Google Chrome Extensions to Reduce Some of the Stress of Online Learning
Online school can be tough, and with so many distractions right there at your fingertips, it can make it hard to concentrate on learning. We are here to help make your online schooling time a little more productive and maybe even a little more fun. Google Chrome has thousands of extensions that you can add to your browser but with all those options, it can be overwhelming on where to begin.
To help ease some stress, we’ve put together the top 5 Google Chrome extensions to help you get through this semester like a pro.
Strict Workflow is an extension based around the Pomodoro Technique. The basic concept is you have 25 minutes of distraction-free work, followed by 5 minutes of break, and you repeat this process until you complete your task. This extension will not only keep track of your time, but it will block those pesky sites just pulling you in to be distracted, which you can customize to your liking.
Can’t decide if it’s ‘affect’ or ‘effect’? Don’t worry, Grammarly is there to save you the headache. This extension helps eliminate writing errors and finds the perfect words to express yourself. It works on most sites, and if you’re using a program, like Word, that it doesn’t have access too, you can still reap the full benefits of Grammarly by merely copying and pasting your document into their online site, or you can write your paper directly there.
Research papers are already stressful, but keeping track of the sources and correctly citing them can add lots of time to an already lengthy process. Zotero is an easy-to-use, open-source tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. First, go to the Zotero website to download the desktop app; this will allow you to link any online research directly into Word. Once that is done, add the google chrome extension for a quick and easy save button. Get a complete and correct citation page in seconds, allowing you to focus more on learning the material at hand. Learn how to customize the citations to fit your needs here!
Have you ever been on a website for school and been completely overwhelmed by the number of distractions on the page? Videos playing, pictures every few words, or just pages and pages of comments when you go to print it for class? Print-Friendly removes ads, navigation, and other distractions on the webpage for printing or saving as a PDF. Pages are optimized for the ultimate print reading experience.
Have you ever wanted to go out for a run, walk around the block, or simply go for a drive, but you have pages and pages of online articles to read? Well, Podcastle converts text news/articles to a podcast, with very natural human speech using machine learning. These can be downloaded to a computer and emailed to your phone to listen to on the go. Studies show that movement can help people retain information, have better focus, and faster processing.
Who says all extensions need to help you do something productive. This extension lets you change the theme of your Google Chrome home page to something just right for you! We’re fans of the Superpower themes, but that’s just us.