Summer is coming to a close, leaves are beginning to change and the buzz of back to school is in the air. Everyone has a different opinion on this special time of year, some people have been dreading it ever since the beginning of summer, some other people, usually parents, can’t wait for it to arrive. Students are gathering their supplies, pens, pencils, rulers and more, but an increasing amount of students are now reaching for their phones and tablets as important education devices. We want to celebrate this special time of year by doing a comparison of two popular school and homework managing applications, iHomework and iStudiez Pro.
Both of these applications strive to be the focal point of your school organizational needs, offering ways to organize assignments, grades, task management, course scheduling and a syncing function with their desktop versions. Both applications are not free, however iStudiez does have a free version, which limits the number of semester and lacks any syncing abilities.
The largest difference between these two applications can be found in how they present the calendar of assignments or tasks to be completed. iHomework goes for a very simple look, with a selectable bar on the right hand side to change between assignments, tasks, reminders and more. On the contrast iStudiez offers a hybrid of a calendar and notebook, which in my opinion feels a little more cluttered. The actual display of assignments to be completed are very similar, both offering the ability to change colours and specify what class, partners, due dates and any notes about the assignment.
One strong point for iStudiez is its grading ability. While both offer the ability to input grades, iStudiez allows you to customize the grading scheme. This is useful if your course is curved or graded relative to the other student’s performance.
Storing courses are both simple, with iStudiez allowing you to organize courses by semester, which is a very nice feature for university students. For general appearance and functionality I personally find iHomework to be stronger in the overall presentation of the information and keeping your screen from becoming too cluttered. However there is one more area that these apps need to be compared in, and that is in their advertised syncing abilities.
Both of these paid applications also come with a paid Mac application, which is available in the Mac App Store. While iHomework is only $.99, iStudiez for Mac is a wallet breaking $9.99. While this review is not about the computer versions, a quick summary would be that both cover the same features, but iStudiez is much cleaner, more user friendly, and overall offers more customization in the organization of assignments and courses than iHomework.
Setting up the cloud-syncing feature with iStudiez is quite simple. Just make a cloud sync account using an email and password, then decide to either sync from the device or your server. That is it. Very simply and easy to use process which is great for those who are still worried about technology when someone talks to them all about cloud syncing processes.
This is where iHomework seems to struggle the most. While it looks like a very simply process to sync the iOS application with its companion desktop application, after trying for nearly 30 minutes I could not ever get the application synced with my Mac. After numerous crashes it seemed the application just was not going to sync.
If you are looking for a great application to organize your classes, assignments and more, both of these applications will serve you great! If you are wanting a bit of a less cluttered area, without losing functionality iHomework is your app. However if you are wanting to have more control on grading schemes and like a more polished look, iStudiez Pro is the one for you. But if you want to sync your information across numerous iOS devices or with each of their companion desktop applications, iStudiez Pro is the only one for you. Its syncing process is very simple and works, which is more than I can say for iHomework at the time of testing.
iHomework for iOS can be grabbed by clicking here [iTunes Link]
iStudiez Pro for iOS can be downloaded by clicking here [iTunes Link]
If you are interested in their desktop versions iHomework can be purchased by clicking here [Mac App Store Link]
iStudiez Pro for the Mac can be boughten by clicking here [Mac App Store Link]
Have you used either of these applications before? How useful did you find them for organizing your class and workload? Share your opinions in the comment section below.
8 Agenda Apps to Help Students Stay OrganizedPosted October 27, 2015
Webopedia's student apps roundup will help you to better organize your class schedule and stay on top of assignments and homework.
Wakey-wakey! Time to head to class, right after a hearty breakfast of standard campus smorgasbord. Webopedia scoured the Web for the best student planner apps to help you get through another day of learning. The apps listed below will help you to better organize your class schedule and stay on top of assignments and homework.
1. Schedule Classes and Assignments with myHomework Student Planner (iOS & Android)
Class schedules are busy and have an annoying habit of changing from semester to semester. Keeping track of where to be at any given time is a challenge. The myHomework Student Planner offers a class scheduling feature and will help student track individual assignments. You'll also find the homework widget to track assignments from the home screen a rather handy feature.
2. ClassManager Will Prioritize Assignments and Track Course Details (iOS)
Writing all your assignments on a sticky note is one way to keep track of what's due when… right until that note gets lost forever behind the couch or deep in the bowels of your closet. Replace your sticky notes with ClassManager to enter all your assignments and to prioritize items. If you're new on campus, you'll use the tool to enter a building name and room number for each class you take plus the ability to record the professor's name.
3. Get Points for Organizing with the Homework App (iOS)
This agenda app offers several organizing tools and lets you color code items. Adding in a timetable and teachers is easy. If you like the idea of being rewarded for getting tasks done on time -- other than getting a good grad -- the Homework App has partnered with Perk Points, a third party app where one can exchange the points they earn for gift cards and such. This iOS app has a companion app to work with Apple Watch, too.
4. Use IStudiez Pro to track Homework, grades and more (iOS)
The worryingly-spelled iStudiez Pro combines a tracking schedule, homework, and grades. It syncs data with both your iOS and Mac OS versions of the app and supports Windows 7-10, too. Quick overviews of your daily schedule and tasks makes getting though your day a breeze, while the Assignments tab manages upcoming events and deadlines. The syncing of data across devices means you'll never miss a notification.
5. Need a Reminder About Incomplete Assignments? Try MyStudyLife (iOS & Android)
Cross-platform apps purport to work seamlessly across all platforms. From schedules, assignments, revision, and exams, MyStudyLife has it covered on all of your devices. The agenda app will notify you of incomplete tasks and is accessible even when Professor Frink has cruelly unplugged the router and you find yourself offline.
6. A Clean and Simple Student Agenda (Android)
Marketed as being developed by students, Student Agenda for Android touts its simplicity and clean look. The objective of the app developers is not only to organize tasks and perform duties within deadlines but also to encourage a healthy balance of academic and personal life. The words "calmness" and "less stress" appear in the app description, which sounds great after navigating crowded hallways and noisy lunchrooms.
7. Edit, Follow and List with Easy School Planner (Android)
Offering a simple and intuitive interface, Easy School Planner permits students to edit and follow education tasks with ease. To start, the app asks one to create a list of tasks and school subjects. Then, it's easy to drag and drop these items into the appropriate day on your calendar. The super-organized student can color code items as well.
8. Track Assignments, Grades and More with Assignment Planner Pro (Android)
Most student planner apps keep track of assignments, homework, and projects, tasks which this app does very well. However, in addition to the planning features, this app also track grades and GPA as the semester progresses. With this, your jaw won't hit the floor when grades are handed out at the end of term. Assignment Planner Pro lets students enter projects and coursework, then track them through to completion. Reminders and notifications make sure no assignment falls by the wayside.