10 Best Chrome Extensions For Students To Boost Productivity

This post provides the details of some best chrome extensions for students to improve their academic performance.  

Education has improved a lot with the advancements of technology and thus the blackboard has been replaced by interactive Smart Board. Not only blackboards, books, and pens have been swapped by eBooks and Smartpens respectively. 

In the year 2008, Google has introduced an extension-friendly web-browser, Google Chrome to improve the productivity of the users. Just they need to visit Chrome web store to install their preferred extensions for chrome that will easily fit into the browser toolbar. Google Chrome extensions are excellent tools which can be accessed like the bookmarks.

Are you a student who use Google Chrome browser? Do you wanna maximize your efficiency and boost your learning strategies? If so, I would recommend you to install the following Google chrome add-ons to enrich your learning experience.

Useful Chrome Add-Ons For Students

The best chrome extensions for students are as follows.


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1. Announcify 

Announcify is a handy extension for students when they feel tired to read the web pages. You can give rest to your restless eyes with this essential chrome extension as it automatically read the entire page which would help you to learn new stuff if you feel sleepy. So you could sit in a relaxed manner and listen to the lengthy articles with Announcify.

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2. Google Dictionary 

Google Dictionary is a useful chrome extension for students to view the definition of any word by using the toolbar dictionary by double-clicking it. Many languages like English, French, Chinese, Portuguese etc. are supported by this beneficial extension. There is an option to save the history of all the looked-up words and their definitions that can be downloaded as CSV file anytime. Moreover, the students can allow the third-party extensions like flashcards to access this history.

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3. Clearly 

Clearly is the best Chrome extension for students since it would let them read the articles without any distraction. Thus, you can easily read their preferred web pages with this extension for chrome and it can be connected to Evernote to clip & sync the articles with all devices like PC, Tablet or Smartphone. Having speech, customizing and highlighting feature is the prominent thing in this chrome add-on. If you are using Evernote account, I would say that it is the valuable chrome extension to clip the articles.

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4. ZenMate 

If you’re traveling somewhere and using public Wi-Fi, you may add the helpful chrome extension, ZenMate to encrypt your browser traffic. This excellent chrome add-on won Europas Award for best security/privacy start-up of this year (2014) and hence you could enjoy its advanced protection on the web. It is easy to install & use and it is possible to change your location to unlock the websites which are not available in specific areas. Out of all, ZenMate compresses the data to provide maximum browser speed with its built-in accelerators. To get total security and privacy, it is recommended to add ZenMate extension for chrome.

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5. StayFocusd 

Are you wasting your time with useless websites? If so, StayFocusd chrome extension is for you. It increases your productivity and helps you to stay focused on your work by lessening the amount of time that you can spend on worthless websites. This dynamic chrome extension is highly configurable and so you can block/allow particular websites. If you’ve spent your allotted time, you’ll not be able to access the blocked websites for the rest of the day. This add-on has been featured on many popular technology blogs like PCMag, Lifehacker, Mashable, Gizmodo etc.

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6. Read & Write for Google 

Read & Write for Google chrome extension help the students to gain confidence with reading and writing. If you have learning difficulties/dyslexia, you may get this friendly browser add-in to hear words, passages or entire documents loudly. You could adore its excellent features like dual color highlight, translation and next word prediction. If you like this chrome extension, you may get its premium version to get more features.

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7. Cloudy Calculator 

Cloudy Calculator is a versatile chrome calculator which can be used by the students to perform Hex Conversion, mixed unit calculations, currency conversion, mathematical functions and so on. If this extension for chrome can’t handle a calculation, it would give you the answer with the help of Google. You can also create your own user variables and store an elevated expression with this chrome add-on.

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8. Any.do 

To keep all the to-dos in sync, add reminders, attach notes and plan the schedule, Any.do chrome extension can be utilized by the students. You can easily realize the potential for getting things done with this productivity browser expansion. It has award-winning features and it is being used by millions of people in smartphone app form.

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9. Save to Google Drive

Save to Google drive is one of the best chrome extensions for the students to store the required web content or browser screenshots to their Google drive. Not only to save the documents, you can also store the HTML 5 media files to the Google drive. This awesome chrome add-on has options page to control the directory location and format of saved HTML pages. If you wanna convert Microsoft office or comma separated files to your Google docs, you can do it with this extension. Because of having good configurable options, the students can use this helpful chrome extension to comfortably store the content on Google docs for future reference.

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10. Night Reading Mode

If you’re a late night learner, Night Reading Mode chrome extension will be beneficial for you. It has Auto mode and settings for all websites. For every website, it has custom brightness & contrast for night mode and auto remember features to check the last settings for all websites. I’m sure that you’ll like the non-white screen with back & forward button while reading the web pages at night.


Most of the students have started using the cool tech gadgets to enrich their education. If they have a high-speed computer with useful tools, they can undoubtedly carry out their academics in an enhanced manner. Likewise, they prefer to use Google Chrome browser as it has efficient interface with extensive extensions. Browser performance wouldn’t get affected since the chrome extensions runs on Sandbox environment. Moreover, no restarting needed while installing and uninstalling the add-ons like Firefox browser. 

Today’s teenagers are smarter in getting the required information from web rather than using the encyclopedias. To make the life of students easier and productive, wonderful extensions for chrome are being created by the developers. I hope that the above listed chrome add-ons are perfect to manage your academic activities, organize your content and make the best of your browser experience for learning. 

What is your opinion about this post? Any other productivity chrome extension recommendations? Are you using any chrome add-ons to accomplish your educational activities? Did I miss to mention some best chrome extensions for students? If so, let me know through your comment. 


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