My Study Life’s dashboard lets you quickly get overview of what’s next. Whether you need to know where your next class is, the assignments you need to complete soon or if there any upcoming exams, it’s all on the dashboard. With our latest update, we’ve redesigned the dashboard to be more useful than ever.

We wanted the new dashboard to offer a familiar experience across all devices whilst providing more information and keeping that information quick and easy to digest. To do this, we’ve split the dashboard into 3 areas, each with their own dial (or two). We chose dials as they communicate a lot of information at once – perfect for the dashboard on small devices, such as a phone. The areas will appear as columns on the web app, or tabs on mobile.

Today

As you’d expect, the today tab will let you know which classes and exams for the current day. If you’re lucky enough to be on holiday, it will let you know about that too.

To help keep track of where you are in the day, we’ve added a timeline. This indicates the time until your next class or how long is left in the current one. Classes and exams will also change their appearance depending on whether they’re past, current or in the future.

Redesigning the class and exam list has also enabled us to show more information, including whether you have any tasks due for a class or exam (and if they’re incomplete or not).

Along with your classes and exams for the current day we’ve also added information about your next school day. If you don’t have any classes, exams or tasks due tomorrow My Study Life will show the next day you have something on. This means if you don’t have classes or tasks to complete on a weekend, you’ll see information about Monday, or, if you’re on holiday you’ll be shown the next day after your holiday.

Tasks

The dashboard’s tasks tab is a focused list of tasks that require immediate action – such as those incomplete and due in the next 3 days, or ones which are (hopefully not) overdue.

Exams

It’s always useful to get advanced warning about upcoming exams, so we’ve added a list of exams that occur in the next 7 days to the dashboard. The exam list will also indicate how many revision tasks they have due, to help keep you on top of any revision in the run-up to the exam.

In addition to the new dashboard, we’ve also made tweaks and improvements to other areas of the apps:

  • Tasks can now be added right from the dashboard.
  • We’ve overhauled the color options with new, brighter colors.
  • Tasks now indicate how long until they are due or overdue by.
  • Exams now show the time remaining until they occur.
  • The web app has had some UI improvements.
  • We’ve increased the number of possible rotation days to 20.
  • The grouping of tasks and exams has been improved on the web app to match the mobile apps.

 

The updated web app is available now at app.mystudylife.com with the Android and iOS apps rolling out over the next few days. Let us know what you think on FacebookTwitter or in our feedback forum.

Here at My Study Life we're proud of our cross-platform support. Each platform we support has a native app that looks a little different so it feels at home on your device. So today we're thrilled to introduce our Material Design update for Android, just in time for back to school.

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We've made changes to every screen in the app, from small tweaks on some screens to a complete redesign on others, aligning the app with Google's Material Design guidelines - the app even has an updated icon! We've also listened to your feedback and made small additions to the app such as showing the task’s progress in the list and making it more obvious when a task has been completed.

Not Just a Redesign

The update is more than just a redesign. We've also made changes to make the app even easier to use

  • All screens (except the calendar month) now rotate when your phone is landscape.
  • Task and exam lists are now intelligently grouped by date, ranging from "Due Tomorrow" to "August 2015", making it faster to skim through a large list and find the task or exam you were looking for.
  • When creating a subject, the app will automatically default to a color you haven’t used (if there is one).
  • Greatly improved date prediction when adding academic years, terms and holidays.
  • Class with lots of days that don’t fit on a single line are automatically abbreviated.
  • The app will warn you if you have unsaved changes and you hit the back button instead of save.
  • On Android Lollipop and above, the notifications are colored as they would be in the app.
  • The incomplete and overdue tasks notification lists the tasks in the notification.

 

You can grab the update from the Google Play Store today. Let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter or in our feedback forum.

Today we’re excited to announce the addition of holidays to My Study Life. This update not only adds support for holidays but also improves the way week and day rotation schedules are handled.

From Classes to Schedule

As with any major feature, the addition of holidays presented us with a big challenge to keep My Study Life's ease-of-use and cross-platform familiarity. With this update, we believe we've made it easier than ever to setup and manage your schedule. We've replaced the 'Classes' screen with a brand new 'Schedule' screen. Just like the classes screen, the schedule screen is home to your classes and where you can manage your academic years, terms and subjects. Holidays will appear alongside your classes and we've made adding and editing academic years easier too.

Holidays have been integrated into every aspect of My Study Life. In the calendar, on the dashboard and even in the live tile for our Windows apps. Whilst holidays mean you are not at school, college or university we know this doesn't always mean you don’t have any assignments to complete. If you do, My Study Life will let you know on the dashboard.

As you'd expect recurring classes won't be scheduled for holidays meaning you won't receive any reminders for classes during holidays. One-off classes, tasks and exams can still be scheduled for holidays, but we’ll show you a helpful message to confirm before you add it.

Improving Rotation Schedules

We've changed how you setup rotation schedules, moving the settings from the timetable settings screen to academic years. Gone is the current week/day setting, replaced with a much more intuitive one; simply set which rotation week or day is the first day of the academic year. Holidays can optionally push the schedule rather than skipping classes too. To make adding those confusing rotation schedules that little bit easier, when adding holidays My Study Life will let you know which rotation week or day will be the first after the holiday.

For those of you who have already added academic years, we've updated them from your existing timetable settings already. If you haven’t added academic years, you’ll need to add them manually to in order to add holidays.

More

In addition to this, on every platform we've added new features and improved the performance and experience in everyday use.

  • The first day of the week can now be set for those of you whose week doesn't start on Sunday!
  • When marking an overdue task as complete, the list view won’t change from 'Current' to 'Past'. The task will instead automatically disappear from the 'Current' list (mobile devices) or disappear when the task is closed or another task is selected (web/Windows 8).
  • URLs in task descriptions are now automatically detected and clickable.
  • The calendar now has a today button, taking you back to the current week or month.
  • On mobile devices, the current day is highlighted in the calendar. The timeline is now only shown for the current week too.
  • The calendar week view will automatically scroll to your first class.
  •  Tasks are shown for the selected day in the calendar month view on mobile devices (this was already a feature of the web app).

We've also made some big changes to the calendar in the Android app. It’s faster, swipeable and the calendar week view now rotates when your phone is landscape.

All of our apps have numerous other tweaks and improvements that you should notice in everyday use.

To suggest other ideas, give feedback or if you need support head over to over feedback and support portal.