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Timetable: Keep track of classes, courses, homework and tasks

The Android app Timetable would have been a great asset if it would have existed back in my school and university days. It did not and I had to use pen and paper to keep track of courses, classes, assignments and homework.

It helps you keep track of your weekly schedule as well as assignments that you may have so that you do not have to jot those down on paper anymore.

The application displays its dashboard view to you on start which is nothing more than a blank sheet of paper with three menu buttons on top as you have to fill it with information before it becomes useful to you. A tap on the plus icon opens the new subject menu which you can use to add a new subject, class or course to the application. While specifically designed with school and university in mind, you can in theory use it for other class-like activities as well.

You can assign colors and abbreviations to each subject as well as details such as the place, type, teacher and days. Once you select a day you can add a time or multiple times as well.

Since it is possible that the same subject is taught by different people, a teacher and maybe a student in a higher semester, or in different locations, you may add multiple data sets to each subject to take that into account.

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The second button at the top opens another page that allows you to add assignments, tasks or exams to the application. You add a topic, subject, type of task, due data and your personal notes to it so that you do not forget to complete important tasks anymore.

The default view mode of the application displays whats up next on the screen. A tap on dashboard in the upper left corner of the screen on the other hand displays a menu that you can use to change  the displays to a day or week view instead, or displays tasks, exams and holidays on the screen.

Weekview displays all courses of the week in a calendar. If you have filled out the information correctly and used colors to distinguish different courses, you get a great overview of your whole workweek here.

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Timetable Tips

  1. Both Saturday and Sunday are not displayed by default after installation. You need to enable them in the settings of the application. To do so tap on the menu button of your Android device, and select Settings > General from the menu. This is useful if you have classes on the weekend or want to add study groups or other activities like football or cheer-leading to the application.
  2. You can modify the default length of a lesson, 45 minutes, lesson start times or number of lessons per day under Duration in the settings. This can be useful if your school does not start at eight sharp or if you have different kinds of breaks.
  3. If weekly courses alternate, you can enable two week cycles in the settings to take that into account. Here you can also select what is displayed on the calendar by default.
  4. Notifications are turned off by default. To enable them open the settings to do so. You can also enable the auto-mute feature here to block further notifications once a session starts and mute the phone.
  5. Several widgets are available that you can place on your phone to view lessons and tasks right on that screen without opening the application first.

Verdict

Timetable is an easy to use application which is certainly its greatest strength. It takes only a couple of seconds to add courses or new assignments to the application. The week view in particular is useful as it highlights all upcoming  classes and courses on a single page.

The application synchronizes data between Android devices but does not offer an export feature. If you are using a different calendar on your home computer, you may want to find a different application that supports that option.

If you just want to keep track of classes and assignments on your phone or Android tablet, then this is certainly an application that you want to take for a test ride to see if it ticks all the right boxes.





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