How to Get Away With Stuff at School

Three Methods:Being PreparedForming a PlanImproving Your Odds

Oh, school: there is so much to do, and so many teachers watching to make sure you don’t do them. Skipping school, cutting class, cheating, trying to communicate with your friend in the middle of a lesson … the list goes on and on. So how do you not get caught? Unfortunately, there is no one plan that will work in every single school (or even with every single teacher in your school). But no matter what you intend to do, the most important thing is to come up with a solid plan. Knowing your school and teachers, thinking about every possible scenario, and being smart about how you go about it will definitely help you to pull it off.

Method 1
Being Prepared

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    Always think things out beforehand. Think of yourself as a master criminal, like an art thief. Do the best art thieves just decide on the spot to grab a painting off the wall and run for it? No! They plan every detail well in advance. So do the same and know exactly what you are going to do before you do it.[1]
    • Acting rashly leaves you wide open and exposed. You don’t know who is watching or who will be coming around the next corner.
    • Every now and then you might get away with something that you did purely on impulse. Consider yourself lucky.
    • Don’t assume that everything will work out exactly the same way twice just because you got away with it once.
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    Know your environment.[2] Learn the layout of your school. Don’t limit yourself to just the basics, like where the cafeteria or library is. Note every nook and cranny, too, like that spot under the stairs in A-wing’s stairwell, which hardly anyone passes because the fire exit there faces the woods instead of the parking lot. Have a perfect working knowledge of where to find the best place to get away with stuff unobserved.
    • Find out where each exit is. Also note whether the doors have alarms that will ring when opened.
    • Check for blind spots. Scan the ceilings and upper walls for cameras and mirrors. Make a mental note of any spots hidden from view.
    • Note which halls are patrolled by hall monitors and how frequently.
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    Know your enemy.[3] Study your teachers and other staff. Learn their habits and schedules. Get a sense of how strict and observant they are in general. Note if they tend to get more upset over very specific infractions (like cheating) while letting other bad behavior slide (like being five minutes late). These are the people you need to sneak around, so plan your actions around them.
    • Pay attention to how your teachers act in class. Do they walk up and down the aisles a lot? Do they stick to the blackboard in front? Do they mostly sit at the desk or do they remain standing with a better view of the class before them?
    • Use bathroom breaks to note which teachers monitor which halls. Do they spend that time grading papers with their noses glued to the page? Or do they actively walk the halls, on the lookout?
    • If you have to sign in for the bathroom, note which teachers are assigned to which bathrooms. Learn which bathrooms are assigned to teachers of the opposite gender, so they are less likely to enter while you’re in there.
    • Don’t forget the other adults who work there! Pay attention to the maintenance people, cafeteria staff, grounds crew, and office workers, too.
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    Maintain cover.[4] Be a good student! Remember: you want to get away with stuff, not be known as the “bad kid.” Earn the trust of your teachers and the other staff. Convince them that your consistent good behavior is never going to change. This way they are less likely to notice when it does!
    • Having straight A’s can help you look like a good student, but grades aren’t everything. Whether you ace tests without even trying or struggle to earn okay grades, remember that your behavior is most important.
    • Impress your teachers as someone who is really invested in their schoolwork and takes it seriously, even if school isn’t your strong point.
    • Turn assignments in on time. Take notes in class. Participate in discussions. Get to class before the bell. Ask for help from your teachers if you’re having trouble.

Method 2
Forming a Plan

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    Prepare for the worst. Whatever it is you intend to do, assume you will get caught. Improve your chances of succeeding by knowing each and every way that you could possibly fail. Brainstorm every single way this might happen. For instance:[5]
    • If you plan on skipping school, the school may call your parents to let them know you are absent. Also, you may need to turn in a doctor’s or parent’s note the next day. Plus, any neighbors who stay home during the day may notice you doing the same.
    • If you’re cutting class, your escape to the parking lot might be in full view of classroom and office windows. If you do get away, you might bump into teachers or other staff who left campus for lunch break. In the meantime, your teacher that period might check the school’s absentee roll.
    • If you need to cheat on a test, your teacher may spend the whole time walking up and down the aisles. They may also instruct you to put all of your belongings in your bookbag. And even though your fellow classmates may want to help, they may not be the slickest folks around.
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    Deal with every scenario. Start sketching out different plans that address each way you could possibly get caught. You may not find one that addresses them all, but try for it, anyway. Decide on which plan is the most foolproof. Don’t discard the others, though. Keep them as backup plans in case Plan A falls through.[6]
    • If you’re skipping school, consider these different actions: asking your parents directly for a mental health day; faking an illness; calling the attendance office in the morning and posing as your parent before the school calls them; putting a show on for the neighbors by leaving for school and then running back home as if you’re sick.[7][8][9]
    • When cutting class, think about: only skipping classes during lunch periods when kids are allowed to leave campus; avoiding businesses and other public spaces; risking a write-up for being late to homeroom so you end up on the absentee roll.
    • To cheat on a test, consider: using items that you are allowed (like tissues, beverage labels, or even your pen) to write or hide cheat sheets; writing answers on your skin and using clothes to hide them; training beforehand to read cheat sheets quickly while the teacher’s back is briefly turned; training with your friends so everyone is comfortable.[10]
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    Prepare for the worst again. Now that you have a few different plans, go back over each one. For each step, imagine that you are caught at that moment. Come up with as many excuses as possible to satisfy the adult. Protect yourself with a ready-made out that will keep you out of trouble (or at least in less trouble than you would be if they knew what you were really up to.)[11]
    • For instance, if you are caught outside of class or the building, say that you forgot your homework for that period in your locker or car.
    • Remember to plant evidence to back your story up! For example, leave your homework behind on purpose to show you were telling the “truth.”
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    Review your plans yet again! Leave as little to chance as possible. Go over your plans with a finetooth comb. Make sure that you aren’t forgetting anything. Try to think of any details, no matter how small or random, that might trip you up.[12] Remember, your teachers can hit or miss, but you can’t miss, not even once! Think about things like:
    • Whether any special events (like assemblies or book fairs) are scheduled that day, which might disrupt the school’s normal flow.
    • Any student-teachers, special speakers, principals or other higher-ups, or any other new people who might be observing your class soon.
    • If a change in weather might spoil your plans (like, say, a sudden rainstorm soaking you wet when you cut class to hang out behind the football field).[13]

