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It’s time for students to get prepped for action, and these days this means ensuring your browser is set up to be efficient, save you time and keep you organized.

Perhaps you’re one of many lucky people who have just gotten a Chromebook for the new school year Best Chromebooks for Students in 2016 Best Chromebooks for Students in 2016 If you're heading back to school this fall, you might want to consider a Chromebook. They're perfect for students (I should know -- I'm a recent graduate myself) because they're cheap, light, fast, and do... Read More . Or, you just might be a Google Chrome user who wants to set things up just right in your browser. Here’s how.

Set Up Chrome Syncing

First of all, you’re going to want to make sure your Chrome settings follow you on all of your devices. Most of us have a laptop, a desktop and a mobile phone, plus maybe an iPod or a tablet for occasional use. If you’re going to go to the effort of setting up your browser to make your studies easier 5 Study Skills Every Online Student Needs To Have For Beating Failure 5 Study Skills Every Online Student Needs To Have For Beating Failure It's not the content, the professors, or the assignments by any means. Actually, it's the format. With online courses, everything relies on you. There's no schedule to follow, no classes to sit through, no professors... Read More , you should make sure those settings are the same everywhere.

Chrome-Sync-Settings

Head into your Chrome settings and scroll to the bottom, where you’ll see the “People” section. Set up the Google account you want to use in order to keep your data in sync, then click on “Advanced Sync Settings” to choose exactly what you want to keep in sync. Personally, I like to keep all of my extensions, apps, autofill, and the rest in sync just because it’s simpler for me that way. Especially when you’re going to the effort of finding the exact extensions for your needs.

Get The Best Office Apps & Extensions

Students need to have access to a wide range of document-creating apps, and these days many great options can be found as Chrome apps and extensions Change the Way You Learn & Teach with 15 Educational Chrome Extensions Change the Way You Learn & Teach with 15 Educational Chrome Extensions Your school might not be going with Google for Classrooms yet, but you can start your own initiative with the most ubiquitous Google tools of all – Chrome with its ocean of educational apps and... Read More . Regardless of whether you have great student applications on your laptop 5 Reasons Linux Can Help You Become a Better Student 5 Reasons Linux Can Help You Become a Better Student You might be thinking about purchasing some new software for heading back to school, but have you thought about trying a new operating system? Linux might be perfect for you — here's why. Read More , having options ready and waiting for you within Chrome can be incredibly useful. For instance, you could then jump on to anybody’s Chromebook, log in to your Google account and have all the apps and documents at your fingertips.

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As for what you’ll need, start with text editors, spreadsheet tools, email, graphic editing tools, simple diagramming tools, and cloud storage for documents. You might choose to use Google extensions The 13 Best Chrome Extensions by Google You Probably Aren't Using The 13 Best Chrome Extensions by Google You Probably Aren't Using Personalize your browsing with these must-have extensions from Google. Among the thousands of Chrome extensions in the Google Web Store, some are developed by Google. These are the best picks from Google itself. Read More , such as Docs, Google Sheets and other apps that use Google Drive 7 New Google Drive Features Every Student Must Know 7 New Google Drive Features Every Student Must Know School is in session and Google is ready to make things easier for students with Google Drive. New features have been introduced and old ones refined. We have the details. Read More , or you might prefer to install Microsoft Office Online, OneDrive and Word Online.

Think carefully through all the apps you use for your studies The Best 20 Apps for Students to Get Through a Day of School The Best 20 Apps for Students to Get Through a Day of School Whether you're in high school, entering college as a freshman, or rounding out an advanced degree, these apps should be at the top of your back-to-school shopping list! Read More on a weekly basis, and make sure you’ve got a Chrome app or extension 12 New Chrome Extensions You'll Want in 2016 12 New Chrome Extensions You'll Want in 2016 Here are 12 new extensions that prove Chrome is the browser to stick with. You will definitely want to try these out. Read More to do the same thing. This could save you a lot of stress if you’ve got an assignment due and need to work on it or you find yourself using a Chromebook Make an Easy Switch to Chromebook Now (and Never Look Back) Make an Easy Switch to Chromebook Now (and Never Look Back) I've adopted, studied every Windows OS, adapted, and eventually learned to love each of them for different reasons. Are you curious to know why as of today, I'm a Chromebook guy? Read More (these are becoming more and more common in libraries and Internet cafés).

Set Up Extensions To Keep You Productive

Along with your regular apps to do all your work, you need to think about how to stay organized. A calendar, a good to-do list (like Todoist), a citation formatter, a dictionary, a student timetable extension, and a homework planner can really help you get things done on time.

Then there are the extensions you need to keep you focused Hack Your Daily Habits with These Excellent Chrome Extensions Hack Your Daily Habits with These Excellent Chrome Extensions Can you use Chrome extensions to stick to a routine and build habits? Set up your Chrome browser with these selected extensions and get into a habit loop. Read More on your work, like a Pomodoro timer, StayFocusd or Focus to eliminate distractions, many different music apps 20 Awesome Music Extensions for Chrome 20 Awesome Music Extensions for Chrome For those of us who love using Chrome for our daily browsing, having the perfect music extensions on hand is pretty much essential to enjoying the day. Music is life. Read More , and Noisli to give you some background noise. These extensions may seem trivial, but they can really help to improve your study patterns and make effective use of your time.

