6 Chrome Extensions Every Student Should Use
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Some students live on campus, all students live in their browsers. Since the role of social media — and the internet as a whole — has become more and more prevalent, there’s a concern that students waste more than they apply to their studies.

An idle extension list is the devil’s playground. Most don’t realize the potential of Chrome extensions. With enough know-how, Chrome extensions can save hours of time and tons of mental willpower.

Take it from an educator: you’ve got to use every tool at your disposal to go from student to studious. And here are the tools I recommend.

1. StayFocusd

Objective: Remove online distractions by blocking time killing websites.

You waste time. I waste time. But we don’t have to. Let’s be honest, there’s one main aspect of the internet which takes up our time: social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat may as well be the four horsemen of procrastination How Procrastination Changed the World How Procrastination Changed the World We often think of procrastination as an unnecessary hindrance to our everyday lives. But if it weren't for procrastination, the world would be an entirely different place. Read More . That’s where StayFocusd comes in.

StayFocusd lets you prevent yourself from accessing selected sites, always or on particular days. The program is simple, intuitive, and allows for a variety of settings. You can choose maximum use times and active days for the websites on your block list.

If you decide to revert back to your procrastinating ways 5 New Productivity Apps to Stop Procrastinating and Get Back to Work 5 New Productivity Apps to Stop Procrastinating and Get Back to Work The trick to staying productive is to always keep changing your system. From Microsoft to small developers who started with an Excel sheet, here are some productivity apps worth trying out. Read More , you can also create a challenge in order to access settings. In short: it’s an attention manager that protects you from yourself!

2. Office Online

Objective: Work anywhere, anytime, and collaborate effortlessly.

These days, it’s not enough to have a file saved to your desktop. With all the possible collaborative opportunities or fits of inspiration you could have, why keep your work in one place? That’s why cloud-based services reign supreme. And so I consider Office Online an essential for any student’s Chrome browser.

Think about it: you can decide to sit at a desktop for hours on end working on a project Which Office Suite Is Best for You? Which Office Suite Is Best for You? You'll be pressed to find an occupation that doesn't require word or number processing of some sort. And you may wonder, is Microsoft Office really the best solution? Here are your options. Read More , or you would work on that same project on a mobile, a laptop, and a desktop at various locations throughout the day. The latter is an easy choice to pick, and Office Online provides a format students are immediately familiar with.

What’s more, Office Online makes it easy to collaborate on projects The 6 Best Free Online Meeting Tools to Collaborate with Your Team The 6 Best Free Online Meeting Tools to Collaborate with Your Team Small teams don't need expensive enterprise apps for collaboration. Here are six fantastic tools that you can use to manage your team's data, communication, and more. For free. Read More with fellow students. It’s a win-win all around.

3. Nimbus Capture

Objective: Capture information on your browser and save it for later.

Since education has now become such a browser-based endeavor, both information and inspiration come from the web. But what if you’ve just found exactly what you’re looking for, but don’t want to bother with a hectic bookmark repository? What if you only need to save an image or a snippet of an article?

Nimbus Capture does just that — allows users to screen capture anything from their browser to save in the folder they wish.

Have coding, writing, or graphic design concepts you want to quickly save and share? Then having some sort of snapshot feature 3 Free Screen Recorders to Capture Your Windows Desktop 3 Free Screen Recorders to Capture Your Windows Desktop You can use a screen recorder to create tutorials, document bugs for troubleshooting, or track unsolicited activity on your desktop in your absence. Choose from one of our recommended tools. Read More is an absolute must. And Nimbus Capture works without the need of third party software, making it practically clutter-free.

4. Grammarly

Objective: Catch typos and grammar issues and make your writing look perfect.

I write a lot of emails, but I also make a lot of mistakes. Emails aren’t tweets — they require more focus and attention. Most, in fact, tend to avoid writing emails because of this. “What if I say something wrong, or worse, wrongly?” That’s where Grammarly comes in.

Grammarly will open whenever you’re on a writing prompt or entry. A small green icon will appear in the bottom right corner of your prompt, filling you in on the possible issues. While it’s not foolproof, it’s a great line of defense. You need to sign up for a Grammarly subscription How to Get the Most out of These Essential Grammar Check Extensions for Chrome How to Get the Most out of These Essential Grammar Check Extensions for Chrome If you are a Chrome user, there are a few handy tools that can save you from awkward typos and grammar errors, and help you to get your message across more clearly. Read More to fully grasp the power behind this extension, but the free version does its job just fine.

Not only will it correct small errors, it will also allow you to see negative trends in your writing over time. Or, you know, you could always crack open that high school grammar handbook.

5. Todoist

Objective: To get stuff done, consistently.

Some people that write down goals, others don’t. The former often meet their goals, and the latter often don’t. I can’t count the number of times I’ve started to do lists only to forgo their use. That is, until I integrated them into my browser.

Todoist is the last to-do list you’ll need To-Do List App Showdown: Any.do vs Todoist vs Wunderlist To-Do List App Showdown: Any.do vs Todoist vs Wunderlist Some to-do list apps stand head and shoulders above the rest. But how do they compare and which one is best for you? We'll help you find out. Read More . While a few extra features will require a Todoist subscription, the free version will more than meet your needs. Organize tasks by priority, project, and date in a simple and easily view-able window.

Remember, to-do lists only work as well as you do. Picking up the habit, however, can make a world of difference towards your studies.

6. Google Dictionary

Objective: To understand difficult words and texts.

Did you ever read an article on Wikipedia, only to quit halfway through because the writing was too verbose and esoteric (i.e. too wordy and difficult to understand)? That problem is a thing of the past with Google Dictionary. Once the extension is installed, all you have to do is highlight a word.

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It’s that easy, and everyone could do with a dictionary. I’d also recommend Power Thesaurus for the exact same reason: it grants you the power of an extensive thesaurus library almost instantly, whenever you need it, and without the need of switching tab.

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Extend Your Education to Your Browser

Given the heightened intensity of education, every little bit helps. A note here and a correction there can add up. Whether it’s on a browser or a notepad, all you have to do to excel in your studies is cut down on distractions and commit yourself to your work. These Chrome extensions The Best Chrome Extensions The Best Chrome Extensions A list of only the best extensions for Google Chrome, including suggestions from our readers. Read More do just that, so download them and get to working!

How do you focus yourself in an online world? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Blake
    August 20, 2017 at 4:23 am

    I would add SendAnywhere, it let's you drag n drop files, wirelessly sending them to other computers or devices (as long as they are on the same wifi network)! I often use it to send pictures, videos, PDFs, etc to and from my iPhone!

  2. Gazoo
    July 25, 2017 at 4:52 am

    The last couple - todoist (the video convinced me give it a try) and the dictionary/thesaurus - are going to be useful additions to my extensions.

    Nimbus, I already had. Don't use it too often but when I need it... Boom! It answers the call in a big way.