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How can I convince my professor to give me a one day extension on a paper due tomorrow?

Asked by zarnold (685 points ) June 11th, 2008

I have a paper due tomorrow which I probably won’t be able to finish in time. My finals just ended yesterday, and this is the first real opportunity I’ve had to work on it, which means I probably should have applied for an extension about 2 weeks ago.

If anyone could get an extension this late, it probably would be me (I prepare for/go to class, contribute, did well on my last paper, etc.), and nowhere in the syllabus does she refer to paper extensions not being allowed, or having to apply for them early.

I suppose I could do an all-nighter, but I have to get up early (and I’ve done two this week so far), so if anyone could help me with this I’d be really really grateful (and I’ll probably write a much better paper after a good night’s sleep).

Thanks so much!

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9 Answers

jcs007's avatar

The truth.

But I’d still do the all nighter, just because I don’t know how close you are to the professor.

gailcalled's avatar

Here’s a very good statement. “and I’ll probably write a much better paper after a good night’s sleep).”

ezraglenn's avatar

I would just tell the truth.
What is the penalty for a late paper if you don’t get an extension?
For your health, I would say the benefits outweigh the cost of perhaps a lower grade, in this instance. Ouch! Three all-nighters!

and of course, let us know what happens.

row4food's avatar

The worst thing I ever did was pull an all-nighter. I did it just once. The next day I went to class and explained my situation. (A lot of stress, personal things…) Being completely honest is the way to go. It would have been better had I gone to the professor earlier, but she was totally understanding (and even helped convince me that I was having a crisis and to tell all my other teachers too! :-p ).

She gave me what turned out to be a 2 week extension (spring break was in between). I still got a lower grade than if it was on time, but it was better than what I would have turned in after the all-nighter. Good luck.

Notreallyhere's avatar

If “my dog ate my homework” doesn’t work , try the truth. It has worked for me a lot of times

babygalll's avatar

1) Why are you fluthering?? You should be working on the paper!
2) If you pull an all nighter you will get it done and not worry about it tomorrow night.
3) It wouldn’t hurt to ask. The worst he can say is no.

Good Luck.

iCeskate's avatar

say you’ve been overwhelmed

zarnold's avatar

Hey guys, I just heard back from my professor. She said I could email it a day later, no penalty. I’m really glad I took everyone’s advice and just went for it! Thanks everyone

babygalll's avatar

Awesome! Take my advice. Stop fluthering and go work on it!

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