Iuvo (pronounced “yoo-voh”, Latin for “help”) is a free, beautiful, and informative-yet-simple app that aims to help college students track the progress of their degree plan and ultimately, their college career. Based on a conceptual final project, Iuvo was designed and created from the ground up by myself. Made by a college student FOR college students. With Iuvo, students can now enter their data from their degree plan and transcript into a single app and be informed with interesting data about the progress of their college career. Data such as overall GPA, GPA with transfer credit, degree plan completion, courses completed, hours completed, and grade distribution are all readily available and helps give insight to how well a student is doing in their classes. Iuvo aims to stand out when compared to other GPA calculators and similar apps. The design is bold and unique while the interface strives to be as simple as possible so that first-time users feel right at home when starting to use Iuvo. Iuvo is now available for devices running Android 4.0 or higher on the Google Play Store.
During my early years of college, I would manage my classes by writing on a copy of my degree plan. It often became messy over time and I would have to keep scratching out entries or write over them whenever I changed classes. I eventually put my degree plan in a spreadsheet and color-coded the classes by semester, which was great.
For a recent final project, my team and I came up with the idea to create a web application based on that very spreadsheet. The goal was to make a “degree plan tracker”. After about three weeks of planning and initial setup, we coded for about one week to create Iuvo. The project was a big success… for a school project, that is. In fact, I’m proud enough to boast that it was one of the best looking submissions for the class, but as far as a real-world application went, it was nowhere near close to being good.
For what it was worth, our project did track the progress of a degree plan, but the implementation wasn’t practical enough to be used by anyone. During the planning stages, my team saw things differently than I did. When working on a time budget with a team, it’s important to work efficiently and effectively. I felt it was best to follow their philosophy. As a result, the final product ended up being nothing like my spreadsheet.
Though it’s not really the next big idea, I felt that the idea of a degree plan tracker for everyone to use still needed to be done. The mobile platform seemed to be the best place to start considering that practically every college student has a cellphone. I scoured the Google Play Store and found plenty of GPA calculators, schedulers, etc. that pretty much did their job, but they didn’t exactly explain much to you about the progress of your entire college career. I wanted to Iuvo to be as simple and informative as possible. The most important part was to make it follow the core philosophy of my spreadsheet, which was the easiest way that I could visualize the progress of what I’ve achieved academically throughout my time in college.
I spent three weeks designing, coding, and testing Iuvo before publishing it to the Play Store. Initial feedback was very positive and people made many suggestions for things that they would like to see in the app. I spent two weeks fulfilling these requests to the best of my abilities. At this point, I consider Iuvo to be complete and it will be maintained regularly.
A simple idea, turned into a nice reality. I couldn’t be happier. :)
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