The Washington Times - May 27, 2010, 07:13PM

I haven’t tested the items below, but I like the idea, and school isn’t out forever, just for summer:

FileMaker Inc. [has] announced a free, easy way for students to succeed by organizing their busy daily lives using the new Bento 3 Student Survival Kit. When students download a free, 30-day trial of Bento 3 for Mac, they receive a set of beautifully designed, ready-to-use templates for organizing lecture notes, courses, group projects, special events and job searches. The templates in the kit are an integrated set of student organizing tools.

The Student Survival Kit works with Bento 3, FileMaker’s popular personal database for the Mac, and can be synchronized for use with Bento for iPhone and Bento for iPad (sold separately). Bento 3 offers new ways for students to view and interact with their information—including integration with Mac OS apps like iPhoto, Address Book and iCal —so they can organize photos, contacts, projects and events and link all of the details together into one database. Bento 3 also works with templates offered through the Bento Template Exchange, a site that showcases real-world templates for Bento that students can browse, download and import into Bento 3.

“A student’s life is filled with a flurry of activities and projects that can become overwhelming,” said Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services for FileMaker, Inc. “Our Student Survival Kit combines the latest features of Bento 3 with templates that give students a leg up in organizing their lives. It gives them many of the tools required for success in school, and in the job search at graduation.”

The Bento 3 Student Survival Kit makes organizing the details of a busy life fast and easy. It includes these five pre-designed, ready-to-use templates:

o   Lecture Notes – Enter searchable notes and even include video, audio and file attachments for each lecture.

 

o   Group Projects – Manage tasks and deadlines for multiple group members to keep everyone on schedule.

 

o   Event Planner – Organize parties, class meetings, club fundraisers, and sports events, with ease.

 

o   Course Tracker – Track classes, credits earned, grades, pre-requisites and more.

 

o   Job Search – Track resumes sent, upcoming interviews, hiring manager names and important emails for every potential job.

 

“Take a look at any student’s schedule, and you can see why fifty percent of them leave college without a degree,” said Harry Harrison, author of1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know (Like Buying Your Books Before Exams Start). “Every week there’s at least one paper, exam or lab practical to remember. Every day they have mountains of reading, writing and research to accomplish. There are group projects, semester papers, important lectures to keep track of, not to mention organizing class notes so they can be instantly found. Without organizational and time-management skills, even the smartest students flounder. That’s where Bento 3 and the Student Survival Kit can really help.”

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