Great app for students to manage assignments etc
Not a YNAB thing per se but I just found this great app for students to keep track of their assignments and due dates etc. I know my son is struggling with managing it all online and I am suggesting he try this to help.
That looks interesting. My 7th grader is having trouble keeping up with his assignments. We're trying to get him to write them down (on ANYTHING!) so he can keep track. He refuses to use a planner. His older brother just uses a blank piece of paper to write his stuff down on, so we asked him if that would work for him. He starts, but as he's going through his assignments, he says, "Oh, I can do that right now." so he does that assignment. Then he goes to the next one... doesn't write it down because "I can do this one too, right now." Then he gets distracted, and loses track of where he was, and doesn't know what is remaining. So we're TRYING to get him to write them down first, then do them, and cross them off as he does them.
So I'm not sure if an electronic version would be any better at this point for him or not. He needs to get into the habit of writing them down. Besides, he doesn't have a phone, so he'd have to use the tablet, and if it was on the tablet, I know he'd just get distracted by MineCraft, and completely ignore the homework app... Grrr. But yes, this does look like a good app, if the student isn't totally resistant to writing down his assignments. lol. Thanks for sharing. I basically just talked myself out of trying it, but I hope it works for your son!
Move Light Sound Life said:
MXMOM I really miss the days where I could get to class and use the boring bits to draw out a schedule of my responsibilities (where to go, when things were due).
my mother makes fun of me because I am such a list maker. I (sometimes) procrastinate by making lists instead of doing the actual work.
Move Light Sound Life said:
But seriously, y'all, if your kids are studying online, don't they have a schedule/ToDo list provided to them by their teachers and/or the online learning system? Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams Assignments, Blackboard, Canvas, SeeSaw, etc - whatever you're using should show the student what is expected, right?
Not sure about elementary and secondary school but at Carleton University where son #2 is studying, there is no one consistent platform for their assignments. Or there may be but the instructors are inconsistent in how they post the information. After 2 years I am pretty savvy as to navigating around the thing. And I created a spreadsheet with all the assignments and weighting to ensure that he was staying on track to pass the course. I didn't personally involve myself in the assignments management but from what I saw there was no one spot where all the assignments were posted.
I am a paper person even though I am very computer savvy. But I find that the online content doesn't "stick" in my brain. Plus I am visual so I like to be able to see the whole thing at once. That's just me and my son may be different but even though he was online in highschool for a certain things (Moodle) they didn't really learn this skill. To be honest, planning is not a skill they teach (or taught) in school. They handed out an agenda (which in university they don't get) and were told to write their assignment due dates in it. When I started working the "planner" was all the rage. Everybody had one. Filofax was big before I started. Then there was David Allen Getting Things done.
We actually went to all day seminars to learn how to plan. I think if they started this in school at the elementary level with the stickers etc for the artistic crowd and the basic date blocks for the others this is a skill they will use the rest of their lives.
Edited to add - I just logged in to the university learning site and I see that there is a calendar that can be exported or linked to. However, the use of it is inconsistent. Only one course has the lectures listed (with links) and one course has nothing listed. The others seem to have the assignment due dates. The class with the most content (lectures and assignments) is a first year class and I find that the instructor is doing more "hand holding" than the other courses. Possibly because it is a first year course.