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In this week’s installment of EduTech, we’re going to break down the best apps on iOS stay organized, keep track of assignments, and more. Some of these apps are specifically made with education in mind, while others were developed with a broader focus yet still offer benefits to educators and students alike.
This is arguably one of the best applications of technology in education. Keeping track of things like assignments, due dates, and tests used to be a tedious task that required the use of a physical planner to truly stay on top of things. With iOS, however, there are many apps that make it easy to stay on top of your work. Read on for my full list…
The Homework App
One of the most popular scheduling apps on iOS is simply called “The Homework App.” Available for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, this app features a minimalistic design that offers support for your class schedule, homework schedule, and more.
On the main screen of the app, you see a broad overview of what you have going on, including the number of classes you have that day, the assignments you have due, your schedule, and more. From there, you can dive deeper into the specifics of what you have going on with sub details for assignments, color coding, and more.
The Homework App also offers a widget in Notification Center, as well as an Apple Watch app for on-the-go tracking. There’s also notification support to ensure you never forget a due date.
The Homework App is free on the App Store.
myHomework Student Planner
This app, while still simplistic, offers a few more customization options than The Homework App. On the home screen of the app is a basic overview of all of the homework you have due, while you can filter it by class, priority, and type.
One thing that sets myHomework apart is its support for classes that occur every other day, like in a college environment. While The Homework App does support this, you have to set up each day individually as opposed to telling the app the alternation schedule. myHomework, however, allows you to choose which days a class occurs rather than assuming it occurs every week day.
myHomework Student Planner offers iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch support. It’s available for free on the App Store.
Returning to the simplicity over features theme, Class Timetable is an incredibly simple app that allows you to keep track of classes and assignments. The home screen of this app is a simple list of your classes for that day, while a separate Tasks window shows your assignments and when they are do.
Class Timetable is color coded and supports a color coded week view when you rotate your device to landscape view.
While Class Timetable is free, there’s a “Pro” update available via in-app purchase for $0.99. With that upgrade, you get class notifications, timetable export, task reminders, and more.
Class Timetable is available on the App Store and supports iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
My Study Life
My personal favorite planning app is My Study Life. In my testing, I’ve found this one to be the most feature-rich apps available, while also offering a simplistic and easy to navigate design.
One of my favorite features is the “Tomorrow” preview at the bottom of the app’s home screen. This preview shows how many classes you have on the next day, the tasks you have due, and if you have any exams. My Study Life is also smart about handling exam and class interferences, alerting you of the conflict and allowing you to add revision tasks.
You can view your upcoming tasks and classes with month and week views, as well as detailed daily views with building numbers, times, and more.
My Study Life is available on the App Store for free, but there’s no iPad or Apple Watch app at this point.
While this app wasn’t developed with education specifically in mind, it’s still one of the best planning apps available. Available on both iOS and macOS, Fantastical is a beautiful calendar app with cross-platform syncing, Apple Watch support, and iMessage integration.
We’ve covered Fantastical extensively in the past and I continue to recommend it. You can import from other calendar services, sync between your various devices, and much more.
As for education-specific purposes, you can enter assignment due dates, exam dates, meetings, and more.
Fantastical 2 is available for $2.99 on iOS and $49.99 on macOS.
Another app that wasn’t developed with education specifically in mind, but yet still is one of the best apps for assignment tracking and remembering test dates. OmniFocus is task management app that allows you to enter in a task, assign a due date, and receive notification reminders to complete that task.
The app centers around being easy to use and allowing you to get things done as efficiently as possible. For each day, you’ll see a number that represents the number of tasks that you have due that day.
The app is also location-aware, meaning you can assign a location to specific task and be reminded of it when you approach that location.
OmniFocus is available for iOS, Apple Watch, and iPad on the App Store, while there’s also a macOS app.
Other to-do apps
To-do apps are a great way to remember tasks you have to complete. While OmniFocus is my personal favorite, there are a variety of other options, some of which are free, available on the App Store.
