Prefacing your request for an extension #1 - due to illness:
'I forged a doctor's note in another class.'
Asking for an extension #2 - due to chronic lateness:
'Can I hand the second essay in late so that I have more time to finish the first essay?'
Asking for an extension #3 - due to ???:
'I need a good mark because I can't petition the grade. I have too many petitions already.'
Bargaining for a better participation grade #1:
'But I talk to you after class all the time'
(All of these after-class discussions related to late papers, not the content of the course. And yes, sadly, they did happen 'all the time'.)
Bargaining for a better participation grade #2:
'But I took really good notes.'
(The student also kindly offered to email them to me.)
Asking for study tips:
'I didn't have the chance to read any of the readings, yet. Do you have any advice for how I should study for the test?'
(Nine weeks into the course, no less.)