The Best Study Planner for Academic Success

Better grades. Less stress. More fun.

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Empower Your Student With a Second Brain 🧠

From Peter Placek

Denver, CO

Dear parent,

My goal is to help your student get better grades with less stress and more time for fun.


By gifting them a second brain 🧠—one that will keep them organized so their actual brain can focus on studying.


Because that’s what I needed when I was a student at Harvard, but there was no tool available to help me.

So, I built it for your student. It’s called Shovel.

The Shovel Difference


Our “time-blocking” study planner, allows students to easily plan your tasks into specific study times, ensuring they stay on track and meet every deadline.

The Cushion Calculator

Meanwhile the Cushion Calculator monitors their available study time against the demands of each task, alerting them if they need to adjust their schedule WAYYY before they run into trouble.

To quote Kayla, one of our users:

Kayla - Shovel Student from Tampa University

“Shovel is a LIFESAVER.”

Watch how Shovel works:

5 Steps to Stress-Free A’s

1- Uncover Available Study Time

Students can quickly build their ideal schedule and uncover their available study time. Shovel keeps track of their available study time to calculate if they have enough time to get things done.

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Task Start Dates and Estimates

2- Know How Long Each Task Will Take

Students can organize every task from every class in one place and always know how long each task will take and when to get started.

P.S. Shovel calculates the time needed for each reading automatically.

3- Plan Tasks Into Specific Study Times

This is called time-blocking and it’s like setting appointments for getting specific tasks done. It merges your student’s calendar with their to-do list and maximizes their productivity.

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The Cushion in Shovel

4- Be 100% Sure to Meet Every Deadline!

Shovel calculates if your student has time to get everything done on time, or if they need to change your schedule.

We call it the Cushion and it lets your student see into the future, so they never run into trouble! No other app can do that.

5- Visualize The Past And The Future

Students stay encouraged by checking out what they’ve accomplished and stay on track by seeing what’s coming up.

Powerful Analytics in Shovel

Everything in One Place

Shovel Syncs with School Systems and Calendars

Students can connect calendars and import their tasks from Canvas, Brightspace, Moodle, and Google Classroom into Shovel. When things change, Shovel updates automatically.

Who Is Shovel For?

For students who want to dig in and get stuff done.

Not for creators, professionals, or school administrators.

Shovel has one purpose — to help students get better grades with less stress. That’s it.

Charlotte - Shovel User

“I went from almost failing to straight A’s in upper-level neuroscience thanks to the Shovel Study System.”

Charlotte, BU

Incoming College Students: Starting college on the right foot is key to their success.

Current College Students: Boosting their study methods with Shovel will help them achieve higher grades with less stress.

High School Students: The perfect time is now. Shovel will not only help them gain admission to prestigious schools but also smooth their transition to college.

Neurodivergent Students: Shovel is a tested ally for students with ADD/ADHD, as validated by our user reviews:

5 Star Review For Shovel Study Planner

Miracle for ADHD

I actually don’t know what I would do without this app! I have ADHD and planners have NEVER worked for me. I end up forgetting about them and they don’t help. The only thing I’ve EVER found that actually helps me not miss assignments and due dates is a combination of Shovel and Google Calendar. I’m currently a straight A student in college and have never missed a single assignment or been blindsided by an exam thanks to Shovel. Forever grateful for this app.

– Jake (Purdue)

5 Star Review For Shovel Study Planner

Shovel Is The Brain I Wish I Had

The best school planner out there. I have horrible ADHD, and simply cannot filter, prioritize, and plan the way Shovel’s algorithm does. My brain crashes just looking at a todo list. Shovel is the brain I wish I had. It guides me through planning based on how much time I have vs how many hours each task will need to be completed by the due date. I just select study time slots and fill them with task time.

– Olivia (USC)

What Makes Shovel So Effective?

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1. Student-Centric Design: Unlike other planners, Shovel is tailored exclusively for students. Everything they need, and nothing that you don’t.

2. Supported by Science: Shovel helps students implement well-established time management principles, helping them develop routines that lead to better grades.

3. Integrated Task Management: Shovel’s advanced features support detailed planning and tracking of study sessions, with seamless integration into leading educational platforms.

4. Adaptive Scheduling: Unlike paper planners, Shovel is dynamic, updating in real-time to adapt to changes in student’s schedule and task demands.

5. Time-Blocking Methodology: Shovel employs a time-blocking strategy that is particularly beneficial for students seeking improved productivity.

