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Handmark 4.0 Student

Handmark 4.0 Student

Fall 2001 Software
Ages: 9 - 25 yrs.
Manufacturer: Handmark, Inc.
Price: $19.99
Platform: Palm OS
This Palm-device software package is a dream come true for today's serious college and grad-school student -- and maybe for college-prep crunching high schoolers, too. That's because it's totally dedicated to coursework, class information, and grade tracking. Students can keep academic details such as instructor information, textbooks, grading policies, and detailed course information in the Palm of their hand, as well as information such as class time, location, instructor office hours, phone, and email addresses. There's even some space for jotting down notes, such as the project idea that sprung to mind in mid-lecture -- or the name of that cute girl in the front row. The program also enables students to track their homework, quizzes and tests -- including due dates, grades and relevant notes and reminders. Next assignment due? Yessiree! It's always there in the chronological coursework listing.

There's also a grade feature that keeps students on top of where they stand in their classes, tracks their GPA and will even calculate "what if" scenarios to predict final class grades based on expected scores (such as, what if I blow off studying for this quiz tomorrow and go shopping instead?). Coursework details can be exported from 4.0 Student into your PDA's Date Book and To Do List.

But, parents, this is a more powerful course-tracking tool than any kid would need before the hardcore years of high school -- so forget about that 12-year-old age recommendation. There aren't many middle-schoolers who need this much schoolwork organization.

Don Oldenburg   ©2001 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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