Calendar

Website URLs placed in any of the "Comments" fields will become clickable links when hovering over an assignment for quick details.

After an assignment is complete, its grade cannot be calculated toward its class until it is saved as "Complete" with a valid grade entered. There are several ways to enter grades:

  • Percentage - 82%
  • Raw score - 33.62/41

Both of these grades are 82%, but how you enter them affects your overall grades differently. 82% is out of 100 points, whereas 33.62 is out of 41 points.

If your teacher returns an assignment to you with simply a percentage grade, entering that percentage is fine. But anytime your teacher returns an assignment with a points-based score, always enter the points into Helium.

This additional point information is essential to help Helium calculate the most accurate grade possible for your categories, classes, and academic terms.

  • On the "Settings" page, click the "Preferences" tab
  • Click "+ Feed" near the bottom to add a new External Calendar
  • Click on the "URL" of the newly created feed and past the Google Calendar XML feed URL (instructions for getting this URL can be found here)
  • Ensure "Enabled" is checked for the newly created feed
  • Click the "Save" button
  • The default calendar view, color events are shown as, and default parameters for new reminders can all be changed on the "Settings" page under click the "Preferences".

    To enable text message reminders, on the "Settings" page under "Personal Info", ensure a valid cell phone and carrier are provided.

    After clicking "Save", you will receive a 6-digit verification code in a text message to this number. Enter the verification code on the "Settings" page and click "Save" again.

    Once these details are provided and the phone number verified, "Text" will be listed as a reminder type when adding a reminder for an assignment or event.

    To disable text message reminders, simply remove the cell phone number, carrier, or both on the "Settings" page.

    Note: Don't see your carrier? Email us the name of your provider and we'll try to get it added to the list.

    Classes

    The following fields are useful to fill out for a class, if shown, as they will be used when showing class and assignment information on the calendar:

    • Website - the name of the class will be a clickable link
    • Room - when assignment information is given, the class name and room number will be shown
    • Schedule - when an assignment is added for a class on a day given in the schedule, the start/end time for the assignment will be set automatically
    • Categories - when viewing assignment details, category information will be shown

    Classes for a group can be hidden from the calendar by saving the class group with "Hide this group, including its classes and content, on the Calendar" checked.

    Hiding a class group on the calendar causes all classes within the group, including all associated categories and assignments, to not be shown anywhere on the calendar.

    This may be useful when classes for one academic term have ended, but you don't necessarily want to delete the group from Helium. Hiding the group on the calendar allows you to keep the group without cluttering the calendar.

    When viewing the list of classes, the "Name" field for a given material will be a clickable website link if the "Website" field for the class has been specified.

    To enable weighted grading for a class, specifying a "Weight" for at least one category from the class.

    Setting a categories weight to "0" will disable the weight for that category and the category will then be shown as having a weight of "N/A".

    Note that if weighted grading is enabled for a class, the category weights should total 100%. If the category weights do not total 100%, grading calculations will almost certainly be inaccurate.

    To disable weighted grading for a class, ensure all categories have "N/A" listed for in the "Weight" column.

    Materials

    Materials can and should be associated with one or more classes. To do this, select the classes for which the material will be used from the "Classes" field when editing the material.

    Associating a material with a class will cause the material to show up in the list of "Materials" when adding an assignment on the calendar for a class. If a material is not associated with the class for which the assignment is being created, the material will not be shown in the list.

    Materials for a group can be hidden from the calendar by saving the material group with "Hide materials in this group on the Calendar" checked.

    Hiding a material group on the calendar causes all materials within the group, even those associated with a class, to not be shown in the list of "Materials" when adding an assignment.

    This may be useful when materials for one academic term are no longer necessary, but you don't necessarily want to delete the group from Helium. Hiding the group on the calendar allows you to keep the group without cluttering the calendar.

    When viewing the list of materials, the "Name" field for a given material will be a clickable website link if the "Website" field for the material has been specified.
    Website URLs placed in any of the "Details" fields will become clickable links when viewing the list of materials.

