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School essentials: Google Keep and Google Calendar


As the beginning of the school year comes racing by, students are expected to constantly be on their ‘A’ games. Whether this means excelling in all classes or remembering to keep up with weekly club meetings, TAS students face very little room for mistakes. 
To keep up with demanding workloads, all students should consider utilizing Google Keep and Google Calendar. These two amenities, although often looked past, are two crucial applications that can aid students in succeeding in school. 
Google Keep
Google Keep is an excellent note-taking application created to help users capture ideas, manage To-Do lists and doodle handwritten notes. The service can be connected to various devices, and even comes in an app form that can be downloaded on both IOS and Android mobile phones. 
Users can also customize their notes through changing color, adding checkboxes, attaching images and much more. 
“Using Google Keep’s customizable sticky notes helps me arrange my tasks easily,” student Tyler C. (‘21) said. “I have a ‘To-Do List’ for my homework which I arrange in the form of checkboxes, and a ‘General List’ that I present with bullet points.” 
Along with its note-taking service, Google Keep also provides users with a ‘Reminders’ tab to jot down important dates or meetings. 
Google Calendar 
Google Calendar is a time-management and scheduling tool. The application syncs with a user’s Google account, and creates an automatic calendar that is fitting around the individual’s work meetings and plans. 
For example, if a student schedules a meeting with their counselor through ‘Calendly’ or ‘YouCanBookMe’, Google Calendar will mark the conference accordingly. 
“Google Calendar is super useful and easy to use,” Tyler said. “For all other calendars, you have to manually put in events. Google Calendar is different cuz you can simply rely on it to know what you’re doing.” 

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