Best Chrome Extensions for the Average College Student

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Lifestyle Staff Writer| Alexis McCurdy| am447915@ohio.edu | Twitter: @AlexisMcCurdy14

Issues with productivity, memory, or money? Most college students face at least one of these at some point in the semester, if not all at the same time. More often than not, Google Chrome extensions can solve the problem – or at least alleviate the pain. Here are the 10 best Chrome extensions that won’t make life completely stress-free, but might make it just a little bit easier.

  1. Strict WorkFlow

For nights when Twitter and Facebook are hogging all your attention and you find yourself self-loathingly ignoring that Connect assignment, Strict WorkFlow is the extension for you! Utilizing the Pomodoro technique, this extension blocks social media sites for a set amount of time so you can focus on only your assignment for that period. Afterwards, you get a five minute break, and then do it all over it again.

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2. StayFocused

Similar to Strict WorkFlow, this extension gives you an allotted time, but instead the time is to spend on distracting websites. Once you’ve used that time up, the sites are blocked for the rest of the day.

  1. Memorize!

While you’re spending your time on social media instead of schoolwork, this extension, like a good friend, will force you to at least do something productive every once in a while. Memorize! lets you enter a list of questions and answers that you need to study. It prompts you with those questions throughout the day while you’re wasting time. The questions stop once you have answered them all or until you stop it manually. It’s similar to Quizlet but without the solid time commitment.

  1. Honey

If, as a college student, you find yourself desperately looking for ways to save even the smallest amount of money, Honey is your niche. Honey scales the web for coupons, promo codes and free delivery deals when you put items into your cart. When checking out the items, all you have to do is click the Honey button and it applies those deals for you! Do some extreme couponing with one click and without having to cut anything out.

  1. Grammarly

We all struggle with writing in some way or another. With English being such a complicated language, there’s no shame in needing a little help, or just a little writing skills boost. Grammarly will work to improve your words for whatever you write, from essays to emails. While Google Chrome only works with spelling errors, this app works more in-depth, focusing on three major points: grammar rules, contextual spelling errors and vocabulary enhancement. According to the website, Grammarly focuses on more than 250 advanced grammar rules, “spanning everything from subject-verb agreement to article use to modifier placement.” They also use the contextual spelling errors to help fix mix-ups between common mistakes such as lose/loose, affect/effect, lie/lay, there/their/they’re. It also helps improve word choice by giving you suggestions to replace the words you chose with words with more meaning, depth and texture.

  1. Google Hangouts

For days when the semester seems to be dragging on and you’re just missing relationships back home, or for when none of your friends feel like leaving their dorms, Google Hangouts can come in handy. This extension allows Mac and PC users to interact seamlessly through video chatting with up to 10 friends, making calls, sending messages connected to your phone number (including group chats of up to 150 people) and sending gifs and images texts. This can be a great way to do projects from your homes without ever having to meet your group in person as well.

  1. Turn off the Lights

If you’re an avid fan of watching movies on your laptop in between classes or just in your downtime, Turn off the Lights can make that experience just a little bit more enjoyable. This extension works by dimming the rest of the computer screen while you’re watching a video to give a movie theater-like experience all within the comfort of your lap.

  1. ClipTo

Whether you’re researching online or reading articles for classes, ClipTo makes it easy to organize your notes at your fingertips. It allows you to make annotations, highlights and bookmarks on any web page and then saves them automatically for the next time you come back.

  1. Vibe

The age of social media allows us to vaguely know a person without regular face-to-face interaction. If you just met a new contact and what to know more about them, use Vibe to google them. Vibe will pull together all their social media accounts: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, making creeping even simpler.

  1. Momentum

    A shot of Momentum app on New Tab page (via Korina Meister)

Whenever you open a new tab, this extension presents you with a “calming picture and inspirational quote”, the weather and a reminder of the daily task you set. You can also put in a to-do list so that when you continuously open new tabs your task list will pop up until you complete all the items. It’s a good way to be forced to look at what needs to be done right before you decide to open a new social media page.

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