If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to be a better student, procrastinate less, or be more organized then these Chrome Extensions are for you.
Mercury Reader (formerly Readability) allows you to focus more on the task at hand without all of the distractions. Many webpages, even academic ones, are filled with distractions like ads or recommendations. To avoid all of that, download the Mercury Reader extension. Whenever you find yourself on a distracting webpage, click the rocket ship in the toolbar to remove anything that doesn’t belong. This will leave you with the main content including videos, photos, or links in the article just minus the annoying ads.
Built-in break times
Everyone knows that the lure of Facebook, Netflix, and even Pinterest can turn an hour of studying into six hours of no studying. With Strict Workflow, you can block those distracting websites to force you to study. This chrome extensions acts like a temporary parental block on your chrome. The app reminds you to remain patient and stay on task until your break time. Then you can visit your distractions for a little while before going back to studying.
Study and procrastinate at the same time
With Memorize! you can create questions and answers, like flashcards to appear at preset intervals. Every five to fifteen minutes the extension will ask you a random question from your list. Get the question right, and you can go back to your browser. Answer wrong, and you will be given a single letter hint. Keep guessing until you answer it correctly to make the window disappear. At least until the next question.
Sticky notes galore
Do you always lose your planner? Do you have tons of sticky notes posted all over your desk? You should get Note Board, the electronic alternative to pen and paper to-do lists. With Note Board, you can create different boards and create tons of notes to keep yourself organized. You can even set reminders right in the extension.
Never be late turning in an assignment with My Study Life. This Chrome extension allows you to create and manage your schedule as well as all of your assignments and tasks. The app will remind you daily about upcoming due dates, classes, exams, and tasks. If you have trouble keeping track of everything and sticky notes aren’t working, try this and finally get organized.
And a dictionary
Who hasn’t wished for a dictionary when they were reading a particularly wordy article? With the Google Dictionary extension, you can click on any word to view a definition, synonym, or translation. This could revolutionize your research experience.
With these Chrome Extensions, this semester could go a lot smoother and help you keep that New Year’s Resolution. Make Chrome your Valentine this year and download one or all of these extensions.
Adapted from Karrar Haider and originally posted on Make Tech Easier.