You're in the middle of an assignment and not getting it. You've tried everything: asking your boss for help, reading the textbook repeatedly, and Googling the topic. What next? Should you give up or keep trying? If you want to understand this material and get it done on time, try asking for extra help from someone more familiar with it.

How do you politely ask for help?

  • Be polite. It is important to be polite when asking for help, especially if you have never asked this person for anything. Say “please” and “thank you” to show your appreciation and respect for their time and efforts in helping you.
  • Be clear. When asking someone to help with an assignment, ensure they understand exactly what they are asked to do. This means being precise with your wording and ensuring there are no misunderstandings between you.
  • Be specific about what kind of assistance or advice is needed and what exactly it is that you need help with for them to be able to assist effectively (i.e., do not just say, “I need some work done on my essay”).

Should you accept help?

The answer is yes. It's okay to ask for help. The fact that you feel like you're too good for it doesn't mean anything because no one is better than anyone else, and everyone deserves respect. You should accept help because it will make your life easier; people are more willing to help when they know that you need it, and in exchange for the favour, those same people will be more likely to give you a hand with something down the road. If nothing else, accepting help shows maturity on your part; this makes other people trust in your abilities as a professional and gives them confidence in hiring or recommending you as an employee or contractor on future projects.

Ask for help with assignments from others (either through friends or professional tutors) every time something seems too difficult at first glance. Still, there's no way around doing anyways (like a paper), then eventually, those same skills will become second nature over time! Overcoming obstacles such as these shows resilience: You've proven yourself worthy of being called an adult!

Ask for suggestions.

Asking for help is a good idea. Many people will be happy to help you and can offer guidance on completing the assignment. This will allow you to learn about different methods of completing an assignment that might not have occurred to you otherwise.

You should know that asking for assistance does not guarantee that it will be given freely or at no cost. Many students do not have the money necessary to pay someone else to complete an assignment, so they must rely on friends or family members who are willing or able enough to themselves but may not wish (or have time) to provide such services gratis. Ask the research prospect to help with literature review examples if you are writing a paper.

Ask for an appointment.

There are several ways you can phrase your request for an appointment. You should ensure that whatever method you choose shows that you respect the other person and are prepared to meet with them.

  • "I would like to speak to you about my assignment." This is a straightforward way of putting it, but it might be too blunt or informal for some people's tastes.
  • "I'm sorry if this is out of line, but could I take up some of your time?" This approach shows that you understand how busy people are and implies that you're respectful toward them by prefacing the request with "sorry." It also allows the other person to decline before they've agreed to anything.
  • "Are there any open slots in your schedule today? I'd love it if we could get together over coffee/tea/whatever so I can ask some questions about my paper." This one opens with a polite statement asking whether there's an opening at all—not whether there's time available right now—and then sets up an invitation for later discussion (over "coffee").

Tell them what you need and how you feel.

Keep it short and sweet; just tell them how you feel and what you need.

  • Be polite, but don't be afraid to ask for help.
  • Be specific about what you need help with.
  • Be specific about the kind of help you are looking for.
  • Give a deadline for when you need the help (i.e., "I have an assignment due tomorrow at 3 PM.").
  • Be specific about why you need the help (i.e., "My professor is not answering my email questions about this assignment, so I'm not sure how to proceed.").


In conclusion, please remember that there are no rules when asking for help. The most important thing is to be respectful of others and their time. If you need extra guidance on how best to reach out to a colleague or friend, we’ve created a handy list that should help get your message across without any unnecessary fuss.