Whether it’s grad school, junior high, or anything in between, there’s no denying that the face of student life has changed significantly. Today’s student has to push harder and study smarter in order to compete in an age of information overload. And a big part of the modern student’s repertoire is their internet browser. It’s the gateway to homework, research, and a myriad of other activities – educational and social.
For students using Firefox as their web browser, Mozilla’s vast library of extensions makes it a vital tool in making the most out of your school year. Here’s a look at some of the best Firefox extensions for students:
If you’re looking for a streamlined, easy-to-use calendar application, Reminderfox is probably your best bet. It’s a great extension for setting reminders about upcoming classes, meetings, due-dates, study groups and social engagements. And using it couldn’t be easier. You simply add items, and then set up whether you’d like to be reminded daily, weekly, monthly, yearly or just once. Your reminder pops up in the lower corner of your screen at the scheduled time. Reminderfox also has a built-in “To Do” list, which lets you keep track of your daily assignments and productivity.
Often, one of the toughest challenges of completing a research paper, essay or thesis is composing a well-executed bibliography. Zotero is an extension that can collect information on everything from websites, magazines, online books and more. It organizes all of your sources and makes it easy to sort them and create a proper bibliography. Zoteo even collects Meta information from photos, white papers, PDFs and Word documents.
Whether you’re a math major, studying to be an engineer, taking a biology class or just fulfilling your yearly math class requirements, you’ll want to check out ForeCal. More than just a general calculator, FireCal is a comprehensive calculator extension. Features like unit conversions, body mass calculator, windchill calculator and even a color converter make it a must-have for students.
Anyone that spends extensive time online will find that after a while, they have tons of tabs open. Often this can lead to confusion and the occasional computer crash. Instead of sifting through dozens of open tabs, you might want to take a look at Taboo. Taboo is a Firefox extension that that allows you to save tabs (including the exact spot on a page) for later. Like a temporary bookmark, Taboo hold your spot, making it easy to get your research done without all the screen clutter.