Consider for a moment what you might pay for a paper day planner. A simple notebook could run you just a couple of bucks, but all you’ll get for your money is lined paper, with no organizational amenities printed on the pages to help you out. No, you’ll likely shell out anywhere from $10-20 (or more) for a comprehensive planner that will help to keep your classes and assignments organized. For the student on a budget that’s a pricy spend, and you still may not get all the functionality you need to stay on top of your many projects and deadlines. Luckily, there’s an app for that. Well, there are actually a lot of them out there that claim to be the best, but iStudiez Pro may just be the most useful app out there for harried students like yourself.
First, you’ll be glad to hear that this app won’t cost you a ton of money: the download will run you just under a buck at the moment (although it’s normally $2.99 for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch). And for this modest spend you’ll find a lot of functionality to love. The basic setup and navigation is pretty simple, with buttons that will take you to your schedule for today, your monthly calendar, your assignments (both current and upcoming), and of course, your planner (where you can add, view, edit, complete, and delete items from your schedule). So you have all the same features as a regular daily planner, but in an easy-to-use format that fits in the palm of your hand at far less expense. Sounds good? It gets better.
You will start by entering your class schedule, which will populate on your calendar. You can use the classic scheduling option (for classes that are the same from one week to the next) or enter an A/B type schedule and you can color code classes or class types (science, language, extracurricular, etc.) for easy reference. However, the program also allows for the addition of course information, including particulars pertaining to your professor such as office hours and contact info (just for example), so that you never again have to go searching through a stack of papers to find a mangled syllabus with your teacher’s email address.
Next you’ll want to enter assignments, and the organizational options here are fantastic, as well. You can not only set assigned homework and tests to show up on your calendar; you can also set reminder alerts and you can opt to view listings by due date, priority level, class, or even pending versus completed assignments. And once you have received a grade for a completed task you can enter it to track your grade for a specific course as well as your overall GPA. You can also back up your data by sending it to your email with one easy click so that you never lose your information once you have entered it. In short, this organizational tool has a lot to offer students that are perennially disorganized (like every student in existence). So whether you’re trying to earn a bachelor’s degree in business or you’re looking at mass communication masters programs, you can likely benefit from this handy app. And now is the time to download it at a discount.
Thanks to Evan Fischer for this guest post. He is a freelance writer and part-time student at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.