Best Chrome Extensions For Students – 2020
Whether you are a student in school or college, you must be spending a lot of time using the Google Chrome browser. So, why not use it effectively. And that’s where Chrome Extension comes in. Now we take a look at some of the best Chrome extensions for students to get the maximum out of their time while browsing the internet, studying on the web or even sending assignments through the mail.
Best Chrome Extensions For Students
1. Google Dictionary
The internet is a great place for learning and more often than not, while reading an article, a post or even a comment, you come across a new word in which you have no idea of what it means. While you’ll look it up via a dictionary or open a new tab and search for the word, Google provides a handle little extension using which you can get the meaning of any word just by double-clicking it. Google Dictionary is exceptionally useful when you are trying to learn a new language and even if you aren’t, it’s a quick way to look up the meaning of words.
Grammarly for Chrome is like your proofreader which is not only capable of detecting spelling mistakes but also correcting improper grammar. It works in real-time showing all your errors as you write anything and gives suggestions to correct them. Like Google Dictionary, it also provides meanings of words by double-clicking on them, although it works only in English. It is a godsend whether you are composing a mail to your professor or making your resume, as it corrects all those tiny blunders that might be missed by you and making you look a lot more professional.
Quick Tip: Grammarly also comes with a mobile app and supports syncing and backing up of all your work, along with its proofreading.
Price: Free / Paid
Link: Grammarly for Chrome
3. Mercury Reader
Mercury Reader is an extension that helps to enhance your reading experience on the world wide web. With just a click, Mercury Reader reformats the page, removing all the intrusive ads and providing you with a smooth reading experience without all the distractions.
You also have the option of customizing your reader with text size, fonts, themes and also assigning a shortcut for quicker access to Mercury reader. With Readability being discontinued, Mercury reader may be a great alternative, if not better, for your clutter-free reading on the world wide web.
A quick tip: If you have a Kindle, there’s also a feature called “Send to Kindle”, which sends the beautifully formatted article to your Kindle. That’s pretty neat!
Noisli is one of those tools which you had never imagined you needed, but after using it you cannot just go back. It is an ambient sound-producing tool that offers a dozen background sounds like rain, leaves murmuring, thunder and white noise among a few, which you can use to boost your productivity or even relax.
What’s even cooler is that you can customize each filter according to your taste and once done, you can save it as your own preset to be used later. It has been an excellent addition to my collection of Chrome extensions and that I haven’t looked back.
Link: Noisli for Chrome
5. Block and Focus
While the internet can be a great learning place, it can be distracting and even more detrimental as well. It is a Chrome extension that you can use to block certain websites like social media sites or whichever you prefer and you won’t be able to access them for that period. Although nothing can be done if you simply do not have the self-control, this extension is a good way to get started
Quick Tip: Using the settings, you can also implement a Pomodoro timer.
PushBullet is a great way to introduce seamless connectivity between your computer and your smartphone. Once you have the app on your phone and the extension on your Chrome browser, you can exchange anything between the devices like links, pictures, files, and the universal clipboard lets you copy something on your phone and paste it on your computer or vice versa.
PushBullet comes in handy if you are always juggling between your computer and your phone and increase your productivity by folds.
Price: Free ($4.99/month for Pro)
Link: PushBullet for Chrome
7. Wolfram Alpha
If you are a Science or Engineering student, chances are you have heard of Wolfram Alpha; but did you know, they even have their own Google Chrome extension? Along with the ability to directly search on Wolfram Alpha, having the extension gives you a nifty context menu that you can use to directly highlight queries or equations and search or solve them.
Overall, it is a great extension to have and comes in useful if you are dealing with equations or any kind of computations.
Link: Wolfram Alpha for Chrome
8. Boomerang for Gmail
Boomerang for Gmail is an awesome tool going you various controls like scheduling your emails, automating follow-up replies, snoozing certain emails, and tons more, making it an ideal addition to your Gmail suite. Whether it’s completing an assignment at 3 am and scheduling it for 8 am, or boomeranging(snoozing) a certain mail to be reminded later, Boomerang has you covered. It also supports read receipts so you know when someone has opened or read your mail.
Link: Boomerang for Chrome
FireShot is a screen capturing utility like no other available on your machine. It is capable of taking screenshots of web pages on your browser; but, how is it different from your system’s screenshot taking tool? It captures only the webpage excluding your menu bar and opened tabs, providing a cleaner and perfect screenshot. Last but not least It can take an extended screenshot of the webpage, by automatically scrolling from top to end of the page. I use this app whenever I am taking a screenshot on Chrome and cannot recommend it more.
