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MSVU student creating app to help other students stay organized

Megan Cook hopes to fully launch Studentgizor this fall
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Mount Saint Vincent University (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

A fourth-year Mount Saint Vincent University student is developing an app to help other post-secondary students stay organized.

"Basically when a student is enrolled in a class, you're given an outline," explained Megan Cook. "Your outline has your test dates, your assignments, quiz dates, everything that's important to that class is within this outline."

"Sometimes these outlines are 10 pages long. If you're in 5 classes, it's just too much."

That's where Cook's Studentgizor comes in. The app will compile all the information and create a downloadable monthly template.

"It has your tests, your studies, your quiz dates for that month," she told NEWS 95.7 fill-in host Todd Veinotte. 

"It really is focusing on organization and structuring students so they can take the time and focus on their academic material."

Cook believes the technology could be particularly useful for those with learning disabilities.

She plans to work with student unions so incoming students are aware of the product before the start of the semester.

And Cook believes there could be expansion opportunities.

"Right now we're at the university level, we're really targeting first-year university students. The transition from high school to university, I think that's the most stressful time," she said. "But I've also gotten so much feedback from people who need help at the high school level."

Cook is a mature student at MSVU. After graduating high school, she attended Mount Allison University, but dropped out after her father died and headed out West to work.

"I got frustrated with the roles I was getting. I felt like I needed more, I felt like I needed my education," she explained. "I decided to quit my full-time job, literally jump in my car and drive back to Halifax. I enrolled at The Mount."

She's now on track to graduate this fall from the school's Bachelor of Business Administration program, majoring in management.

This fall is also when she plans to fully launch Studentgizor, "so this whole summer is going to be app development, which I'm really excited about," she said.



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