Enable Last-Minute Changes To Homework With Dropbox

Enable Last-Minute Changes To Homework With Dropbox

It’s obviously best to complete homework, contest submissions and anything else with a deadline on time, but life doesn’t always allow for that. Redditor lowbrassman2000 realised that when you need to make alterations after the fact, you should send a Dropbox link rather than the file itself.

As he explains:

Dropbox sends a link to the file on the server. The file can be altered or updated and the link is still the same. This allows for last minute changes and edits, assuming your professor hasn’t saved a local copy of the file. 😉

While he is referring to homework assignments, the trick works just as well with anything you have to submit. If you need to buy yourself a little more time, use Dropbox.

College Tip – Send assignments as a DropBox link. This gives you a chance for any last minute changes. [Reddit]


  • It doesn’t have to be for Dropbox, a link is a link is a link and sending one is NOT the same as sending a file.

    Personally if a deadline was serious for some reason and someone sent a link, I wouldconsider them to have not entered a submission as requested. It’s an obvious play for more time.

  • I once got the same effect with the old ‘corrupted file’ trick.

    I had an assignment due at Uni that has somehow totally escaped my attention and had to be uploaded to the Uni submission box that evening (no paper copy needed).

    So I saved a word file with the appropriate name, then opened the file in notepad. I then deleted half the characters and saved it. If you then tried to open the Word file it gave an error as it was corrupted.

    I submitted the corrupted file then spent the next few days doing the assignment. About a week later, the tutor sent me an email asking for another copy of my assignment as her’s was corrupted.

    And that’s how I didn’t lose any marks 🙂

    • In my course at uni most lecturers regarded a corrupted file the same as not submitting the assignment.

      However 1 awesome lecturer (in a programming course that had no essays) only wanted to see our programs operate to grade. She didn’t care about what the code looked like (and “proper coding techniques” such as comments, etc.) – and 1 program of mine that almost worked but didn’t quite, I didn’t demonstrate that bit, and she didn’t ask to see it – so got 100%

  • awww sneaky! It depends on the Assessor. If the Assessor cares about the time it is submitted or cares that it is ready for them when they come time to assess it, if they even realise. If it is the case that the assessor cares more about the time it was submitted, he can just go by the time that he downloaded it to his local computer.

  • My lecturer requests an MD5 hash of submitted assignments at the time of submission. If the assignment document is corrupt, he will request another copy, and then he will generate an MD5 hash of the new file, and compare it with the MD5 hash of the original submission. If the hash of the two files don’t mach, you incur a late submission penalty. It’s virtually fool-proof, but then again I’d expect that from lecturers teaching computer security!

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