Organize Your Semester With Google Calendar

Planners can be great at the beginning of the semester, but as work begins to build up it gets harder to write down all the things that you have to do. Google Calendar is a super convenient (and super free) way to stay on top of your stuff without any extra stress. Here's how to stay on track this semester!

Just Add Albert

Save yourself from having to individually put all of your classes into Google Calendar. All you have to do is import your entire schedule from Albert in three easy steps:

  1. At the bottom of your “Enrolled Classes” section on Albert, click “Download Schedule”

  2. Go to your Google Calendar settings and click “Import & Export”

  3. Upload the file you downloaded from Albert and import

If you want, Google Calendar will also send you reminders before your events, so no more worrying about forgetting that important meeting or club event (just be sure to download the app on your phone!).

Plus, when you receive an event invitation on your Gmail you can just add it directly to your calendar by clicking on the underlined text that contains the date of the event… voilá!

Extra Calendars = Extra Credit

It’s easy to make excuses for not going to office hours if you can’t remember when they are, so let’s prevent that. Creating a new calendar just for office hours won’t make your main calendar look too cluttered, but is still super accessible to when you do need itt. Be sure to add the office location in the notes and you'll never waste time walking to the wrong building again. You can also color code calendars for clubs, classes, and work schedules. Not only will your calendar look pretty, it’ll also provide an easy overview of your day with just a quick glance. Red, for example, has been noted as an attention grabbing color, perfect for assignment deadlines, which should also be added to your calendar from your syllabi.

Study Smarter

 

You’ll probably have at least one group project this semester, so to make it easier to set up meetings you can use Google Calendars to find a time that works for everyone. The “Find a Time” feature allows you to see everyone’s Google Calendar at the same time for the day of the event:

  1. Create an event and add all of your group members

  2. Select “Find a Time” next to the Event Details Tab

  3. Choose an open spot in the schedules and save

We hope these tips help you stay on schedule this semester… good luck!

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