You are probably deep into crunch-time right now. It’s exam season, your nose is firmly pressed against the grindstone and the only thing that matters to you is getting those all important grades and securing your hero’s welcome back to your parent’s house. The last thing you need while you’re trying to frantically memorise information from the past nine months is a whole lot of new information on Google Chrome extensions.
Hear us out though – as with many things, prevention is the best cure for what you’re going through right now. As a student you spend the lion’s share of your life on Google Chrome. What if there was a way to flip that to your advantage? These nifty add-ons will not only make you a better student, but help you arrange all those other stubborn loose-ends in life. After that, hopefully exam season 2018 will be a little easier on you.
We’ve all been here, right? Hard at work leafing through a PDF when all of a sudden… BAM. A scintillating article on what it’s like to build a LinkedIn in your twenties appears on your News Feed. You know you want to read it, but you also know that it will likely send you down a black hole of other distracting links. Well, Pocket will keep all that in a neat folder on your toolbar that you can easily access come breaktime across any and all of your devices.
Your best laid graduate job application or essay will go awry with a they’re/their/there mistake. It happens to the best of us, especially at a time like this when unholy stress is upon you. Grammarly stops things falling through the cracks. It checks your grammar against 250 different rules, optimises your vocabulary, and can even check your plagiarism score if you’ve got the stomach for it.
The Great Suspender
The Great Suspender is pure magic if you’re limping to the end of university with an old laptop that’s slower than erosion. It suspends all the tabs in your browser that are open but not active, saving you a ton of memory and helping your computer run faster. Crucial if you’ve gotta have all those YouTube vids open at once.
For those among you that freak out something fierce when you’re drowning in multiple tabs, OneTab works in a similar way to The Great Suspender. However, it’ll convert all your open tabs into a list, saving both you and your computer some headspace.
Every student knows their sesh budget is fleeting. As quickly as the loan comes in, it’s gone. Honey should help you stem the tide of outgoings just a tad though. Whether you need that free next day delivery on ASOS or a bit of buy one get one half-price on Domino’s, Honey will scour the internet automatically and apply the best voucher codes it can find. It’s a dream come true.
Now is a good time for frustration and writer’s block to kick in. Except, what’s this? The best idea you’ve had all week. Let’s just get a pen and paper to write that down… Oh. You don’t have one. Your phone’s dead too. Oh dear. With Papier, those days are over. Simply open a new tab, and you’ll have a blank canvas to jot down whatever you like, and it’ll stay there for as long as you want it too.
Oh hey, it’s that Pomodoro learning technique we were telling you about. Except this time, it’s in Chrome extension form. You can program StayFocusd to block certain pesky websites that distract you or, in extreme cases, block everything accept the useful websites on your whitelist. It ought to stop you from spending the better part of 2 hours calling up random Wikipedia pages.
Tech is wonderful sometimes. Installing Memorize! is like having your own personal study buddy. All you have to do is give it questions and answers and it’ll test you at random intervals. It won’t stop until you get all the questions right either, perfect for the modern languages student needing to memorise vocab or the engineer memorising formulas.