    Grades

    The "Weight Distribution" chart is shown when a class uses weighted grading. This chart indicates how a grade in each category will affect your overall grade for a class. For instance, if you receive a grade of 100% for an assignment in a category weighted 50%, that will have a much more significant impact on your overall class grade than the 65% grade you received for an assignment in a category weighted just 10%.

    The "Current Grade Distribution" chart is shown when a class uses weighted grading. This chart indicates which categories are contributing most, if at all, to your overall class grade. If a weight is not shown on this chart but is shown in the "Weight Distribution" chart, that means no grades for that weight have yet been recorded in Helium.

    This graph is a sort of progress report for your current grade as you work your way through the semester. It will likely closely match the "Weight Distribution" chart. In fact if you were to receive 100% on every assignment for every category, this chart would be identical to the "Weight Distribution" chart. When trying to understand what assignment grades will have the most impact on your current grade, this chart is more relevant than the "Weight Distribution" chart.

    Arrows may appear next to grades for an academic term, class, or category. If an arrow appears, it means, in the most basic terms, that your grade is either going up or going down.

    More specifically, these arrows indicate the trend of your grade over the course of the class or academic term. This is an important distinction since receiving one or two new grades may not necessarily switch the direction of the arrow.

    For example, let's say you're halfway through your semester and, unfortunately, you receive a 73% on your midterm. You're worried this might adversely affect your overall grade, which had previously been excellent, but after recording the grade, you notice the green arrow still pointing up next to the grade for this class. What this indicates is that, taking all grades for this class into account (and their weights toward the overall grade, if applicable), your grade is still trending up, even though you received a worse-than-usual grade on your midterm.

    Account

    1. On the "Settings" page, click the "Purchase" tab
    2. Click on one of the payment buttons and you will be redirected to our payment gateway
    3. Once you have completed payment, you will be redirected back to Helium
    4. You now have access to all the best features of Helium!
    1. Launch Get Organized
    2. From the "File" menu, select "Backup" and save the backup file to your computer
    3. On the "Settings" page, click the "Import/Export" tab
    4. Select the "Get Organized backup" option
    5. Click "Choose File" and select the backed up Get Organized file you saved to your computer
    6. Click the "Import" button

    Note: If importing a Get Organized backup fails, email your backup file to us and we'll help you straighten out the issue.

    1. On the "Settings" page, click the "Account" tab
    2. Click the "Delete Account" button and enter your account password
    3. Clicking the "OK" button will log you out and permanently delete your account and all data associated with your account

    Glossary

    Assignment
    Items on the calendar that are for a class and can be marked as "complete". Forinstance, a paper, exam, reading assignment, or study session. Grades can be given to assignments.

    Category
    Categories are used to group assignments for a class, which is useful for both organizational and grading purposes.

    Category Weight
    If a weight is given to a class's category, weighted grading is enabled for that class. Whether or not categories should be weighted is usually specified in the syllabus give to you by your instructor.

    Event
    Items on the calendar that can be used for anything. An event is simply time you are setting aside in your schedule to do something, whether it's a concert, class meeting, or a nap. Events cannot be given a grade, nor are they required to be marked as "complete" when done.

    iCal
    A standard file format for transfering calendars between different programs. For instance, you could export your Google Calendar in iCal format and import that schedule into Helium.

    Group (Class)
    A class group is a set of classes within the same academic term, where an "academicterm" is whatever period system your school uses (semester, quarter, trimester, etc.). Groups have astart and an end date (for instance, the beginning and end of a semester). Grades for all classes withinthe group contribute toward the group's overall grade.

    Group (Material)
    Material groups help to better organize your materials. For instance, you might categorize by type of material ("Textbooks", "Supplies", and "Technology"), or you might categorize by class ("Speech 101" and "Sports Medicine").

    Material
    An item needed for a class or assignment. For instance, textbooks, a laptop, calculate, or notebook.

    Mobile

    A mobile version of Helium is available by pointing your device's browser to the Helium website. Certain functionality that is not compatible with mobile devices has been limited or disabled.