuse for why your work isn't done the teacher will catch on.

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It’s no secret that many kids and teens often find themselves unable to complete tasks on time, whether it be by a certain time of day or by a date on the calendar. There seem to be as many reasons for that to happen as there are excuses for it, and as you’ve seen from this post, the list is basically endless. So in order to try walking in teachers' shoes who deal with this kind of behavior on a daily basis, we spoke with Lynn How, an educator and the author of “Positive Young Minds” who specializes in supporting parents, teachers, and children navigating through mental health issues and prevention. Lynn has been a primary teacher for 20 years, so she has a lot of experience to share with us.

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kjorn
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7 months ago

this is just nice from the teacher

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T. D. Bostick
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7 months ago

But he showed his work on the actual banana.

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Kira Okah
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7 months ago

Teachers have cottoned on to this and some submission systems now change all the font to black on submissions.

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When asked how teachers deal with students trying to hand in their homework assignments late, Lynn said that it largely depends on the school's individual policy. “However,” she added, “better late than never should still apply here!” Lynn said that she would rather a student ask for an extension and give a reason rather than just being late or not handing it in at all.

While there are many reasons why students don't hand their assignments in, some kids may try to 'outsmart' a teacher. However, Lynn said that “their grades will suffer ultimately so they are really just damaging their own education. In this situation, finding the reason behind the behavior is best.”

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Ethan Lang
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7 months ago

Gotta do what you gotta do to survive..

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7 months ago

whaat

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Sum Guy
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7 months ago

That's a clever trick

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The educator explained that “some students have difficult home lives and assignments might not be as high on their agenda in comparison to just getting through the day. In all these situations, getting parents onside is useful as well as putting in place some sort of mentor until the student is back on track.”

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Loty
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7 months ago

Believe it or not this happens in corporate world all the time. Companies deliver unusable things knowing full well that it will take time for the features to get fully tested and by that time they will have actual solutions.

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william mcgloin
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7 months ago

Not buying it.

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7 months ago

love it! I did the some thing once just with the first one

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“I have taught children who have difficult home lives and provided them with opportunities to complete assignments in their lunchtimes or free time at school should they wish,” Lynn recounted. She said that ultimately, “If the barriers can be removed, then the issue can be reduced. You still get the odd 'the dog ate my homework' excuse (less so since a lot of it is online learning!).”

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alex mitchell
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7 months ago

Nice

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ZAPanda
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7 months ago

I did this to my aunt once to annoy her.

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just me
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7 months ago

We had to do a PowerPoint presentation, some time to with in class, finish it at home. I was having some motivation issue that year and didn't have PowerPoint at home. I took the floppy I'd started at school, crinkled the dusk so it got shut in the metal slide, then acted amazed when I couldn't open my presentation. I got to give my presentation/facts with someone's sides from another period. Don't feel bad because we couldn't afford PowerPoint, especially for one assignment.

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Lynn also said that once she needed to explain to her daughter's school that she did it, but the computer managed to wipe it, which is easily done. “Getting all the information from the student before making an assumption about their tardiness is important, especially when they don't have an on-board parent to advocate for them,” she concluded.

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alex mitchell
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7 months ago

Intruder alert!

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Kindlovinghumble
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7 months ago

Dang, I never had teachers like this. If the teacher couldn't find the assignment they'd always claim it wasn't their misplacing, it was the students who didn't turn it in then would give a zero.

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Kiki
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7 months ago

Would not have worked in my uni! Teachers would say that you had to be prepared to hand it over during this specific class, that it was your job to plan it in advance and that waiting 'till the d-day to print it was a risk you chose to take so now own up to it. And honestly I agree, it's annoying when people don't give a **** and then ask for understanding; like that's both childish and disrespectful! (of course I understand that there are moments when you do have a good reason for missing a deadline and I think teachers should take it into consideration but that's different)

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ZAPanda
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7 months ago

anyone who can reasonably fake a computer error to get past me will pass.

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Sawyer Kidder
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7 months ago

Teachers fault

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shuka shuka
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7 months ago

Easy enough now to see if a file has been changed. Had a student submit a digital "doctor's note" with the date changed and I could prove she'd changed the date easily and she got expelled.

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chuck.dont.surf
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7 months ago

Why wouldn't the teacher insist that you write legibly? In high school?

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Nora12
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7 months ago

I have done this in the working world.

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Carol Emory
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7 months ago

Our Biology prof in College had us write summaries to the chapters and turn them in for credit (10 points each.) After about 4 chapters, she complained that the class summaries made it obvious that people were not reading the chapters and finding the important points. She then pointed everyone in my direction as I'd gotten 10 points on all of my summaries. Thanks a lot! I wasn't about to tell anyone that I just skimmed through the chapter and wasn't really reading it myself.

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Micah
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7 months ago

We would sometimes skip one class to do work for another.

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ZAPanda
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7 months ago

and that actually worked??

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ZAPanda
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7 months ago (edited)

still works in office environments as well. BUT you have to send the mail at close of business so they only read your mail and complain about the missing attachment the next day.

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Lori Hansen
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7 months ago

I thought about doing that many times in both high school and University, but I could never find an appropriate topic for a paper that would justify reassignment into classes. I don't see why it would be plagiarism though!

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Robert T
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7 months ago

"My inkwell isn't connecting. I'm sending a pigeon now."

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william mcgloin
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7 months ago

This needs a bit more explanation...

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