Has it happened to you? You have been a studious person all semester long, when suddenly you realize that you missed an assignment. Before you run outside and tear out your hair, let’s take a look at how you should handle this.
First, look at the syllabus. Does your professor have a policy regarding missed assignments or turning things in late? What is it? Do not ask for an exception this ONE time because it has been my experience that a student who does this is merely setting me up to turn everything in late because, after all, I accepted an earlier assignment late without penalty, right? Nope.
Next, email the professor, explaining that you understand the policy that he or she has, that you appreciate the opportunity to turn the assignment in late (but with a penalty), and that this was an oversight, not a case of your blowing off the assignment. Assure the professor that you are working on the document and that you will turn it in as soon as possible.
What have you done by doing all of the above? You have assured the professor that you are not blaming someone else for your mistake, you are accepting responsibility for your own education, and you are informing the professor that the assignment will be turned in soon. This is a good thing.
Finally, complete the assignment to the best of your ability and without panicked emails to the professor asking for an explanation of the assignment. Panic does amazing things to your ability to read. It destroys it and makes the simplest of instructions seem daunting. Breathe, folks. take a good look at what you should have done and calmly begin doing it.
Have you ever missed and assignment during your college days? How did you handle it?