Siri for Calendar and Time Management.

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Siri asked to check appointments on 22nd September

Siri is brilliant for calendar management and time/task management, but underused, you can verbally manage your calendar/ tasks which, I personally find reduces the burden on my working memory and is more intuitive .  The speed of which I can set myself a reminder by taking the phone out of my pocket rather than searching for a pen and paper which I inevitably end up losing anyway is astounding!  I really like iOS accessibility. I definitely find low maintenance strategies with gainful upsides work well.

Useful wikihow page on how to turn on Siri

John Hodgson
Study Needs Assessor

iPlanner UK for categorising events

iPlanner UK “is useful for planning my time and I like the different symbols which can be used to categorise events.”

iPlanner UK

This iPad and iPhone app costing 69p provides a quick overview of planned events with an annual, monthly, weekly and daily view option.  It allows you to keep records on how many hours have been spent on certain categories so can be used for project management. Calendars can be printed.  It is available for Android but not with all the same features.

MA University of Birmingham

iStudez Pro on the iPad

iStudiez ProIStudez Pro has been specifically developed for those studying in the usual school/college/university setting with schedule planning, assignments,classroom changes, tracking marks etc. It can be used on the iPad, iPhone and Mac computer (£1.99) but there is an iStudiez Lite version for free, although this does not offer all the options mentioned.  MA felt that the Pro version was “good, helped with personal organisation and managing deadlines. Useful to set reminders for assignments up to seven days prior due date. Colour coding feature ability useful allowing user to ‘check at a glance’.

I do not use this app as often now as I no longer find myself needing to check my schedule daily; however it is an extremely useful app to help with organisation.”

MA University of Birmingham

YouTube video App Review: iStudiez Pro for Students!

emails for ideas, reminders and for questions that need to be dealt with later!

“When I have an idea for a project or something like that, I email it to myself in order to make sure that I remember it later or when I need to search for an answer to some question etc…”  student

There is an online service called Nudgemail that allows you to send email reminders without signing in or having to open your own email account if you are parted from your own technologies for any length of time!

The company has put up a Nudgemail YouTube video that explains how you can sort out your timely reminders or link it up with Google Calendar.

Google Calendar for reminders and managing time.

“Google Calendar helps me remember things that I need to do and manage my time.  By setting up reminders via email or from the calendar when I am online I can choose in advance how much warning I might need.” Bobby (MSc Web Technology)

Google have a YouTube video about setting up reminders.

Using CalenGoo for sending reminders via text and email

I have an Orange / T-mobile account on my iPhone and with CalenGoo syncing with my Google calendar I can set up SMS reminders as well as email or pop up ones.  The app costs £4.99 but allows for so many more options compared to the built in calendar on the iPhone including the chance to sync with multiple calendars. This means calendars can be set up for special projects.  Colour coding and large fonts with zoom make it a calendar that is easy to read even on a small screen. Lots of online support is provided by the developers

CalenGoo is also available for Android phones and costs £4.63

YouTube Video showing the app on an Android.

Google Calendar synchronise appointments with alarms for reminders

“I keep a diary for appointments then I have a Calendar for committee stuff with reminders and I set alarms that all synchronise.”

Aiden – Oceanography
Google Sync for Mobile YouTube video