Most Overused Types of Assignments Teachers Give Out in School


The Top Ten

1 Homework Homework

I'd rather have math homework than others because unlike most, this type of homework helps me not get a bad grade in a test. For me, they serve as practice for the content I'll be tested on. Other than that, all of my homework serves no purpose. - Kwaysar

Shouldn't even be used at all - christangrant

Fun fact, homework was used for punishment back then. So...I guess they decided to punish all kids.


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2 Tests

Gosh I hate tests waste your youth studying on a crappy topic you are gonna forget in a week. I hate tests so much, stress builds up especially when u get a bad grade. This is especially worst in high school when kids start to get jobs or do an extracurricular activity. Also the worst part about tests is when they are on Monday geez waste of a relaxing weekend just studying

The stress you already had from homework has been MULTIPLIED!

In class, you take notes, you go home and memorize the information, regurgitate it on the test and repeat - Jester_Spades

School should just be outlawed altogether - Jukeboxhero

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3 Warm ups

These are stupid as hell - christangrant

Warmups, I would like to crush with a crusher, roll with a sawblade, and then dump them in the Sun for them to "burn" forever. Get it, you cannot burn in space.



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4 Essays Essays

There is absolutely nothing worse than having to type 3-5 pages on a topic that you don't even care about. (unless it tells you to tell about an experience with or an opinion on something)

Even though I'm actually kinda good at most of these, I hate these only because they usually include a topic I don't care about, especially in English class. - Jasmine21064

In 9th grade, I had to write a 10 page book report... school sucked back then. Now they have computers... - KingSlayer93316

How about the fact you have to make like a 2 page essay over something that can be explained in a paragraph or two. - Stalin

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5 Math problems

This says a lot about our society

6 Crossword puzzles

Or basically what Teachers use when they run out of ideas - christangrant

I enjoy them as I usually do them at a faster rate than other students - Kwaysar

7 Word search puzzle

See Crossword Puzzles - christangrant

They stress me out - DumbWays2DieFan

We’re not in first grade...

8 Projects

The only projects I liked were the ones that involve the following:
1. Drawing (specifically on paper with pencils and coloring pencils)
2. Writing your own story from scratch (especially when I'm not given a specific prompt. And excluding poetry)
3. Basically any subject that really interests me (which, unfortunately, is rare...)
Any project not including these two usually bore/annoy me. - Jasmine21064

Projects should be tailored to a student's preferences as they can be fun if it suits that student. - Kwaysar

All projects do are overworking your kid.

In middle school, we had these stupid "dirt" projects. dirt stood for directed independent reading time. I always hated them. they're like book reports, but we make them into something like a quilt on giant paper. they still sucked. one was writing a quilt on a mystery book, one was about an ancient culture, one was about math and science, etc. I wished I could stick my middle finger up the throat of whoever invented them. - DumbWays2DieFan

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9 Poems

Even though I get perfect scores on poem analysis assignments, it's a waste of time because I'm not even interested in having a career in the literary department. Heck, I will be in Honors English on my freshman year so yeah... - Kwaysar

Poem analysis sucks just if the teacher only accepts his/her own opinion. Otherwise you can show your personality. - Alkadikce

I hate analyzing them. It's so hard!

I always hated writing them. Whenever I did, I would get an F. And analyzing them sucked! - KingSlayer93316

10 Review packets

The Contenders

11 Questions that are answered during a movie

Very annoying. You come into class and your teacher is like we are going to watch a movie today and the class cheers then when it is finished I will ask some questions and/or give you a worksheet to complete. How annoying Might as well do normally class work. Hate this.

I hate this! You think you are going to watch a movie and do nothing in class and bam! The teacher hands out worksheets. It's way worst if it's a pop quiz about the movie after its over. Because most of the time I don't pay attention in educational movies if I do not think I have to because they're boring. Doing an actual assignment is not as boring to me.I always miss a few because some of the questions they barely mention. Sometimes I don't hear what they said and it's not like the teachers is going to rewind the movie when one person didon't hear correctly. - Chloe21

Well... I'd rather answer questions based on a movie that'll actually help me at a particular subject. But at least the majority of the movies I watch at school with a questions worksheet are educational. - Kwaysar

I wish all documentaries and movies shown in schools have subtitles. I had to write notes down and answer questions and sometimes I couldn’t finish the assignment because the people/characters in the video talk too fast and have confusing pronunciation and I have no idea what they were saying!

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12 Short answer
13 Book reports

Refer to my comment on the projects section about dirt projects - DumbWays2DieFan

Actually kill me - Amaimon

14 What did you do over the [Insert Holiday Break Here] Assignments

Why do teachers need to know about our personal lives and why do they always give these assignments you don't learn anything from them, screw all types of these assignments. - christangrant

I personally don't get these assignments. The teacher instead just ask us about our break and only a few gets chosen to tell the whole class about what happened. I'm never one of those students, and I glad about that mainly because I personally don't believe that my class would even care about what I did even if something really cool happened, unless it's about my birthday. - Jasmine21064

My family is boring. We don't do a lot of stuff over the holidays. So when we have to write this, I basically have nothing to say because we didn't even do anything fun or interesting.

