A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Time Timer is an extraordinarily easy-to-use, customizable timer app to help kids or adults with productivity, efficiency, and focus. Simply select a mode (depending upon the amount of time needed and how focused the person needs to be on the timer), then type in a name for the timer's purpose, set the settings, and the timer is ready to go. Up to four timers can be saved at once.
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What's it about?
Simply tap "Add Timer" to create a new timer (check that awake mode is on in your device's settings so the timer doesn't shut off), then a stopwatch-style timer appears. Swipe around to set the desired time, name the timer, and adjust the mode and settings. There are many options including sound of the timer when it's complete, number of plays, and color.
Is it any good?
Has your kid ever grumbled when asked to do something, then changed their response to excitement when you add, "I'll time you"? Now you can time them doing all sorts of things -- homework, reading, time-outs between siblings, bedtime routine -- with this practical, useful tool that can help adults and kids with time management. Once users create their timer(s), the app runs very smoothly. It's quite self-explanatory, and there are a number of prompts for new users. Just make sure your device's settings are on "awake" mode, so it doesn't enter sleep mode and that battery life isn't low, which could cause it to shut down. If you or your kid needs help staying on task, TIME TIMER could become one of those essential apps you use multiple times a day.
Talk to your kids about ...
Encourage your kids to use Time Timer during study sessions to help them stay focused and take breaks at appropriate intervals (15 to 30 minutes is often recommended).
To model behavior, consider using this app yourself during tasks that you find less than fun or in which you need to become more efficient.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Skills: Self-Direction: motivation, time management, working efficiently
Emotional Development: handling stress
- Pricing structure: Paid ($2.99)
- Release date: July 26, 2019
- Category: Productivity
- Size: 40.50 MB
- Publisher: Time Timer LLC
- Version: 3.3.6
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.3 or later; Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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