Method 3
Improving Your Odds

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    Keep it to yourself.[14] Remember that the first step in getting caught is sharing your secret. Even if you have come up with the most brilliant sure-fire plan ever, put your pride aside and seal those lips. Avoid the risk of someone else spoiling your fun with their own loose lips. This goes for both before and after.
    • Telling someone else about what you’re going to do might inspire them to do the same. Trouble is, they might not have thought things out as much as you. Then, when they get caught, the adults know what to look for.
    • Bragging about it afterward is just as bad. Remember: gossip travels fast, and you could get busted. And even if the school can’t prove what you did, they now know to keep their eye on you in the future.
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    Include as few people as possible. Whatever you’re doing, if you can do it by yourself, then do it by yourself. Don’t run the risk of someone else getting caught and spilling the beans. Even if you trust them to not tattle, keep in mind that they still might brag to other kids about what you got away with. If you have to make it a team effort, then:[15]
    • Keep your numbers small. Only include your most trusted friends. Swear them to secrecy so no one outside your circle knows what you’re up to.
    • Keep your best tricks to yourself. Let’s say that hidey-hole at the back of your locker is key to your plan. But does anyone else need to know it’s there? Probably not.
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    Pick the right time. Just because you have a near-perfect plan, don’t put it into action willy-nilly. Keep in mind that even the best laid plans can fail. Understand that there is ALWAYS a chance of being caught, even if you pulled this off once before. With that in mind, ask yourself whether the risk is worth taking today or if your plan would be better saved for another time. For example:[16]
    • If you’re skipping school or cutting class, consider what’s being taught that day. Can you afford to miss this lesson, or will skipping it put you behind?
    • If you have a substitute teacher, does that improve your chances? Or does this unknown person make your plans less certain?
    • If you’re about to cheat on a test, ask yourself how badly you need this grade. Would it be smarter to settle for a C today and save your master plan for when you really, really need a better grade?
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    Be slick. One of the best ways to avoid getting caught is to look like you aren’t doing anything wrong, so don’t act guilty![17] Imagine yourself as an adult who is watching you. Check yourself for any little thing that might call attention to yourself or give away what you are doing. Change your behavior, appearance, or gear as needed.
    • Walk at a relaxed pace, like you own the place, with your chin up and your eyes straight ahead. Avoid slouching or rushing, which shows that you have something to hide.[18]
    • Take nice, deep breathes in through your nose and out through your mouth to stay relaxed.[19]
    • Come up with innocent-looking signals to communicate, like curling your hair in your finger or raising your chin and scratching your neck.[20]
    • Use your pen or pencil to tap messages back and forth, like three quick taps followed by two slow taps to ask for help with question 32 on your test.
    • Use doodles as a written code to hide your cheat sheet’s meaning. For example, with “2 + 2 = 4,” use triangles for “2,” a square for “4,” a circle for “+,” and a slash for “=.”
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    Lay the groundwork for your cover and excuses. If getting away with your stunt means changing anything major in your appearance or behavior, don’t wait until the last minute. Ease into it instead. Remember that you want to come across as acting normal, so if you need to act differently in order to succeed, let everyone get used to your new "normal" before putting your plan into action.[21]
    • If you know you’re going to skip the next school day, start acting a little sluggish and under the weather the day before.[22]
    • If you plan on cutting class later on in the day, maybe use the early morning to make a lot of emergency runs to the bathroom so it seems less odd if you don’t show up for class later.
    • If you intend to use tissues or a beverage label as a cheat sheet, start bringing them to class each day, not just the day of the test.
    • If you use doodles as code for cheat sheets, make a habit of always doodling in your notebooks and on your book covers, so it just looks like something you do to pass the time.

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