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Mountain View has tweaked Google Docs to make the average schoolkid's working day even easier to cheat negotiate their way through.

The search giant has added student-friendly features to Docs, which is part of the company’s Google Apps suite.

It’s added an equation editor, allowing students to solve maths problems within an online document. Youngsters can write papers, take notes and answer questions in class using Google Docs, assuming their school or college lets them, that is.

Students can insert superscripts and subscripts into Google Docs that can be used for writing tricky chemical compounds or algebraic expressions.

Additionally, translation features were slotted into Google Docs a few weeks ago, which as the firm’s summer interns who worked on the tweaks - Rita Chen and Stephanie Vezich - helpfully pointed out, is a dreadfully “handy” tool “for making sure you're on the right track when writing those foreign language essays”.

Google Docs now also comes with a “Go to page based on answer” option in Google forms. It’s useful for students conducting surveys that want to pick and choose what questions are relevant to participants they probe about the latest sociological breakthrough in Big Brother, or whatever it is kids ponder over at school these days.

And an all-inclusive Google has also offered humanities students a tool that prettifies and customises essays, allowing them to turn in a “cleaner-looking paper” that includes an option to print footnotes as endnotes.

To underline its commitment to teenagers across the globe, Google’s even knocked together this jarring video that shows spotty oiks how to write an effective love letter using Google Docs to bag the girl of their dreams.

All of these features are there to help students collaborate and learn together, noted the web kingpin. Of course it's a cute little lesson in brand awareness too.

Yep, get ‘em while they’re young, Google. ®

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