Earlier this month, TikTok user @offbrandrew shared a clever (but unethical!!!) hack to help students cheat on their homework assignments — and it's now gone massively viral, amassing nearly 2 million views and half a million likes so far.
"If you have an assignment that you know you're not gonna be able to finish before the deadline, name [the document] what you would, type random stuff in a Google Doc," he says.
He then instructs viewers to save the document to their computer, and upload it to a website that intentionally corrupts the file.
"Download the corrupted version of the file," he explains. "And then open it. Whoever tries to open it is gonna get this message. And even if they try to open it, it's not gonna work."
@Offbrandrew then tells viewers to send this corrupted version of the document to teachers. They won't be able to open the file, and if all goes according to plan, they'll just ask you to resend it without negatively impacting your grade.
"Turn in this version. Now you'll have more time to work on your assignment."
In a caption, @offbrandrew adds that this hack works best if you upload your homework to a submission site instead of emailing it, since it will likely take your teacher longer to notice the glitch.
Now, for the record, this is cheating and you should not do it!!! But many in the comments are impressed with the trick:
People think it's pretty darn clever:
And some are worried that the secret's gonna get out now:
A few chimed in with their own tips for anyone bold enough to attempt this maneuver:
Although, as some pointed out, there's a chance your professor already knows about this:
And many commenters raised the EXCELLENT POINT that you should probably just do your homework when you're supposed to instead of trolling TikTok for hacks on how to cheat:
So kids, don't try this at home — but if you want to watch the full TikTok JUST FOR FUN, check it out below. And then go do your damn homework.