6. Predictive Analysis: Beyond organization, Shovel offers predictive analytics, allowing students to anticipate their academic journey and make proactive adjustments.

7. Action-Oriented: Shovel inspires action by merging past accomplishments with future objectives, promoting a well-rounded academic and social life.

8. Balanced Approach: Encouraging the “work hard, play harder” ethos, Shovel helps students enjoy their college experience while achieving high academic performance.

9. Transformative System: More than an app, Shovel is a comprehensive study system created from a student’s perspective to revolutionize academic habits and outcomes.

Shovel Is a “Time-Blocking” Study Planner…

Stop Feeling Overwhelmed

…but What Does That Mean?

It means assigning individual tasks into the calendar for specific durations of time. 

Your Student’s Life On Drugs Time-Blocking

Eliminates Procrastination: Time-blocking sets clear times for tasks, making sure students get down to business when they need to.

Working With Intensity: By planning each task for a specific time, students feel naturally motivated to get it done during the designated time-frame.

Free Mind: Study sessions are set up in advance, letting students dive in without hesitation or worry.

BONUS #1: The REAL Study Plan Secrets (Course)

The Real Study Plan Secrets Course

“How To Build The Perfect Study Plan”

Total Value: $297

When I started to turn things around at Harvard, I didn’t have Shovel yet.

I had to do things manually, which took more time, but I still got great results.

That’s because I discovered the secret to college success.

I realized I could have it all. The grades and the fun.

But I needed a REAL Study Plan.

A Fool With a Tool Is Still a Fool!

You can’t expect great results from a powerful tool without understanding the principles behind it.

That’s why I created a course that will teach your student how to build a REAL Study Plan. 

It will teach them how to create a study plan that will get them the best grades while exerting the least amount of willpower.

Get This For FREE When You Get Shovel Today!

BONUS #2: The 80/20 College Success Masterclass

The 80/20 College Success Masterclass

“How To Study To Get Easy A’s”

Total Value: $297

Having a study plan is the foundation for getting perfect grades, but students can waste a lot of time if they don’t know how to study effectively.

That’s why we built an evidence-based course on how to study effectively.

It will empower your student to get the most out of their study time without wasting time on techniques that don’t work.

We call the course the “80/20 College Success Masterclass” based on the Pareto principle that 20% of study habits deliver 80% of the results. But in this case, it’s more like 99%.

Get This For FREE When You Get Shovel Today!

BONUS #3: The College-Level Essay Blueprint

The College Essay Blueprint

“How To Write in College”

Total Value: $197

Your student will be writing a lot in college and it’s not obvious that their high school prepared them for college-level papers.

Planning out essays and writing well is essential and a significant part of your student’s grades.

You want to make sure they know exactly what to do when they get assigned essays and research papers.

The College-Level Essay Blueprint will guide your student through every writing assignment.

And if they are still in high school. Even better! They’ll know how to plan and write amazing papers before stepping on campus!

Get This For FREE When You Get Shovel Today!

Everything Your Student Gets

Everything You Get

Necessities for an amazing college experience.

The Shovel Study System

Everything You Get

Why College Grades Matter

Why College Grades Matter

America is tough. Help your student make the money they are worth.

Most incoming college students think that their college GPA doesn’t matter.

But they couldn’t be more wrong! The best companies and graduate schools want only the best college students.

Their GPA is a proxy for capability, hard work, and attitude.

Make sure your student doesn’t close the doors on a high-income future by doing less than their best. 

College should be fun, but it’s also a time to be serious. 

That’s why your student needs a study plan to achieve both.

College Success Starts Here

Gift Shovel

And help your student dig in!


That’s Less Than $20/Month

Everything You Get
  • Shovel Study Planner
  • Uncover Your Available Study Time
  • Know How Long Each Task Will Take
  • Plan Each Task Into Your Calendar
  • Know if You Can Meet Every Deadline
  • Track and Adjust On-the-Go
  • How To Build a Study Plan - Course (FREE)
  • 80/20 College Success Masterclass (FREE)
  • Blueprint for Writing Essays in College (FREE)

Who is the account for?

Everything You Get
  • Shovel Study Planner
  • Uncover Your Available Study Time
  • Know How Long Each Task Will Take
  • Plan Each Task Into Your Calendar
  • Know if You Can Meet Every Deadline
  • Track and Adjust On-the-Go
  • How To Build a Study Plan - Course (FREE)
  • 80/20 College Success Masterclass (FREE)
  • Blueprint for Writing in College (FREE)
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