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Top 9 Apps for Getting Through School

Top 9 Apps for Getting Through School

It’s the digital age we’re living in, and the amount of information the average person deals with daily is impressive. But it does not have to be difficult. Technology is here to help us climb these mountains of data! Computers and tablets, as well as other gadgets and devices, have become increasingly popular in education, researching and essay writing. It is not just students who try to make use of their androids and iPads in class – many schools and universities are trying to tap the potential that the digital assistants are offering to us. Here’s a quick review of ten useful apps that will make your school days easier and more enjoyable.

Mathway

Mathway is an irreplaceable tool when it comes to problem solving. The app helps you do your maths homework. Not only does it do your assignment for you, it teaches you how to do it right. All you have to do is put the equation in and press the Enter button.

Mathway

    LiveMocha

    LiveMocha is a social network for those who are learning languages. You help other people get insights into your native tongue, and they teach you their language. You can even ask your LiveMocha friends to help you with your homework. Nothing wrong with that.

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      Delicious

      Delicious is the popular online bookmarking tool, which lets you organize your project material under a single tab. Delicious can be your 21st century personal library for the webpages that you find online.

      Delicious

        Evernote

        Evernote lets you save images, video and audio files from the web. Essentially, the tool turns everything you find on the web into notes. You can share your notes and sync them with your smartphone. There are many benefits from using Evernote on a regular basis, the major one is that the stuff you save can be later used for school projects. It supports a variety of platforms, including major operating systems (excluding linux) and virtuall all mobile ones.

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        Evernote

          EasyBib

          EasyBib does the bibliography for you. Not many students are aware of the fact that such an online tool exists. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to try it once and show your bibliography to your professor. Just to be on the safe side – you never know whether they are up to date with the latest formatting style requirements.

          EasyRib

            CiteMe

            CiteMe is a Facebook app that will help you get formatted citations from WorldCat, the world’s largest library catalog.

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            CiteMe

              GradeMate

              GradeMate helps you know what final grade you are getting. The app describes itself as “a resource that helps teachers spend less time on administrative tasks and more time with their students”. You simply note all the grades you are getting throughout the class, and the tool will predict the final result. You will also need to put in the value (i.e. percent of the final grade) of each assignment.

              GradeMate

                SlideRocket

                SlideRocket lets you create awesome and professional looking presentations. It has a vast library of the graphic and audio materials. It would be hard to find those on the web. SlideRocket helps you put them into your presentation.

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                SlideRocket

                  Empressr

                  Empressr is a yet another tool for creating media-rich presentations. Every online presentation creator has their own set of unique media materials and themes. If you can’t find what you are looking for, it might be smart to use several ones at the same time, and then put the presentations together.

                  While apps can be helpful it is wise not to rely on them all the time. It is better to use them only when it’s really necessary and not every time you need them. Otherwise, you might become too dependent on them and will not be able to do even the simplest things on your own. Just ask yourself what happens if the power goes out? But the power is there for now, and it’s nice to have these time-savers at hand.

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                  Published on September 20, 2018

                  11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                  11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                  In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                  Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                  In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                  Minimizing Tabs

                  Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                  Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                  Incognito Mode

                  Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                  This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                  Save Webpages as PDF Files

                  Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                  Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                  Open Recently-closed Tabs

                  Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                  One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                  The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                  Solve Mathematical Problems

                  Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                  For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                  Play Media Files

                  Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                  In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                  Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                  With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                  Stay Focus(e)d

                  Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                  Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                  With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                  This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                  Grammarly for Editing

                  Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                  You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                  Loom

                  There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                  There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                  With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                  Chrome Calendar Extension

                  No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                  Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                  Final Thoughts

                  Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

                  Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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