I am a grad level student and I am completing my last course this semester. The professor is reducing our grade by 20%/day if we submit our assignment late. It is a lot. For example, my grade is 18/20 and he reduced it by 4 because I submitted it a day late. My total GPA is A+. It is a significant amount of grade that he is taking off. This will ruin my grade.
I understand that a late submission is not good. Having said that, I have always been trying my best to submit them on time. His assignments were more difficult than what he was teaching us during lectures and I always need to study extra books and material to solve problems.
I was thinking of sending an email and asking for him to waive the penalties. Especially now due to COVID it is somehow cruel to enforce these penalties.
What would be the best way to convince a professor to waive late submission penalties?
Reason for late submission: Due to my research internship, I have been working part-time in a company in another city (not the city that the university is located). So it was pretty hard for me to keep up with the deadline. Before COVID, I had to even commute in between cities to attend classes and that drained me.
Edited: I wrote this letter, please feel free to edit or add more details.
Dear zyx, I am writing regarding the late-submission penalties.
Due to my research internship and displacement, It was pretty hard for me to keep up with the deadlines.
During this time I had to commute in between cities and I had only slid to follow up the course and solve assignments that I can save them for submitting my assignments earlier.
Not accessing the in-person classes made me spend hours studying other references to solve my assignments.
So I was wondering if you could please waive late submission penalties?