Google Docs Tips & Tricks for Students

Google recently created a web page with 12 suggestions for how students can use Google Docs to be more productive as they study and collaborate with their class mates:

Tips & tricks for using Google Docs

  1. Don’t start from scratch – Check out template galleries for resident assistantsteaching assistants, and student leaders.
  2. Say no to emailing attachments – Use revision history to look at any previous versions of your documents.
  3. Brainstorm notes for group projects – With a record of everyone’s thoughts in one place, no good idea gets left behind.
  4. Need surveys for classes? – Send out a form to your email lists and get an organized spreadsheet of responses instantly.
  5. Look at Getting Started Guides – Set up your first docs easily with guides for documentsspreadsheets, andpresentations.
  6. Check out the Advanced Manuals – Explore the ins and outs of documentsspreadsheets, and presentations.
  7. Use forms for your student group or dorm – Collect RSVPs, organize your budget, or take collaborative meeting minutes.
  8. Make collaborative study guides – Invite everyone to the same Google document and paste in your class notes.
  9. Trip planning – Let everyone contribute to your itinerary in a document, track your budget in a spreadsheet, etc.
  10. Chat while you work – Chat is built into Google spreadsheets, making it easy to discuss changes you’re making with others.
  11. Make personal to-do lists – With just a few clicks from your inbox, make sure no important task is left undone.
  12. Try spreadsheet functions – Gather stats like a team’s ranking or a country’s GDP with GoogleLookup.

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