SchoolHouse: Keep your Homework Organized

IconThe Mac ‘GTD’ scene has become huge recently with many apps striving to help you ‘Get Things Done’. In fact, we have a whole section on productivity apps. Unlike other GTD apps, SchoolHouse is specifically geared towards the student. With the school term just beginning, now is the time to get organized!

SchoolHouse is simple to set up. You just right click in the left hand pane and add a term; under each term, you can add classes. In each class, you can not only keep track of your assignments but also professor information, grade weighting, time, location, etc. There is a slight problem with this, my school works on a 2-week cycle, meaning that classes are only the same every second week, which is not supported in the app.

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SchoolHouse has an excellent interface. You can see all the information you want to know at a glance about your assignments (week, month, and list views are all available).

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Adding a new assignment is easy; just click on the assignment button in the top left and you can add information about the assignment on the right side panel.

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In this panel, there are 3 tabs: Details, Project and Files. Details is where you enter the details of the assignment, you can set a priority, which is a very useful feature, as well as due date, course, and comments. The Project and Files are the two tabs that hold the unique features of this app. In ‘Project’ you can add tasks for each assignment which you can tick off as you go along. You can also add a Partner, which is very useful, as it gives you a quick link to email them. The final pane, Files is a brilliant time saver. All you have to do is drag any file related to the project into the box pane and you have the option of either linking to the file or creating a duplicate for the app. Unfortunately, you can’t choose where it keeps the duplicate files; it automatically saves them to Application Support folder in your Library.

SchoolHouse not only lets you keep up to date with your assignments, it allows you to store notes. The notepad supports rich text, tables, and links. This makes a very easy way to have organized, and searchable notes!

Another unique feature is ClassCasts which are RSS feeds for your classes. RSS files can be stored in on any (S)FTP server as well as your .Mac, Amazon S3, or WebDav accounts. If you collaborate with other people a lot or are a professor this is a great feature.

SchoolHouse also has other unique features such as the ability to generate a graph showing how well you’ve done over the term. You can also make smart folders to organize your assignments.

Overall SchoolHouse is an excellent app despite a few minor flaws. It’s the best GTD app geared towards students, and is definitely worth a try. Best of all, SchoolHouse is donationware and is available for free from Logan Collins.

Comments

13 Responses to “SchoolHouse: Keep your Homework Organized”

  1. Marvin Sum on September 13th, 2007 7:58 am

    Hehe, love the reference to John Appleseed.

  2. Jeff on September 13th, 2007 11:42 am

    I was primed to use SchoolHouse but after entering class information it crashed and I lost what little work I’d done. I hope others have a different experience but I wasn’t going to trust it with my school life.

  3. John on September 13th, 2007 12:10 pm

    I started using schoolhouse2 this semester. Jeff, there is an option to make back ups which I do every so often. I’ve never shared your experince, sorry! – This is a must have app for college students I think. I used to have to keep my school stuff on my Task list and iCal (or Outlook when I used a PC) and sometimes things got lost. Not so much anymore. For anyone who works and is a student, SchoolHouse makes it possible to live in two different universes at one time, while not crossblending the tasks of either. Great software, and great review as usual.

    I just wish you didn’t have to have SchoolHouse to use the classcast function.

  4. Tyler on September 14th, 2007 3:15 pm

    Whenever I select an asignment that I’ve created and try to associate it with a course, the program errors out and quits. I think the program would be fantastic to use. Any ideas or suggestions are welcomed and appreciated.

  5. Fraser Drew on September 14th, 2007 3:22 pm

    Tyler & Jeff,
    From what I’ve read in the comments on ‘I Use This’ – http://osx.iusethis.com/app/schoolhouse – there seems some comments saying that the developer is ‘Very responsive to feedback’ so it’s probably worth sending the developer what has happened!
    There is an e-mail link on the left hand column, so it’s a first port of call if nothing else!
    Hope this helps!
    Fraser

  6. Jeff on September 14th, 2007 3:25 pm

    @Fraser – thanks for the tip

  7. MacApper Staff Application Picks 2007 | MacApper on December 4th, 2007 9:41 am

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  10. Jeff on May 11th, 2008 7:34 pm

    I’m Jeff from above with an update. FYI, I’m using Schoolhouse this semester and backing up frequently. Schoolhouse is a little fussy with data input. You need to press “enter” once you’ve entered an assignment title or it’ll disappear. I’ve been very happy with it so far.

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