For education, to-do apps are relatively simple and work best for remembering assignments and exam dates rather than class meeting times. For many students, however, assignment and date tracking is the central need.
Below are some additional recommendations for to-do list applications:
Those are just some of the apps that make it incredibly easy to keep track of assignments, classes, tests, and more. Everyone has their own methodology for tracking such dates and it’s really up to you to find the best app that fits your needs.
If you have any additional recommendations for organizing your school work and schedule, let us know down in the comments.
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Seriously awesome. From the concept, to the implementation- every details has been well thought of. A solid app that actually delivers.AnonymousWindows 8
This app keeps me organized and I love it. I particularly like how it gives me reminders and how it integrates with my schedule.AndreaWindows Phone
A very good app, with all of the features needed for a good planner! Recommended for anyone at secondary and above! You can enter tests, assignments and homework. Very well made!AnonymousWindows 8
Ever since I began using this app, I've become much more organized and on schedule with everything that I need to do. I would highly recommend this app to any student and especially college students.AnonymousWindows 8
If you hate flipping through all your syllabuses to look when assignments or exams are then this is your app.AnonymousWindows 8
I used to be very disorganized. Always missing assignments, forgetting about tests, and almost always forgetting where my classes are. This app has helped me stay on track with exams and assignments.Jayce ComlyGoogle Play
The app is easy to use and its made my life a lot more organised. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who struggles to keep up with deadlines.AnonymousWindows 8
Easy to use. HUGE potential. I highly recommend this for any student who finds it difficult organising assignments and find time keeping a problem.Totally TheatreGoogle Play
Great! I love My Study Life!! It is the most helpful app for students!!Hannah KingGoogle Play
A long time coming... But well worth the wait. Love this app and can't wait for school to start so I can start using it!Yonatan WeissiOS App Store
Really functional app, great layout and covers the essentials in planning for academic success. Glad I found this, it's really convenient!BigDog1248iOS App Store
This app has lots of useful features that normal calendars don't. This helps me organizing tasks and I feel I get much more things done with this app.高橋渉Google Play
Brilliant 2nd year of uni and wondering how I ever planned anything before this app... It may have just saved my life :DAnonymousWindows Phone
You can really depend on this app, store your college to do, time tables and other information. It manages it well and reminds you of tasks due. Great stuff.Jakub NiemiecGoogle Play
I cannot express how fulfilling it is to see a capable app in the Store to do everything this app does. You can program in a schedule and the devs actually KNOW how schools work, not just guess.AnonymousWindows 8
You need to invest a little time to set it up but it is worth it. So far this has been an extremely handy way of keeping track of everything university related. The offline mode is invaluable.SofianeWindows Phone
Love it! This app helps me keep my schedule organized and helps not to forget important dates in my chaotic life! Couldn't live without it!Stephanie HaynesGoogle Play
This may sound corny, but this app has changed my school life and I've never been so organized!Nicholas GerstungGoogle Play
Really good, I've tried a few similar study organiser apps and this was by far my favourite :)AnonymousChrome Web Store
University Life Saver. Helps you not to forget when your next class, assignment or exam is. Once you've mastered how to set your timetable it's amazing to keep you on track.marcF6iOS App Store
Love the ui, and the features. The fact that it's free and is not overflowing with adds is awesome.Ammar MuhammadGoogle Play
This app has been a life saver, no longer do I need to carry a cumbersome planner or have to switch through multiple apps to put in dates and a to-do list.NekoChan713iOS App Store
Great app, actually keeps me organised! Ability to use alternating weeks and simple interface really helpsOwenWindows Phone
So helpful you'd think you paid for it!Loren ThomasGoogle Play
Very good app to organize my work with a clean UI. Plus the cloud sync across devices is top. The best of its category, it gets the job done.JeremieWindows Phone
Not only is this app amazing at organizing all my class's and exams and assignments, but it's also free. And there is nothing to buy where you get it. It is by far the best study calendar I have ever had. I strongly recommend this.Alexis WilsoniOS App Store