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Dog-eared notebooks have their charms, but for students looking to stay on top of an avalanche of college (or even high school) coursework, Schoolhouse is just what the professor ordered. This student-created app helps tame the chaos of student life by blending task management with a class calendar and web browser for surfing course-related sites.
It’s a powerful mix. You create a category for each class you’re taking, establishing a schedule and a grading system. Within that, you can build tasks—essays, lab work, problem sets, and so on—and assign each deadlines and priorities, attach files, or just scribble notes to yourself. While the data entry required to get it up and running can be pretty punishing, the payoff is a detailed, manageable roster of all the things you need to do.
Schoolhouse helps you manage the chaos of college life.
We particularly dug how you can enter grades as you receive them, and Schoolhouse uses that info to calculate your “live” grade in that class. Another nifty feature is MobileMe syncing across multiple Macs, which could come in particularly handy for parents using this app to manage the schoolwork of a younger student.
The bottom line. Maintaining a task manager this detail-oriented takes dedication and focus. If you don’t put time every day into keeping up with your task list and schedule, it’ll all fall apart. But if you can make that commitment, Schoolhouse is an impressive, helpful, cleanly designed, and very affordable app that’ll help you stay ahead of the curve.
Mac OS 10.6.6 or later
Designed for the needs of students, not office drones. Effective mix of calendar, web browser, and task management. Plain but clean design.
Entering enough detail to make this app useful is a task in and of itself. Crashed once on us.