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.

"The only schools that don't are Preschools"

My preschool gave out homework.

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2 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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3 Tests

The stress you already had from homework has been MULTIPLIED!

Way overdone - blackflower

Before test: happy and always comfortable 😊🌹🌹🌸🌼💐

After test: suddenly the world is on fire

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)

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

This is so annoying.
Basiclly I get to see a piece of paper in red ink in my teachers handwriting Telling me I suck at writing.

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 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

9 Projects

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

10 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 hate this - BreakFastBeast2005

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The Contenders

11 Review packets
12 Short answer
13 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

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.

Totally pointless, especially when you are like me and often don't do all that much. - Cyri

Especially annoying if someone went to Australia or something while all you did was play computer games - Pieclone

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14 Book reports

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

Actually kill me - Amaimon

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

Name: Some random Asian kid

When I grow up I'm going to be a doctor because my parents want me to do so. The end.

17 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

We had to read them THEN ANALYZE THEM!

I like these - Amaimon

18 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

19 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

Who has actually done one of these summer reading assignments? I’ve never done them 😂 - Amaimon

I hate these with a burning passion! Like seriously can you not leave me alone for 2 and a half months? Teachers assign this and then wonder why kids don’t like to read. Well for me it’s forcing books down my throat that turns me away from reading altogether! Look I like reading what I’m interested in! Not some 1600s or mythological stuff. And people wonder why kids don’t go outside as much anymore. - Randomator

20 Analyze the poem
21 Excel
22 What did you do over the summer break assignments


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

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!

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

24 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

25 Mythology

Greek mythology is cool and awesome. Others are boring.

26 I'm Thankful For______
27 Punishment sentences

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

28 Coloring pages

My high school special ed teacher did this.


29 Math drills

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

30 Algebra
31 Typing
32 Current events
33 Poster
34 Powerpoint

I like these - thunderclanrocks

I acall like making powerpoints - Chloe21

35 Seasonal stuff

Ex. holidays in elementary school

36 U.S. geography
37 Models
38 Journals
39 Write about an experience you had with_________
40 Reading comprehension
41 Layered work
42 KWL Charts

Ugh, we just did one today. - ShopkinsLover

43 Question of the day
44 Exit Tickets

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

45 Journal questions
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