We’re excited to announce My Study Life has been chosen as one of 30 start-ups to be part of BETT Futures. New for 2015, BETT Futures is a dedicated area for education start-ups at the BETT Education Show; one of the largest education technology events in the world taking place at ExCeL London from 21st – 24th January.

If you’d like to come and meet us, BETT is free to attend and we’ll be demoing the next version of our apps for the web, Windows, iPhone and Android which will be released in a few weeks’ time.

You can find out more about BETT Futures from their website. Our stand is BFG9.

With My Study Life, our mission has always been to make organizing your study life easier. Today we’re thrilled to announce we’re making it easier than ever with loads of improvements in time for the new school year.

As ever, we've been paying close attention to your feedback on how we could improve your experience when using My Study Life. One thing stood out from the rest – the ease of adding your timetables. In this update we’re adding not one but two new major additions (and many minor ones too) to make adding your timetable that much easier.

Multiple Class Times

If you have classes that occur at many different times in the same week or even on the same day you can now create a single class with multiple times. This makes adding your timetable to My Study Life significantly faster and easier. This also works if your timetable has rotates every week or day meaning you can have a single class that occurs at different times in both weeks A and B, for example.

Teacher Sharing

In many schools, at the start of every school year you’re given a new paper planner and your timetable for the year printed on a piece of paper. So we thought, why can’t we do something similar for My Study Life (but without the glue and paper)? Today we’re launching a closed beta of My Study Life for teachers at schools. As students you’ll be able to join your school (once invited by your teachers), then find and join your classes instead of adding them yourselves. As teachers you’ll be able to add your classes and see which students have joined them. This remains 100% free with no distracting adverts.

More Improvements

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

  • Tasks now track when they were completed and hide the progress slider.
  • Classes can now be assigned to academic years or terms – instead of creating a subject per year.
  • The web and Windows 8 apps have an improved calendar month view.
  • Subjects and academic years can be added when adding a class, task or exam – no more navigating back to the manage subjects/academic years list. 
  • You can now sign in using Office 365, so if your school uses Office 365, you can sign into My Study Life with the same account.
  • Reminders on the Windows 8, Windows Phone and Android apps are now set offline meaning they’re much more reliable.

If you’re a frequent user of the web app you’ll notice that not only is the new version significantly faster and more responsive but we've also refined the user interface in most parts of the app too. On top of this we’ve updated the search feature to match misspelt words (eg. searching “Cmptin” will find all classes with the subject “Computing” or visa-versa) and better ordering of results – really helpful when you’re trying to find that assignment from a few months back.

The Android app has had some tweaks too with new subject and academic year/term pickers - all in response to your feedback.

The iPhone App

We’re putting the final touches to the iPhone app and it should be released in August, exactly when will depend on how long Apple take to certify it. It includes all of the updates mentioned above as well as a beautiful user interface designed for iOS7.

The updated web app is available now, the apps for Android, Windows Phone and Windows 8 will be rolling out later this week.

To learn more about these updates, head over to our knowledge base. And as always, we’d love to hear your feedback. With the release of this update, we’re also finally able to share My Study Life’s new video – enjoy!

In the past few months, a small amount of you may have noticed that some of your classes, tasks and exams were not appearing across all of your devices. Synchronisation is a key part of My Study Life (and one of the best features in our opinion!) so over the past few weeks we've been hard at work improving the way we handle syncing your data.

Today we're happy to announce that over the next few days, updates will be available for our Windows 8, Windows Phone and Android apps that include big improvements to syncing (as well as a few bug fixes) - now syncing your data will be faster and more reliable than ever.

In response to your feedback we've also made a few changes to our Android and Windows Phone apps, here's what the updates have to offer:

A couple of tweaks to make using the app a little smoother, including:
  • A new progress bar to indicate syncing.
  • A sticky header for the calendar's week view.

Although we do not officially support Android tablets, we have also made a small change to the dashboard's appearance for larger devices. This means if you use My Study Life on a tablet such as the Nexus 7, the coloured tiles will now display side by side instead of taking up most of the screen.

Windows Phone

The latest Windows Phone update also contains improvements to the reliability of the live tile. Due to the restrictions when updating the live tile periodically, we had opted to use a network connection to update the tile. Although for the most part the live tile did update successfully, requiring a network connection meant that if you did not have a reliable network connection, the tile would not update. In the latest update, the live tile no longer needs an internet connection to update. There are still a number of factors which may prevent the live tile updating which can be found on our feedback and support site but it should now hopefully update a little more reliably.

The version numbers to watch out for are 2.0.9 for Android, 2.1.4 for Windows 8.1 and 4.1.4 for Windows Phone. If you have any suggestions, feedback or find any bugs in the updates, please let us know by adding an idea or creating a ticket on our feedback forum.

Those of you who follow us on FacebookTwitter or Google + may have noticed we've been teasing bits from our new advert recently (such as Buster, the homework and planner eating dog). The ad will be out within the next couple of months at the same time as a big update (with what we think is one of the most exciting features yet!).