5 Productivity Tools to Help Lost Students be More Organized

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We all know being organized in school is tough work, but it can be fun to do once you get the hang of it!

Especially if you use amazing tools to enhance your organization skills, yes?

While creating manual to-do lists using pen and paper seems to be working just fine, there are free tools you can use to level up your productivity game to keep you organized.

These tools can help you document your work, store files, plan your next tasks, and get reminders for upcoming exams, homework, and wait for it… For group works as well!

How cool is that? 

Very

Uh-huh!

So let’s get on with the list, shall we?

5 Productivity Tools for Lost Students to be More Organized

1. Notion 

Notion is an all-in-one workspace — great for writing, planning, organizing, and getting things done. It is available on the web, mobile, Mac, and Windows.

Visit Notion’s website to know more about everything you can do with it. But I use Notion as my second brain and I am not even kidding.

There is a free version of it with limited storage only. You can pay for an upgraded version if you work on a team or for a company.

Although students and professors have the privilege to use their school domain and sign up for lifetime unlimited storage!

There are tons of Notion tutorials out there because you can do almost everything in Notion, but I recommend seeing radreads’ all-in tutorial about Notion first.

This is a sample of a page in my workspace. I just rebuilt this page yesterday to put ideas for my blog content calendar until November 2020! I used different forms to track my progress and remind myself when I should publish a blog post.

Rate: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

2. Google drivegoogle docs

Google drive is the place for you to store, share, and collaborate on files and folders using any mobile device, tablet, or computer. This will be your buddy until you graduate and continue on the career path you choose.

You can store files up to 15GB only, but Google allows you to buy storage from PHP 889 – PHP 4,799 per year depending on your needs.

The good news is if you use your school domain, you can enjoy unlimited storage on google drive foreverGoogle docs is a tool for creating documents and word files. It can be used as an alternative tool for MS word and it only works if you have an internet connection.

If you have group works, all of the members can use google docs simultaneously. We use this all the time for thesis writing and group reports. 

Google also has more apps like google slides and google sheets that work just like MS PowerPoint and Excel.

Rate: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

3. ClassUp

ClassUp is used as a tool to help students manage classes, organize notes, track tasks, and communicate with classmates.

Here is the complete guide on using the app for an optimized experience.

I only use ClassUp for creating my class schedules because one can personalize it with a background picture, color coding, class codes, and class hours. It is easy and fun to use!

If you’re feeling productive and creative, create your class schedule and share it with your classmates.

Not everyone creates their schedule, be an instant lifesaver.

Rate: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

4. Google calendar

A tool to help you manage your time and organize your class, exam, and study schedules. Google Calendar is an online calendar where you can safely backup events so you won’t lose your schedule even if you lose your device.

You can set goals, reminders, and events in google calendar and view it in multiple ways (daily, weekly, and monthly).

My blockmates use this to plot our class schedule and share it with the whole batch! After downloading the link, the schedule will automatically sync into our phones.

Instant lifesaver, indeed.

You can also use google calendar as a time blocking app if you wish to monitor the time you delegate for tasks in a day. It is a handy tool you can have to be more intentional in your study sessions.

So use your calendar wisely.

Rate: ⭐⭐⭐

4. myHomework student planner

Calendar isn’t your thingmyHomework is for students who want to raise their school performance level by having the right approach to organization and time management.

Easily track assignments, projects, tests, classes, and more. myHomework sends you due date reminders and lets you sync between your devices. The free version comes with ads, but you can avail of the premium version for only $4.99 per year.

See the testimonials of other students who use myHomework:

Rate: I have yet to try this tool myself!

5. Trello

Trello is famous for tracking important tasks and progress, especially with group works, business operations, or even family vacations.

It has a simple and flexible design that lets you collaborate and organize everything.

I always hear good reviews about Trello from YouTubers and business owners, but I think this might work great for school group works as well.

You can work on the same board and add or drag the tasks to its corresponding progress.

I recently downloaded it because it’s free and I think it would help me organize my tasks more. I’m going to try using it for the next project I’m working on for my blog.

Click here to go to a Trello guide.

Here is an example of the project I’m working on:

Rate: so far, so good ⭐⭐⭐ I haven’t tried this with group works, but I think it would be fantastic!

Before you go, here’s a pep talk for you:

Applications are just tools that you can use to optimize your organization and time management skills. But the most important factor to consider here is the student’s desire to improve oneself.

Once a student desires to be a more organized person, then one will eventually develop good habits that contribute to the identity he or she desires.

The ultimate goal is to develop self-discipline and the rest will follow.

I know school works and examinations are truly overwhelming and sometimes even drowning.

And I do not personally experience what you are experiencing right now, but do know that your feelings are valid.

No matter where you are on the journey to an organized school life, I hope you are not beating yourself up because self-care is still essential.

If life becomes too uncontrollable — pause, breathe deeply (20x), and let go of the things you can’t control at the moment.

Let God handle those problems and then trust the process.

Do you have other productivity apps that you are using? Are you already using the mentioned apps above? Leave your thoughts in the comments section! 🙂

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