181 Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School: Part 2

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Last week we showed you 35 different ways to use the search giant, Google, that will save you time while you’re in school. Today we give you the next 30 in our list of 181 Google Tricks!

With tools like Google Earth, Scholar, News, and iGoogle, there are lots of great ways to learn more and save time with Google.


  1. Google Scholar: Use Google Scholar to get hooked up with scholarly literature, including results from academic publishers, journals, and peer-reviewed papers.

  1. Check out the sky: Get a lesson in meteorology with Google Earth’s Sky feature.

  1. Set up an iGoogle page: Keep everything handy and easy to access with an iGoogle page full of your most relevant news stories, calendar, and Google Reader blogs.

  1. Google News: Find news sources around the world in Google’s incredible news resource.

  1. Make your own search engine: Using the Google Custom Search Engine, you can create a search engine that specifically caters to your research needs.

  1. Set up a study group in Google Groups: Communicate and collaborate with classmates and more in Google Groups, or better yet, start your own G+ Hangout.

  1. Google Code University: Learn more about computer science by checking out Creative Commons-licensed content in this Google site.

  1. Study the oceans: In Google Earth, you can view not just the sky, but the ocean floor’s surface and even 3D shipwrecks.

  1. Check out Knol for expert input: Explore Knol to find expert knowledge on a variety of different topics.


 

A great new service for students to take advantage of, Google Plus has plenty of ways to get connected and save time.


  1. Create Hangouts to chat with study buddies: Collaborate with group project members and study groups by setting up a video chat Google+ Hangout.

  1. Do a university search: Find information within your university, thanks to Google Plus’ feature that collects university affiliation.

  1. Get a constantly updated research stream with Sparks: Set up Sparks for a search engine that automatically finds information about the stuff you’re interested in.


We’re big fans of Google Docs’ ability to streamline word processing, spreadsheets, and more. Here are plenty of ways to take things to the next level and save time.


  1. Set up repeated text: If you frequently write the same phrase over and over again, set up automatic substitution in your Google Docs preferences.

  1. Store your documents in the cloud: With Google Docs, it’s easy to keep your documents in the cloud and access them wherever you are: your dorm, mom and dad’s house, even the school library.

  1. Save Gmail attachments to Docs: Keep Gmail attachments organized in the cloud by saving them to your Google Docs account.

  1. Spell check in bulk:Google Docs checks your spelling as you type, but if you prefer to do it all at once, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-; to go to the next misspelling, and Ctrl-[ to back up.

  1. Create your own templates: If you have a document that you’d like to use over and over again, just make your own template in Google Docs.

  1. Take advantage of templates: Find templates for your resume, budget, chores, study schedule, and more in Google Docs templates.

  1. Open things up a bit: Compact your Google Docs controls to get more writing real estate by pressing Ctrl-Shift-F inside a document, reducing the menu bar size.

  1. Set up simple forms, surveys, or polls: Need a survey for a research project? Set one up in Google Docs to gather info.

  1. Collaborate and get alerted to changes: Google Docs is great for collaboration with classmates, and it’s also useful for setting up notifications to find out when they’ve made changes.

  1. But remember that you can turn off notifications:Getting alerts is great, but one too many can become distracting. Change your notification settings if it’s driving you nuts.

  1. Translate documents with Google Docs: If you’ve downloaded a foreign language journal article, get it translated into another language with Google Docs.

  1. Organize into collections: Use Google Docs enough, and you’ll have quite a collection of documents to go through. Put them into neat categories by setting up collections, and move documents to the appropriate folder.

  1. Add video to your presentation: Give your Google Docs a multimedia boost by adding video.

  1. Add a school year calendar: Follow these instructions to create a simple school year calendar in Google Docs.

  1. Use spreadsheets to make graphs: Enter data into a spreadsheet, and then use that data to create a pie, bar, line, or scatter graph.

  1. Open a new document lightning fast: Use simple shortcuts to open up new documents quickly.

  1. Save as you go: Use the right click to save-as option, and you can quickly save a document in Google Docs.

  1. Send invitations in Google Docs: Whether it’s for a party or a study group, you can send invitations using Google Docs.

 

 

Stay tuned for part three next week!

This is a guest blog series submitted by Jasmine Hall with OnlineColleges.net.