For high school and college students, effectively keeping track of your assignments and materials is critical towards achieving academic success. Check out these online priority management tools to help stay organized!
Agendas and calendars that sync with all your devices. For older students, keeping track of upcoming assignments can be difficult – especially when taking multiple classes at once. It’s also important to set reminders for long term projects that are going to require investing a lot of time to complete. We recommend using an agenda or calendar app that will sync between multiple devices – your computer as well as your mobile device. Students currently attending online classes will appreciate the option to edit their agenda in real-time on a larger screen, but having the ability to set alarms and reminders is great to have on a phone. Most major manufacturers (Apple, Google, Microsoft) offer free cloud-synced options for productivity apps, so these tools should be easily accessible for students.
Create different user profiles. For many students, it helps having their casual browsing kept separate from academic content. For most major web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Edge) it’s easy to create a new user profile exclusively for “School” – this allows you to have separate bookmarks, logins, and tabs saved specifically for your classes and educational resources. Here are some helpful links:
At time of writing Safari unfortunately doesn’t allow switching between multiple profiles yet, but Mac users can always create a new device user account to be used for school – this will also allow having a separate desktop and shortcuts as well, which helps for productivity. Windows users also have the option of simply creating a separate user account.
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In terms of priority management, having a dedicated profile for school work can also be helpful for students who are easily distracted and find themselves frequently taking breaks to check social media!
Take advantage of cloud-based apps. Cloud apps make it easy for multiple students to collaborate and work together on a project or assignment. In the recent past, students would have had to save a word processor document and email the file to classmates for revisions and comments – who would then reply with a modified version of the document. If this sounds overly complicated, it’s because it was – and thanks to cloud-based apps, all of this is possible now in real time. Google Docs, for example, allows students to type and share an entire writing assignment that can easily be proofread and commented on by other students (and even their teacher). Students can also easily scroll through past drafts and revisions to see what changes have been implemented. These are all incredibly helpful tools for students in high school and college as group projects and peer-reviewed assignments are extremely common.
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Using a cloud-based app conveniently syncs your content to your online account, so you’ll never have to worry about accidentally deleting an important file or your computer crashing the night before an assignment is due.