It is my duty to tell the world about Google Chrome extensions, because I recently became slightly obsessed.
It is a piece of technology that has the ability to help students, like yourselves, be more efficient and productive. If you don’t want that, then what are you doing in college? Wasting your time be inefficient and unproductive? That sounds like a rookie mistake.
You must use Google Chrome as your main browser or everything else in this article is a moot point. If you are still using Internet Explorer, do not pass go and do not collect $200. Get with this decade and switch to Chrome (or Firefox). I recommend Google Chrome, because it works well with SNU email and Google Drive features. It is time to become tech savvy, y’all.
The following list is one I have compiled to help my fellow peers learn about the magic and wonder of Google Chrome extensions:
Zotero Connector: I have had Zotero Connector since freshman year of college, and I have never cited an article, news story or website without it. It is the most helpful tool ever. No debating. Stop debating. If you are in any website that has a news article, for example, that you need cited, then you click on the extension icon and it will take all needed information from the webpage and sent it to Zotero Standalone. Once the extension is added, it will prompt you to download Zotero Standalone. Standalone allows you to organize all of the citations to keep everything categorized. It’ll cite in any style: MLA, APA, Chicago, etc. NEVER USE PURDUE OWL AGAIN!
Black Menu for Google: This is really cool, because it is basically a sidebar drop down menu for all things Google. Gmail, Google Drive, Google Search, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Youtube, etc. are all one click away. Instead of opening a new browser to get to all of these, it can be seen from whatever page you are already on. BLESS.
Honey: If you are an avid online shopper who loves a good deal, then Honey is for you. It automatically looks up promo codes from across the internet and applies it to your purchases to save you money. ITS AUTOMATIC! Honey, treat yo’ self and think of all the money you’re saving.
AdBlock: **IMPORTANT: Download “AdBlock” not “AdBlock Plus**! Simply put, it blocks unwanted and annoying ads because ain’t nobody got time for that.
Strict Workflow: If you constantly look at Facebook, go online shopping or have trouble staying focused, then this will help you in your studies. It follows the Pomodoro technique of studying for 25 minutes and having a break for 5 minutes. It blocks all websites that you might be tempted to peruse during your studies for those 25 minutes. This can be beneficial for those with low self control, like myself.
Save to Google Drive: Instead of downloading a picture or a document to the desktop, it has the ability to save it straight to Google Drive. This is helpful in making sure your documents are saved online and won’t disappear when your computer, inevitably, crashes during finals week.
These are just a sample of the extensions you can find in the Google Chrome Web Store. Find your own useful Google Chrome Extensions, and then shout them from the rooftops to share it with the world.
I hope one of these will help you become more efficient and a better student. If so, my time on this earth will have actually meant something.