• Vrutika Soneji

5 Helpful Chrome Extensions for Students

If you use the Google Chrome browser on your computer, you can download extensions to enhance your search experience. Here are five helpful browser extensions available for free on the Chrome Web Store to help keep yourself productive and on track.


Momentum

Rating: 4.3/5 stars

Momentum replaces your traditional Chrome dashboard every time you open a new tab. You can personalize your home screen by adding personal goals or reminders. This extension has inspirational quotes, a to-do list, daily imagery for wallpapers, and information regarding the weather in your area. On the upper left side, you can create links, which can bookmark your frequently used websites. Overall, this extension is great for helping people stay productive and focused while being aesthetically pleasing.



Forest

Rating: 4/5 stars

Whenever you want to focus on your work, you can plant a tree with Forest, which will grow while you are working. However, the tree will decay if you go on websites that you blocked. The extension can block a list of websites that you tend to get distracted on, or you can use allowlist mode. This blocks every single website except the ones that you allow. Forest also allows you to customize the website blocking time segments to what suits you the best. This extension is for you if you want to avoid getting distracted while working. Forest is also available on your phone or tablet on the Google Play Store or the App Store as a paid app.


SpeedUp

Rating: 4/5 stars

SpeedUp allows you to speed up or slow down any video on websites like Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Facebook, Reddit, and more. This is great for when you need to watch a video for class but find it too slow. Additionally, this can work for those who like watching videos but get bored since they can speed up the video to make it more captivating. The maximum speed to watch is 4x.


EyeCare

Rating: 4.1/5 stars

These days, students need to use screens in nearly every aspect of life. However, this can strain and damage your eyesight. A way to combat this is to give your eyes regular breaks. It is recommended that every 20 minutes, you take 20 seconds to look at something that is far away. It can be difficult to remember to do this, so EyeCare can help. Once you press start, this extension will remind you to look away and rest your eyes every 20 minutes or whatever time interval you prefer.


Weava Highlighter

Rating: 4.2/5 stars

If you have trouble actively reading and understanding a passage, annotations may help. Annotating means highlighting the most important points, identifying the main structure of the reading, or writing notes within the margins. However, annotating is difficult to do on a computer. In comes Weava Highlighter, which allows you to highlight text on any website and store it in color-coded categories. You can also write notes alongside the highlighted portion, making annotation easier and more accessible.


These extensions can help you in topics ranging from eliminating distractions to helping you set new habits and achieve goals. You can utilize technology in positive ways to have a healthy lifestyle in and outside of school.



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