Also, these assignments seem pretty much pointless if you ask me. I mean, the teacher is basically forcing the whole class to tell him/her about their break in the form of writing. Whoever does this needs to stop with the assignments and instead just ask the whole class about it and choose a few of them. - Jasmine21064

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15 Study guide
16 What will you do when you grow up assignments

Why do you need to know? I don't know it could be several things I haven't decided. - christangrant

This gets more stressful as you get older because you have less time to decide - Randomator

I personally am fine with this. I have no problem telling my teacher(s) what I want to be when I grow up. - Jasmine21064

Become a policewoman or a criminologist. Headbang in my free time. What more do you need to know, Miss? - WheresMyGuitarPick

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17 Summer assignments (ex. Summer reading)

These do nothing good for us. All they do is ruin our summer break. The point of summer break is so we can take a break from all the work that way we can spend time with our families and friends or go on a holiday. Homework was bad enough but summer homework is way worse. Not to mention this also causes arguments. Dear teachers, leave our summer breaks alone. We had enough work at school and we want a break. All your doing is causing arguments and taking away our opportunity to have fun. - HoldenFanatic

At the end of the school year in 8th grade (when I was in it), we were given 3 books to read over the summer. Then, when we went to 9th grade, we had to write separate book reports for ALL 3 books, and it had to be 10 PARAGRAPHS with at least 20-25 sentences EACH!

Also, "Teacher decides to be cruel by giving kids Summer Reading over the summer to come back to write an essay about the book that they probably didn't read" cliche - KingSlayer93316

Ugh. I hate these assignments so much. The worst one, in my opinion, is Summer reading assignments because I'm usually forced to make an essay about a book/article I will most likely not care about and/or get bored from. The worst part is that, if I do terrible, my English grade will drop during the beginning of the year, though only by a little. - Jasmine21064

so anoying

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18 Excel
19 Analyze the poem
20 Short stories

These are fun, when you actually get to use your imagination. It's the only time I ever made a school assignment over ten pages long. We had four days to do it, so it wasn't all that good, but it was what got me into writing. - Cyri

I love these, especially when I'm not given a specific prompt, meaning that I can fully use my imagination. I also have tens of story ideas because of this. - Jasmine21064

This is... really fun actually. - Juni

I like these - Amaimon

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21 What did you do over the summer break assignments

Teacher: What did you do over the summer break?
Me: Two words. NUN'YA BUSINESS. - HelloWhyImHere2


See " What did you do over the [Insert Holiday Break Here] Assignments"

22 Science fair Science fair

I love science fairs because I get to explore different concepts and test them out. - Kwaysar

:O Wow! You guys are so lucky! - kittygirl2

23 Personal information

In special ed, they do this. They shouldn't even do this in the first place! Teachers don't need to know where their students live.

Also, if the worksheets fall in the wrong hands, it is very dangerous!

-every student in the school will know where the special ed students live and may come to rob their houses
-The other students may make threatening prank phone calls to the special ed kids' parents
-the other students may use the special ed kids' signatures to sign random things like papers, AKA identity theft


This kind of stuff is dangerous if it falls in the wrong hands, like oh I don't know, a kid that hates someone, who now knows where they live!

This shouldn't be happening in the first place. I just doesn't sound safe at all. - Jasmine21064

I got a prank call from a class mate after filling out one of these - thunderclanrocks

24 Mythology

Greek mythology is cool and awesome. Others are boring.

I love mythology! - Jasmine21064

@Juni-yes I have. I just like Greek mythology more.

25 Reading Reading

I got way to much reading that gets in the way of my memory work, which also we have a lot of!

26 Pop quiz Pop quiz

They shouldn't do this because everybody should at leat know a nights advance so they can study. Even the brightest student can improve their grades by studying. - Chloe21

Jeez, pop quizzes are too much for my grades - Jester_Spades

27 I'm Thankful For______

The fact that this assignment is now over. - Juni

28 Punishment sentences

I remember my dad forcing me to do this just because I told a lie. It was obvious that it didn't work because, even thought I don't lie as much as I did years ago, I still lie to this day. - Jasmine21064

I though this was used by parents (not mine), not teachers. - Alkadikce

@Alkadikce-my 6th/7th grade math teacher made the whole class did this once.

Ex. write "I will not go to the bathroom during class" 200+ times

29 Exit Tickets

When you have to answer a question to an assignment before the teacher allows you to be dismissed

This is one of the main reasons why my English and World History grades are barely as good as I want them to be. - Jasmine21064

30 Venn diagrams

Depends...if you love maths like I do, then you will enjoy doing them.

31 Response to literature

The teacher gives us way to many and he decides if your point make sense or if "yo gave to little information". Is 2 paragraphs on one question too little for you?!

What does (insert any random object in story here) symbolize?

32 Coloring pages

My high school special ed teacher did this.


33 Math drills

AKA the worksheets with 100 math problems that you have to do in a minute. Very common in elementary school

34 Algebra
35 Typing
36 Current events
37 Poster
38 Powerpoint

I like these - thunderclanrocks

I acall like making powerpoints - Chloe21

39 Seasonal stuff

Ex. holidays in elementary school

40 U.S. geography
41 Models
42 Journals
43 Write about an experience you had with_________
44 Reading comprehension
45 Layered work
46 KWL Charts

Ugh, we just did one today. - ShopkinsLover

47 Question of the day
48 Journal questions
49 Four Square Charts
50 Workbooks
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