Studyrails keeps schoolwork on track, even if you're a flake

Study like a pro, even if you're not with this helper tool for study noobs.

Studyrails is a relatively new tool for students who want to get their class schedule and study time synced up. It's mainly a calendaring tool, but thrown in is a mobile reminder service, and a forceful lock-out system that will keep you from slacking off on your computer when you're supposed to be studying.

The core calendar product is one of the more interesting efforts I've seen. After you've plugged in your class schedule, you have the option to schedule in study time. You guesstimate how much time you'll need for each discipline or project and then block out those hours on your calendar. It's a simple drag and drop affair. What's neat here is that it'll automatically divide up your time into little chunks based on how much time you've acknowledged you need to spend per task and when it's due. It's not an exact science, but it's a good start for people who don't know where to begin when they've got a lot of projects stacked up at once.

When it actually comes time to study, you can link up the application to send you reminders on your phone or e-mail in-box. It'll also give you a physical lock-out from using certain applications or Web sites during those times. This list is made by you (or your parent), so unless YouTube is a part of the study plan you'll get a little block on the page that chides you to get back to work.

The service runs $10 a month and has a two week free trial. On a side note, founder of Studyrails, Joshua Loewenstein, and I have no relation.

See also: Motivation management with GradeFix

Related: Quizlet: Flash cards made easy

Studyrails is mostly a calendaring tool, but added is project management and time management tools for slackers. Studiolo Systems Inc.
About the author

Josh Lowensohn joined CNET in 2006 and now covers Apple. Before that, Josh wrote about everything from new Web start-ups, to remote-controlled robots that watch your house. Prior to joining CNET, Josh covered breaking video game news, as well as reviewing game software. His current console favorite is the Xbox 360.


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