Use Extensions to Keep Yourself Motivated

While productivity 25 Chrome Extensions to Make You More Productive 25 Chrome Extensions to Make You More Productive We hear so much about productivity. How do we become more productive? What can help us be extra productive? Which tools make us the most productive? Read More is all well and good, sometimes you actually need a little bit of inspiration to get you going. A gorgeous new tab page 12 Gorgeous Chrome New Tab Extensions You've Probably Never Tried 12 Gorgeous Chrome New Tab Extensions You've Probably Never Tried You open a new tab when you have a destination in mind, so your eyes are going to rest on it only for a few seconds. Wouldn't you like the tab to look beautiful? Read More with a great quote can really motivate you — I use Momentum for this, but there are hundreds of beautiful and productive new tab extensions 10 Most Productive New Tab Extensions For Google Chrome 10 Most Productive New Tab Extensions For Google Chrome When you start a new tab in a browser, are you looking to go somewhere or are you looking for information to come to you? Google Chrome has many extensions to make it productive. Read More to choose from.

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Get Ready to Go Offline

Now, you’re not always going to have Internet access while you’re studying. Maybe you’ve got a quiet spot on campus that doesn’t have WiFi, or a commute on public transport. Either way, you’re going to need to be able to stay productive when you’re offline.

Thankfully, Chrome makes going offline easy for you 13 Best Chrome Extensions and Apps to Work Offline 13 Best Chrome Extensions and Apps to Work Offline No Internet on the go? Don't worry, you can still have a productive day on your Chromebook or other laptop if you do a little prep work. Here's how. Read More . In an effort to ensure all Chromebooks are useful even when offline Chromebooks Don't Work Offline? Debunking the Myths Chromebooks Don't Work Offline? Debunking the Myths One of the biggest criticisms aimed at Google's Chromebooks is that they are online-only machines – ergo, no Internet, no point. How true is this statement? Read More , Google has essentially made sure that all people using the Chrome Browser can remain productive when offline. And this is good for a student who is often out and about.

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Most of the best office, productivity and reading extensions are still usable offline Take Your Reading Offline With These 5 Chrome Apps Take Your Reading Offline With These 5 Chrome Apps Thanks to Chrome's offline apps, you don't need to rely on the Internet to catch up on your e-reading. Read More , which means you can stay productive at any time, anywhere.

If you use Google Drive, head to the settings in the Drive web app and check the box to sync your documents for offline editing. This will also install the Google Drive extension to Chrome and ensure you’ve always got access to your files, and can keep working on your assignments regardless of Internet access.

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Check out the Chrome Web Store for the full selection of offline-enabled apps and extensions. There’s a checkbox to filter for those that run offline.

Develop a System for Your Bookmarks

Most people are pretty disorganized when it comes to bookmarks, but it will be of great benefit to you if you actually make an effort to create some sort of system for your bookmarking. And while some people swear by not bookmarking sites any more, in Chrome a bookmarked site will be one of the top options in the omnibar or your search results if you use the Chrome app launcher to search How to Make the Most out of the Chrome App Launcher How to Make the Most out of the Chrome App Launcher The Chrome App Launcher is a powerful tool that can do so much more than simply open programs. It can make a range of web-based tasks faster, easier, and more streamlined. Here's how. Read More on your Chromebook.

So, for instance, you can bookmark that awkward URL for your online course login page, rather than navigating to the main site and clicking through every time to find the login page. The next time you start typing in the course domain you’ll see the actual URL you want in the omnibar list and can click on it.

My own tactic is to use the bookmarks bar as a launcher for all my favorite web apps, by simply bookmarking the site and editing the bookmark to remove the name, so it’s just the favicon showing. The rest of my bookmarks are in folders and sub-folders, with the top-level folders well chosen so I can separate work from play and easily find whatever I need.

More Advice For Students

If you’re using a laptop for school, don’t forget to get more power in the form of a powerbank Best Pokemon Go Power Bank Best Pokemon Go Power Bank Pokemon Go beats the heck out of a phone's battery. Squeezing a bit more Pokemon-catching juice out of your phone requires a power bank. But what's the best battery out there? Read More and test how to tether your laptop to your mobile phone How to Save Data When You Tether and Get Online from Anywhere How to Save Data When You Tether and Get Online from Anywhere In the modern age, how useful is any computer when it's disconnected from the Internet? Unless you use a specialist professional program, most of your typical day-to-day computing will need a connection. Read More for emergencies. This could save you in a pinch!

What else do you set up in your browser for school? Tell us!

  1. Shuo Wu
    August 18, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I would like recommend TurboNote chrome extension here (can be find in Chrome web store), a great tool for students and educators to take and share notes while watching online videos and Mooc's lecture videos.

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