One prevalent issue among high schoolers and college students is the ability to stay focused in a highly connected world. Social media, gaming, browsing, and YouTube can siphon valuable study time of students. Starting small like getting notifications, the urge to check Instagram, and watching one more video on YouTube and then ending up wasting hours online is a dilemma that our app “Trailblazer” addresses.

What it does

It is a user-friendly app that allows users to keep track of their assignments, maintain to-do lists, block distracting apps and websites, and a timer for their study sessions. It also has a Pomodoro mode, where the user enters the number of hours, he/she is willing to study and the app then creates 25-minute intervals with 10-minute breaks in between. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks.

How we built it

We created the main app in Android Studio using Java and XML languages. For teamwork cooperation, we used Git and GitHub. The graphics and logo were forged in Photoshop.

Challenges we ran into

We were clueless on how to integrate an app blocker and timer in our app. In order to overcome this hurdle we learned from the internet and YouTube, and put that knowledge into practice.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We built on our previous knowledge of Android development and Photoshop. Moreover, we had hands-on experience in software development while collaborating with our team; sharing ideas, holding meet-ups, and sharing code.

What's next for Trailblazer

We are thinking of including a personal bot that organizes student's assignments and extra-curricular activities using artificial intelligence. We also plan on including a group study feature where students can search for study-pals. Additionally, we will add a reward system. For every productive study session and on-time completion of the assignment, the student gets reward points

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