It’s that time of year again: Back to School. While you may be trying to get yourself organized with your university essentials or stationary for school, you may also want to think about what your iOS devices can do for you.
Fortunately for us iOS users, there are plenty of apps out there that can help get you through the academic year.
One such app is iStudiez Pro.
We’ve talked about iStudiez Pro before, but I felt it needed a proper review in time for the new school year.
iStudiez Pro is a productivity app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad that enables you to organize your weekly schedule, plan for your assignments and track how you’re doing. It’s also really nicely designed which makes the app enjoyable, as well as useful.
In iStudiez Pro you can easily add all of your classes for all of your subjects. You can also pick a class type (lecture, seminar, workshop etc.) with support for recurring classes (including weekly, alternating weeks or a custom schedule) and support for holidays.
As well as classes, you can add assignments, deadlines and exams for each of your subjects with the option to set reminders. These come in handy, believe me.
What’s really great about iStudiez Pro is that it presents all of this information to you in a familiar calendar-based interface and it also incorporates anything that is already on the Calendar app on your iOS device. This means that you can easily see what is on the agenda for today or this week and plan accordingly.
iStudiez Pro also syncs between all of your devices so all of your information is right where you need it. They even have a Mac app which is sold separately, but may also be worth checking out if you like the look of iOS app.
I’ve been using iStudiez Pro on my iPad and iPhone for the last couple of years and I have found it to be an invaluable tool during university. I use it to maintain a schedule of all of my lectures and seminars as well as keeping on top of my assignments.
It does take a little while to get into it and to fully grasp the functionality of the app, but once you do it really becomes an essential tool. If you spend some time at the start of the academic year entering all of your timetables and deadlines, it makes keeping yourself organized much easier for the rest of the year.
One of the most useful features, in my opinion, is the incorporation of grades. For each assignment you add, you can set the weighting of marks for that piece of work and the number of credits that subject constitutes as a whole. Once you receive your grade, simply enter it into iStudiez Pro and the app does all the hard work of then working your GPA (grade point average) and enables you to see what standard you are working at for each subject and overall.
Design-wise, I’d say iStudiez Pro is well presented but the discoverability of some of the app’s capabilities is slightly more difficult than it needs to be – for example, it took me a while to discover that you could add weighting to assignments and figure out exactly how to do it as, without going into too much detail, it isn’t as easy as selecting a percentage when adding an assignment as one might expect.
It’ll be interesting to see if the app’s developer’s are inclined to redesign iStudiez Pro (visually, at least) for iOS 7 as it is quite heavily skinned with chalkboard and wooden textures. This is a personal preference, but I’d like to see it given a little facelift as it’s remained pretty much unchanged in all the time I’ve been using it.
The bottom line is, if you are a student, particularly one that could use a little help with organization, then iStudiez Pro could be a highly usable tool for you.
The universal app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is available now for just £1.99/$2.99.
There is also a free version, with limited functionality, that you can try that gives you a good understanding of what the Pro version has to offer.
TiP rating: 8/10
iTunes link: iStudiez Pro