Posts Tagged ‘mozilla firefox’

Bad Study Habits Keeping You Down? Tips to Improve The Way You Study

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

At the risk of sounding like your mother – well, we know how important it is to develop good study habits sooner rather than later!  From Google Chrome Extensions to Firefox Browser Add-ons, we’ve already shared ways that technology can help you increase your productivity.  We’ve got tips to help you improve your study habits so when the college workload hits you like a ton of bricks…you’ll be ready!

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Nap time? Everyone has that time of day where work seems impossible. Your energy lags, your attention span is missing in action, and motivation is out the window.  Try to figure out when you feel the most alert and schedule your important college related activities and study time accordingly.

Time Savers. Are you always rushing to make morning classes?  Stop while you’re ahead! Figure out in advance what you’re going to wear. Gather together snacks, keys, your wallet, purse, cell phone, and laptop.  Get everything organized and ready for the day.

Jot it down! College professors will be heaping on the homework.  Assignments, study groups, or dinner with friends?  Don’t rely on your memory – write it down! Whether you use a planner, small calendar, your laptop, or a notebook, get used to writing down everything you need to do and you’ll save yourself plenty of headaches and missed deadlines in the long run!

Decisions, Decisions. It’s called time management.  What are the most important items on your to-do list?  While it might be tempting to hang out everyday with your friends, those essays won’t write themselves (unfortunately).  Learn how to juggle your college homework with studying, friends, and campus activities early on before it becomes a problem.

Got Stress? Get into the homework groove and out of the procrastination rut.  Wouldn’t it be nice having a paper done days before it’s due – instead of mere hours?  When you feel overwhelmed – take a break! Use 15 minutes to do anything but schoolwork and come back to it feeling a little refreshed, energized, and ready to dig back in!

Have any tips you would like to share?  Please, add them in the comments section below.

15 FireFox Add-ons to Rock Your College World (and Increase Productivity)

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Customize your heart out with 15 add-ons for the Firefox Browser.  Streamline your college life (and beyond): get organized, remember events, increase productivity, and stop wasting time!  Choose what complements your browsing style (and what works with your version of Firefox) with a few of these fantastic Firefox plug-ins, and make your life (and the transition to college) a little easier.

FireFox.  It Rocks our Socks.

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LeechBlock — Getting sucked into Reddit or YouTube when you should be studying?  Set what sites to block and when so you can work without temptation – lots of customization here!

QuickDrag – Highlight a phrase to search Google, load a URL, and more, just using your mouse!  Who needs all that typing, anyway? 

Wired-Marker – Research making you go cross-eyed?  Highlight text on a Web page and when you return…it will still be highlighted!  And, yes, you even get to choose the colors.

Tree Style Tab – Don’t you hate the way tabs go across the screen?  After awhile, you can’t even see them all.  Tree Tab Style lines them up neatly down the side.  It takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s so much easier to see, trust us!

Colorful Tabs – Tabs blend in.  Make them stand out with Colorful Tabs!  Customize colors, even set specific colors for a site so you know what (and where) it is at a glance.  Best of all?  It works with Tree Tab Style!

FireGestures – Navigate web pages easier than ever – simply click and drag left to go backward, click and drag right to move forward…you get the idea.  Forget the directional arrows, FireGestures makes it easy to go where you want to go!

TimeTracker – Do you lose track of time once you get online?  TimeTracker’s handy little clock tells you just how long you’ve been playing around on the internet with various options to make it your own.

History Tree – Digging through history to find that ONE web page you need is less than fun.  This Mozilla Add-on prize winner displays your browsing history tree style so you can find what you need faster than ever!  Spend less time digging and more time doing!

Undo Closed Tabs Button – Ever get click happy and accidently exit a webpage that you actually need?  Oops.  No rummaging around in your history, just click the undo closed tabs button and get back to work (or play).

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WOT Safe Browsing Tool – Web of Trust let you know if a site can do possible harm to your computer before you enter it!  It alerts you to potential nastiness and lets you decide whether or not you still want “in.”

ReminderFox — Never forget your mother’s birthday again!  Stay on top of college application due dates, financial aid deadlines, and scholarship cut-off dates with ReminderFox.  Awesome!

Adblock Plus – I hate pop-ups, you hate pop-ups, prevent pop-ups with this one!  You’ll never have to look at a pop-up again with Adblock Plus!

Down Them All! – A download accelerator and manager just for Firefox.  It’s fast, period!

NoSquint – You can’t burn any ants with this one!  Next time you pull an all-nighter and the words start to run together, you can zoom right in on what you need – even change text colors to make it easy on your eyes (red text?  Um, hello!) with this awesome add-on.

Morning Coffee – You wake up, you hit the internet, you check email, Twitter, maybe browse Digg or StumbleUpon.  Morning Coffee keeps track of (and lets you set) the pages that have become part of your morning routine.

What Firefox add-ons do you use and recommend?  Talk about them in the comments below!