Common Sense Review
Updated October 2016

My Study Life

Organizational tool makes managing complex schedules a cinch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating
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  • The app's dashboard is clean and easy to use.
  • The individual class view shows which tasks are due and which are overdue.
  • See all schedule details at a glance.
  • Assignment progress can be tracked by a slider bar.
  • Reminders can be set to inform you of a class about to start or an assignment due date.
Pros
Easy-to-use interface allows students to stay organized and on top of class expectations effectively.
Cons
Students must be compelled to enter the information on their own; rewards and a social experience are missing.
Bottom Line
If they can make it a habit, students will love staying on top of assignments and test dates with this handy, pocket-sized "personal assistant."
Elizabeth Lambert
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

The interface is organized and intuitive; still, that may not be enough for students to keep them coming back. Given the opportunity to view class schedules, assignments, and task dates, juggling multiple classes is effortless.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Productivity is the main goal of My Study Life. Students will learn very valuable time-management and organizational skills the more they use this product on a daily basis.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

With links to a self-guided tour, a blog, and a FAQ page, students will be able to find answers to their questions with ease. Online rewards and opportunities for social sharing could make the experience more useful. 

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Teachers can encourage students to use My Study Life in place of paper calendars or agendas. Since the app is available on so many platforms, students will always have access to their personal schedules no matter what device they have access to. Be sure to have students meet class expectations by setting alerts, and remind them to encourage each other to "keep at it."

With My Study Life, challenge students to take charge of their own learning and stay on top of class meeting dates and when due dates are approaching for projects and tests. Excuses stemming from disorganization issues may be lessened or eliminated completely with this easy-to-use scheduling tool.

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What's It Like?

My Study Life takes a student's class list, assignments, test dates, and to-do list items and organizes them all into one very easy-to-use app. To get started, create an account using either an email address and a password or a Facebook, Google+, or Windows 365 account. A self-guided tour helps to familiarize users with the app's features.

Select the defaults for your class start times and durations, and then you're on your way to customizing your schedule. After setting up your new academic year, create your first class by filling in the blanks for the subject, room number, building title, teacher, days occurring, and so on. After all classes are entered, assignments and due dates for each class can be imported; you can also import things such as to-do lists, upcoming exams, and even important reminders.

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Is It Good For Learning?

If students use My Study Life with consistency, it has the potential to build time-management skills. Although this tool doesn't specifically focus on one certain subject area, it does help students to be more successful in all their classes by keeping them organized and on top of assignments, tests, and important due dates.

It would be nice if My Study Life provided extra motivations for students to stay organized, such as digital rewards and badges, or the opportunity to share with other students. Still, the intuitive interface, self-guided tour, and FAQ all help to support students develop healthy habits; missing important dates may no longer be an issue.

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