CNET Editors' review
Personal organizers are nothing new, but most of them are designed for businesspeople and are heavy with business-oriented features like client contact managers and meeting planners. Get Organized from JTK Solutions is different: it's optimized for students, especially secondary and college students. It helps busy students keep their assignments as well as keep track of their grades. Best of all, it's free, so impoverished scholars can download and use it and still be able to eat next week--maybe even food!
Get Organized opened with an optional Get Started dialog that walked us through the process of adding terms, courses, grading scales, textbook information, assignments, and events as well as sorting the list and viewing grades. Everything was clearly explained and easy to do, too. We started by adding our User Details, though, which includes contact data for both the student and the student's adviser. From the same dialog, we could also change the program's theme color and other settings, including color-coding for priorities and due dates. The main view has tabs for a List View of events and other entries and a Calendar view; the program also offers a smaller calendar view in the left-hand navigation panel. We right-clicked this panel, which opened the Terms and Courses wizard. Here we could add multiple terms and courses, including start and end dates and details. Entering and removing stuff is totally easy in Get Organized: just select Term, Course, Assignment, or Event, and then click Add. Pop-up wizards take care of the rest. Under Tools, we opened the Grades tool to configure our grading scale. Most functions offered hot key combos, too.
In addition to the Getting Started wizard, Get Organized offers a comprehensive online Help file with contact information. However, we quickly realized that Get Organized is a bit easier to use than many personal organizers we've tried. Part of this may be because, like a smart student, Get Organized doesn't take on a bigger load than it can handle. It has everything it needs to help students stay on top of their coursework and make it to every class on time without the complex extras found in enterprise-class planners. In fact, we think more than a few businesspeople would like Get Organized's no-frills, no-nonsense approach to organization.
From Alex Laird:
Keep your course schedule and grades organized with Get Organized, a simple and efficient academic planner. Specify assignment details, keep track of up-and-coming and overdue schoolwork, monitor grades, and more. View your schedule as a collective list or in a familiar calendar format. Get Organized is a free, digital planner that eliminates the hassle and cost of a physical planner. See the list of Key Features at alexlaird.net/projects/get-organized that will help the punctual to stay on top of their schedule and the procrastinator to stay on track.
What's new in this version: Version 1.08:
- Fixed grade graphing display issues
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All versions:3.4 stars
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Current version:5.0 stars
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"Life Saver - One Day Literally"
Version: Get Organized 1.08
-Color Codes by Priority or Due Date
-Graphs Grades Over Time
-Multiple Ways to List Classes
-Able to View Every Assignment Due Date at Once
-Keeps Track of Books - Price, Condition, Seller, Etc.
-Deletes "Assignment Name" Input When Changing "Book" Input; Easily Avoidable
-Doesn't Fit to Screen All the Time; sits high so there is a small gap below window
-Unable to Set Different Time Periods for Separate Terms
Truly a set-it-and-forget-it type of program. After entering everything from your syllabi at the start of the semester this program becomes a student's best friend. Sure it is a little annoying to enter everything in at semester, and sure this program does sometimes mess up and delete what you just entered, but these deletions are easy to get used to, because they always follow doing one thing after another, and are thus avoidable.
I am currently in my second year of university of a a total twelve years on my way to become an anesthesiologist. That being said, I don't have time to mull over assignments I'v been given. All I do is enter all my due dates in Get Organized during downtime (read: breaks and a couple minutes each weekend), then I never have to worry about missing an assignment because I can see everything at once. I color-code to know if an assignment can be skipped, or if I would literally fail the class by not doing it. I recommend it to every student out there, and verbally recommend it to every student on my campus who has bite off more than they can chew. Makes passing classes a breeze, could only make it easier if the developer did my assignments for me.
Tl;dr It has bugs, but if you are busy it will save you more often than hinder you. If you don't mind spending the time to enter due dates in at the start of semester this program is for you.
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