The further along in school you are, the more complicated your homework becomes. Juggling research papers, group projects, routine math homework, study time for tests and more is increasingly challenging as you make your way through school.
For a student that prefers electronic devices over paper calendars and notebooks, there are many ways to manage your homework projects on a smartphone. In this day and age, most people take a smartphone everywhere they go. This makes phones excellent planners because they are a convenient and reliable place to make a note of something when you first hear about it.
Keep a master homework list in your phone's Memo or Notes feature
A “master to do list” is a complete list of every thing someone needs to do. It’s a great way to remember everything going on so nothing slips through the cracks. Having a complete list of all your classes and the homework for each is an easy way to keep track of it all.
It’s important to have only one list like this, rather than writing bits here and there in various places. That way the master list becomes a reliable source of information, and you build a habit of always putting homework related information in one place.
Schedule your homework into your calendar
Estimate how long your homework will take and schedule it into your phone’s calendar app like you would a doctor’s appointment. Scheduling a specific time to do something is a classic time management technique.
Some calendar apps have the ability to let you schedule a reminder when you create the event. If you’re new to making appointments with yourself, it’s a good idea to add an alert to go off a few minutes before you need to start. Set the alarm early enough to give yourself time to quit what you’re doing beforehand and gather your materials.
Use the myHomework app
This is a fantastic free app for managing your schoolwork. It’s available through the iPhone App Store, Mac App Store, Chrome Web Store, Google Play, Kindle Fire, and the Windows Store, so you can get it on a wide variety of devices. You make an account inside the app, which means you can use it on your phone on the go and then use it at your desk on your computer if you wish.
You can input your tests, class schedule, and all outside class work in the app. It also allows you to rate assignments by priority, set up reminders, and see a calendar of all your classes and due dates. There is a premium version of the app you can buy for a few bucks that allows you to attach files, not see ads, access decorative themes, and more.
There’s also version of the app for teachers called Teachers.io, If your teacher uses it, you can find your class in the app and have resources, assignments, and announcements synced within your myHomework app.
I’d love to hear about your homework planning challenges and successes. Please share your stories in the comments. Your experiences and ideas can help other readers change their habits and learn something new.
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