September 9, 2023

From chaos to confidence: A student's guide to getting through school using Tiimo

From the Pomodoro technique for productive study breaks to documenting every fleeting thought to avoid forgetting, these handy Tiimo tips aim to make school feel less chaotic and more manageable.

Laura, student and Tiimo user

From chaos to confidence: A student's guide to getting through school using Tiimo


  • How to use Tiimo features to stay on top of school
  • Back-to-school season can be particularly challenging for neurodivergent students, leading to feelings of anxiety and overwhelm.
  • Tiimo can help with managing school tasks and separating school and personal life
  • How the Pomodoro technique can boost efficiency when studying
  • Top tip: document everything to avoid forgetting and find your unique approach to school work

Back-to-school season can be a whirlwind of emotions, especially for neurodivergent students. From the Pomodoro technique for productive study breaks to documenting every fleeting thought to avoid forgetting, these handy Tiimo tips aim to make school feel less chaotic and more manageable. So, whether you're neurodivergent or just seeking some school-life balance, Tiimo might just be the tech buddy you never knew you needed.

It’s back-to-school season. While this might be no big deal for some students, it’s important to remember that this can also mean an unsettling and anxious feeling for others. Especially for us neurodivergent students, going back to school can feel like a lot of things at the same time. While we might be looking forward to seeing all of our friends again, having fun during lunch breaks, and learning things that are actually interesting to our high-speed brains, going back to school can stir up mixed feelings in some of us. Procrastinating until the last possible moment because anything else just felt like more fun, forgetting to turn in your homework on time because you really just forgot, studying for an exam the night before because you just couldn’t get yourself to do it when the time was right, let’s be honest, these are all things us neurodivergent students have experienced at least once throughout our school career. At least I know, I have.

Being a neurodivergent student can feel like a lot of things at the same time. It can mean fun and laughter while simultaneously evoking feelings of stress over things that don’t feel stressful to others and putting yourself down over something that is not your fault.

As a fellow neurodivergent student and a Tiimo user, I want to share some tips with you, that helped me tip the scale to make school more fun, rather than a place where I felt misunderstood and overwhelmed. I hope these help you just as much as they help me. So if you’re still reading, let’s get cracking.

Paying attention during lessons, keeping your notes organized and participating in class are important but often don’t come to us as easily as to our neurotypical peers. Needing another approach to schoolwork is absolutely okay and nothing to be ashamed of. From one sometimes disorganised and overwhelmed student to another, let’s talk about things that actually help. All you need is just one app on your phone called Tiimo!

How to use Tiimo features to stay on top of school

Here’s an overview of my favorite tips and tricks for back-to-school season using Tiimo, which I’ll go through in detail later:

  1. Separating school and personal life by utilizing Tiimo’s multi-profile feature
  2. Activating notifications and embracing Tiimo’s widgets
  3. Leveraging the preconfigured Pomodoro technique for efficient studying
  4. Creating recurring routines for school days to stay ahead
  5. Creating activities for each day's classes and letting the real-time countdown timer motivate you through the day
  6. Harnessing Tiimo's "notes" feature for jotting down rushed to-dos and scheduling them later
  7. Documenting every detail—because trust me, you WILL forget.

Keeping school and private life separate

Setting boundaries to separate your school life and personal life not only increases efficiency at school, but also reduces stress. Tiimo gives us the opportunity to switch between multiple profiles, making it really easy to set homework and studying apart from everything else. By setting this up, you can create a harmonious balance between your academic responsibilities and personal well-being, ultimately enhancing both aspects of your life.

Enabling notifications and using Tiimo’s widgets

Out of sight, out of mind. I’m sure many can relate to this. Tiimo’s reminders and widgets are a blessing and have saved me more times than I’d like to admit. Forgetting things is absolutely normal and it happens to everyone. Instead of beating yourself up about forgotten appointments and homework, make sure to enable Tiimo’s notifications and add their widgets to your home screen. Not only will this make your home screen look more stylish, but it will also save you from a lot of unnecessary stress and unpleasant situations.

My beloved activity called ‘Pomodoro’

Studying the whole night before an exam is not only one of the least effective ways to study but also the most tiring and stressful. Tiimo’s premade activity called Pomodoro allows you to take breaks to calm your mind while also making studying easy, manageable, and effective. You can even set this activity up as a recurring one and it will show up every day before your exam, or however else you want to set it up. This will help you manage your study sessions and keep all the unwanted stress and anxiety away. The key to getting things done is to get them started. Trust me with Pomodoro by your side you will save so much more time to do the things you actually enjoy.

Reoccurring routines for school days

This is probably my personal favorite. I keep all kinds of routines for school days. Here are some of my favorites:

  • school day morning routine (have breakfast, brush teeth, etc.)
  • once at home (get into comfy clothes, have a snack/lunch, read a few pages)
  • study routine (Pomodoro - set it up for a specific time of the day to actually get it done)
  • School evening routine (have dinner, call a friend, go over some school notes)

Now you may ask what is the purpose of all this? Life during the exam season and endless days of just school with no holidays in sight can be really dull and depressing. As insignificant and unimportant as these small routines may seem, they truly make a difference and help you see even the small things in life as something worth appreciating. Creating seemingly insignificant routines is definitely proof of it.

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An activity for each school day's lessons

Sitting in a room for up to eight hours or more a day can feel more like forever. Creating a reoccurring activity for each school day and adding each lesson of that day to it (for example: ‘Mondays at school’ as the title and then maths, English, French, etc. in the checklist) can help a lot with motivation as you can see the circle timer close with each passing lesson. Make sure to add your classes in the correct order to make your activity align with real-time. And now after each lesson, you get to tick it off. This approach is certainly worth a try, and it even combats the challenge of time agnosia effectively.

Tiimo's Notes feature

Teachers often choose to announce homework assignments as the class is already in the process of packing up, leaving you with the assumption that you'll remember the task once you're home. However, from personal experience, that's rarely the case. This is where Tiimo's 'notes' feature, located in the top right corner of the 'my day' overview, truly proves its value. Not only does it serve as an ideal space for a quick brain dump, but it's also incredibly useful in situations like these. It allows you to swiftly jot down your to-do's without the immediate need to schedule them. Later, when you have the opportunity to, you can easily schedule them directly from the 'notes' feature, all without the hassle of creating an entirely new activity.

Write down every single thing

Trust me, you’ll forget. According to research, the average person has approximately 60,000 thoughts per day. You probably won’t remember that one great idea you had five minutes ago. Write it all down. Every single to-do, every idea, everything. Don’t rely on yourself to remember something. Feeling the need to remember something will only end with stressing about it and forgetting it anyway. This advice might seem simple, but its effectiveness is truly remarkable.

These were my, a fellow Tiimo user’s, favorite tips and tricks on how to use Tiimo to your advantage for going back to school. I hope that even just one person can benefit from these tips. I wish all of you a great going back to school season. Remember that there’s no shame in approaching things differently than others and if that means creating seemingly little and insignificant daily school routines others may find unnecessary, then be it. You do you, always.

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