"Students have a lot of things going on campus, and on top of that need to manage multiple notebooks and calendars. But with the app, they can put everything in one place to stay on track," said Kelsey Aroian, a marketing associate at the San Francisco-based Asana.
With the free app, available worldwide in English, students can create different workspaces for both course work and campus life. They can also plan projects for each course and tasks based on different assignments.
Deadlines, assignees and other content, such as lecture notes or research, can be added to each task to keep everything in one place, according to Aroian.
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As deadlines approach, students receive reminders and can sync tasks with their electronic calendars. They can also invite classmates to collaborate on projects.
"It's a much more cohesive approach than the email you might be sending to accomplish the same thing, or other discombobulated attempts at keeping track of projects," said Aroian.
Another app called Notability lets students write their notes while recording a lecture, and syncs the notes with the audio. The app costs $2.99 and is available on iOS devices.
Talkboard, a free iPad app, allows students to invite classmates to share a virtual whiteboard to brainstorm ideas together and view each other's sketches in real-time.
Twoodo, free for iOS and Android devices, is promoted as a team collaboration tool for the hashtag generation. Students can organize discussions, to-do lists, notes and events using Twitter-style hashtags and mentions.
Others free apps such as Adobe Voice, for making videos, and Haiku Deck, for making presentations, provide simple ways of getting ideas across quickly.
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Jason Womack, executive coach and founder of the coaching company Get Momentum, said students are increasingly using task management systems.