Link: FireShot for Chrome
10. Session Buddy
We all have been there when we are researching for a project or studying for a particular topic, and the whole browser gets overwhelmed by all the tabs that are opened and if we want to work on it next day, we have to either open them from history or bookmark them; overall, it’s a hassle.
Session Buddy is a simple session manager using which you can save a “session” of your browser, i.e. all the tabs that were opened and you may later open them just by a single mouse click.
Link: Session Buddy for Chrome
Pocket is a simple application to store and organize multiple articles, pictures, videos and web sites from anywhere on the world wide web. You just have to right-click on the desired images or videos and can easily save them to Pocket. You also get the choice of adding tags and thus keeping your saved items more organized.
There are also smartphone apps that sync all your data so that you can access them from anywhere.
Quick Tip: For saved articles, Pocket reformats them to a more readable format, similar to that of Mercury reader.
Link: Pocket for Chrome
Momentum is another must have an extension to reinforce your Chrome experience and obtain the more out of it. Daily It displays a new and unique beautiful picture along with some inspirational quotes, to-do lists, reminders, weather reports.
The better part is that you simply don’t lose any functionality of the new tab page, as you’ll also keep your bookmarks and other links in Momentum. While there’s a plus version which offers deeper to-do list integration and greater customization, we felt the essential version should be perfect for many students.
Price: Free ($2.50/month for Plus)
Link: Momentum for Chrome
13. Cite This For Me: Web Citer
If you have ever written a science report for your project or an article for a journal, you know how painful it is to format and manage citations for all the sources which you have used in that writing. Enter “Cite This For Me”. Simply navigate to the webpage which you would like to refer to and click on the extension icon.
The extension then creates a properly formatted citation of that webpage which you’ll then copy and paste in your assignment. It also supports a handful of citation referencing styles like Chicago, Harvard, APA or MLA.
This extension is for all students who are actively using social media. it allows you to share or schedule anything including web pages, images, and videos on all of your favorite social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Buffer also provides you with analytics of all your posts and how well they are doing.
Price: Free ($15/month for Pro)
Link: Buffer for Chrome
Spreed is an extension that helps you speed read through a website or article or blog or maybe any text that you simply have copied and pasted into the Spreed reader. The reader also allows some configuration options like setting the word speed, font size, and text color.
If you have not ever tried speed reading, I’d highly recommend you at least give it a try and see how much you like it. It will increase your efficiency to process information at a greater speed and maybe a great fundamental skill to possess.
Link: Spreed for Chrome
16. Selection Reader (Text to Speech)
With Selection reader, we have got you covered too, as it essentially converts any text you throw at it to speech and reads out the whole text to you. Now that’s convenient! It is also extremely useful for students having difficulties in reading or just listening to something while doing any other work.
While we wish the voice and reading were a little less robotic, it does get the job done pretty well.
Another extension you might find useful is a password manager and LastPass tops our recommendation list. It is a robust password manager that lets you securely store passwords, credit card info and syncs with all your devices. It also helps improve online security by automatically generating strong and secure passwords that you do not have to remember them as LastPass does the job for you.
Of course, you can see and access all your stored passwords through a “master password” which is the only password you will have to remember.
Price: Free / Paid
Link: LastPass for Chrome
Imagus is another one of those simple tools you never thought you needed, but after using it you cannot go back. Being a Mac user, I was always baffled by the fact that Google Chrome didn’t have Safari’s force touch to preview an image, video or link. Well with Imagus you can view or preview image or video links just by hovering your cursor over the link. This comes in really really handy and you do not anymore have to open another tab just to view a single image.
Link: Imagus for Chrome
19. Ears: Bass Boost, EQ Any Audio!
If you’re having a music addiction or simply hear tons of music then this extension might be a good match for you. Ears is a volume booster and equalizer with ample frequency adjusters to customize the audio coming out of Chrome.
The interface is graphical and very easy to use and you can save all your presets to use them later. You can even customize each tab with a special preset or different configuration, which is pretty cool.
Price: Free ($0.99/month for Pro)
Link: Ears for Chrome
Only a student knows how tight money can be during those times at school and college. So for the last one, we decided to include an extension that can potentially save you a lot of money if you tend to shop online. In primitive terms, Honey is a coupon code provider for various online retailers but what makes it smart is that it intelligently applies all of the coupons available on the website and automatically selects the most discounted or best one for you.
While outside the US, Honey is more of a hit or miss with most online retailers; but if you are a student in the US and not using Honey, you are losing out on a lot of free savings!
Link: Honey for Chrome
Wrapping Up: Best Chrome Extensions For Students
So with the above list of the best Chrome extensions for students. How many of these do you use daily and did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.