Schoolwork Organization With Pocket Schedule

One of the many ways Apple likes to market the iPad is by appealing to college students, even handing out discounts on their products to certain schools (they still have those, right?). A big reason for this is the portability and high capability of the device, ideal for helping them keep up with their schoolwork.

However, an iPad as it is wouldn’t be as useful for a student: the apps are what makes it useful. Today we’re reviewing an app that can help students keep their work, schedules and more organized. It’s called Pocket Schedule.


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Getting Started

Getting Started

Getting Started

The hardest part about these types of apps is always getting them set up. It’s always a time-consuming chore to tell the app all of your courses and other types of information that it requires, you can only hope that by the time you’re finished and begin using the app, you’ll actually find it useful for your workflow.

Pocket Schedule is no different, the first thing you should do with it is update it with all your course information. Luckily, the app is pretty organized and it isn’t so difficult to get the hang of it. Here is a rundown of some of the major features:

  • Course management through different semesters
  • Calendar (weekly or monthly view)
  • Tasks and assignment support (notifications included)
  • Events, exams and different types of classes supported

We’ll get deeper into these later.

Interface

Schedule

Schedule

I guess it’s not so good that the interface feels way too serious, there’s not really anything fun or original about it. It’s very manageable and it gets the job done quite well, but it also feels boring and there should be no space for that in a school management app.

The main colors used in the app are light tones of blue and a lot of white, and the layout is quite traditional. On your left side you have the navigation sidebar, which gets you through different menus of the app. In the center, you have the main panel, which shows different stuff depending on the active menu. Finally, on top you have a small toolbar that displays handy information like the date and that can also help you navigate through the app.

Courses & Semesters

Courses

Courses

To setup your courses, you need to add a new semester through the “Courses” tab and then inside that semester add the corresponding courses. For each semester and course you can add the names and other related information, like schedules, teacher’s names, and locations, as well as a color code that will be used to identify the course throughout the app (especially, the calendar).

This process is sped up by settings that allow you to set recurring dates for the schedule of your classes.

You can also add more than one “class” to each course; for example, you can have a regular class and also a lab or a lecture under the same course, with different schedules.

Inside the Courses

Assignments

Assignments

Under the “Calendar” tab, you have an overview of not only your monthly schedule, but also of every upcoming class, exam, task and assignment. You also have a button to add new things, which can be exams, classes, events, tasks or assignments. Each one of these has different settings for you to tweak, but most of them share the common functionality of notifications, dates and a corresponding course.

Every task or assignment created can also be viewed with more details by going into the corresponding tabs for each one of them. Here you can see them by date, importance, course, or just take a peak at all of them.

There are also tabs for viewing your weekly schedule, and one that can help you find your way through the app.

How Should You Use It?

Assignment Overview

Assignment Overview

The problem with this type of app is that it’s way more difficult to live with them than without them. It feels like a bigger chore to keep up with them, than it does with my schoolwork. I guess you could find a middle ground where you pick and stick with your preferred features and just use those. You don’t have to use every single thing that the app can do, just select the ones that you really need so that you won’t get overwhelmed.

The most convenient way to use it, for me, would be to setup all of the important dates in it at the beginning of the semester (like holidays, finals, or other important dates) and then just use it as an overview of what’s coming up thoughout the semester. But a more conventional use for this app would be to use it for your assignments, kind of like a to-do app but with an emphasis on classes and with a few extra features for organization.

Conclusion

Overall, Pocket Schedule is a very complete app and, like I mentioned earlier, it has so many features that you can even find different uses for it depending on how your workflow functions. I’ve never been a fan of these sort of “all-over” apps that try to pack in lots of stuff and be your “one and only organizer”, but I could really appreciate the way that the features in Pocket Schedule come together and how everything is very organized inside the app.

If you think this app fits your workflow and that you might get some serious use off of it, then I would totally recommend spending the dollar for it. If you use it right, it could become a key part of your schoolwork organization. The real problem with this app is, getting yourself to actually keep it up to date.


Summary

Pocket Schedule is an app for students that has everything you might need to stay organized with your schoolwork.

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