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Students use organizational app Notion to manage homework

Daniel Baeza
Notion is a productivity app that offers organizational tools. At U-High, Notion has become popular among students as a way to stay on top of their work.

In a time where students juggle busy schedules, multiple sports, and many school assignments a day, managing and remembering everything can become a struggle. Many students are turning to a free app called Notion

Notion, a free digital organizer, has swept across U-High as students look to become more organized to stay on top of their assignments.

Junior Ayush Mishra finds that Notion provides an assurance that no ideas are lost as he manages his multiple clubs and classes. 

“I use a customizable task list, which has a to-do, my specific teams or clubs I might be in, and then the tasks I’ve done,” Ayush said. “I also use it as a calendar to plan out any events I have coming up”

Digital planners and note taking apps have been around for years, including a huge array of highly rated ones such as Evernote, OneNote, and Apple Notes. U-High students also use a wide variety of apps, but Notion has been particularly popular, students say, because of its particular features. 

No doubt, the features are elaborate: Notion offers free cloud storage, allowing for usage of the app over multiple devices, and is compatible with widely used software such as Google Calendar, Slack and Google Drive. At the same time, students say, the app is simple and known for its wide array of premade templates, such as job planners, internship managers and to-do lists, that can be easily personalized for individual users.  

Sophomore Amira Moultrie, said that she was drawn to Notion by its flexibility. 

“I think notion is a really cool app because you get to customize it and basically do anything with it … design your schedule and plan your whole life around it,” Amira said.

While plenty of U-High students opt for other organizers, Notion has grown increasingly popular, students say. Some said they appreciate being able to use it across all of their devices, whether they are at home or on their phones commuting. This means students can view the same to-do list from their phone or laptop, and on any browser that is connected to the internet. 

Junior Maggie Bai said she finds Notion’s intricate features differentiate it from other note taking and to-do list apps. 

“Their to-do list feature has a lot of good things. Like, they allow you to put on due dates and like if the assignment is high priority,” said Maggie. “It just helps me stay organized and keep track of everything that I have to do.”

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Kabir Joshi
Kabir Joshi, Assistant Editor
Kabir Joshi is a member of the Class of 2026 and is an assistant editor. As a ninth grader, he joined the U-High Midway during the 2022-23 school year. His favorite story that he has written is "Movie differentiates itself from others." Outside of the Midway, he runs cross country and loves spending time with his dog. Awards: 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, San Francisco convention: Excellent, review writing
Daniel Baeza
Daniel Baeza, Photographer
Daniel Baeza is a beginning photojournalist and a member of the Class of 2025. His favorite part of photojournalism is learning different photography methods. Danny thinks the most fulfilling part of photojournalism is capturing someone's emotions in one frame. Outside of photojournalism, Danny enjoys playing baseball, drawing and hanging out with friends. Awards: 2023 Association of Texas Photography Instructors Fall Contest, sports action, honorable mention 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, Boston convention: Superior, general/spot news

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