August 14, 2014

5 Best Student Planner Apps

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The one class not offered in college is time management. Once you enter those college doors, you're thrust into the very adult world of having to manage your own schedule and your finances – tricky activities that likely weren't much of an issue in high school. These days, such daunting tasks are made easier by smartphone apps. Since college students already spend an average of 3.6 hours a day on their mobile devices, adding one more app could actually ease the burden of managing their college life.

CreditDonkey makes it even easier by narrowing down which life-managing apps are worth downloading. Even better, we focused on only the free ones.


  • Available on iPhone, iPad, and Android

The myHomework app offers a great host of features that are relevant to any student in any walk of academic life. Whether you want to manage your class schedule or manage your homework, this app covers a ton of ground. It even gives professors the opportunity to log in and share information like course data, assignment dates, and test dates. The app will even warn you when you have assignments coming close to their due date and notify you of any late assignments.

Why we like it: This app is one of the best in one-stop shopping for academic organization. Whether you’re great at keeping organized and just want to use your phone to stay synchronized or you’re completely new to keeping your life in order, this application is sure to make that process much easier.

What others say: Josh Catone at Mashable refers to myHomework as a “visually stunning” app that “is helpful for keeping overloaded students on top of their work.”

Class Manager

  • Available on iPhone and iPad

Class Manager is the perfect app for any student who struggles with the latest iOS interface. While it has retained the “old iPhone” feel – which provides a great deal of functionality – you can do everything from enter classes, add assignments, and ensure you’re getting everything in on time. Much like myHomework, you can rely on this app for late assignments and your class schedule. This app also translates very well to your iPhone calendar for a seamless experience. And it has some very nice “delete all” features that allow users to delete mass quantities of classes or assignments with one click. Depending on your comfort level with the app, that is either a great or terrible feature.

Why we like it: Class Manager is ideal for any student who is looking for basic functionality without all the bells and whistles. This app provides a good, clean, and basic approach to organizing your academic life.

The HW App

  • Available on iPhone and iPad

This app has a distinct Windows feel to it. As soon as you open it up, you are faced with the number of tasks you have, what percentage is complete, and a blocked out calendar that reminds you how many assignments are due in the next seven days. If you’re looking for an app to only track assignments, this is the app for you. To get more features, such as the ability to access information instructors have uploaded, you’ll have to upgrade.

Why we like it: If you’re more of a PC person who likes iPhones and simplicity, this basic interface will win you over.

iStudiez Lite

  • Available on iPhone and iPad

The iStudiez Lite app provides an in-depth product for something branded as “lite.” It boasts an interactive calendar as well as a planner section that allows for adding courses, work schedules, holidays, and professors. You can save and store assignments that repeat and view the entirety of the work that you’ve completed for various instructors and classes. This app operates in a smooth way as well. The pro version will give you notifications of assignments as they happen and the ability to sync information across all of your devices.

Why we like it: The iStudiez Lite app works for students who want a great interface but can live without notifications.


  • Available on iPhone, iPad, and Android

Weave is an Intuit app that allows users to control projects, daily activities, and money all in one place. However, for college students, the functionality will seem limited in comparison to the other apps on this roundup. You can add your workout, or add an assignment – you just won’t have the black and white description that it is in fact an academic planner. Weave functions incredibly well, and would be great for a person who is trying to balance work and school – allowing you to plug more than just assignments and teachers into it.

Why we like it: If you’re looking for a simple app that will get you through the day in an organized way with notifications, but don’t need of the academic features of the others on this list feature, Weave will be right for you.

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