Celebrities Confront Procrastination

Both videos end with a certain lack of closure. But procrastinators, you are not alone! Get hold of this time-killer before it undermines your academic progress. Scheduling study time, keeping a master calendar with due dates for course assignments, and keeping track of your grades and course standing can help you be accountable to yourself and successful.

Image of Sponge Bob writing at desk

Spongebob Squarepants: Typical American Procrastinator


Background noise is your friend when you’re trying to concentrate

College sImage of White Noise app screenshottudents often need to study or sleep in environments that are crowded or noisy, and background noise like your trusty fan can be helpful or even essential. There are also white noise apps for smartphones and online noise generators than can help. Check out:

The roses by the tennis courts at Franklin Pierce campus

Beautiful sweet-smelling flowers on a beautiful summer day


Parent Hopes and Concerns, July 15 STEP Day

On our July 15th STEP Day the Center for Academic Excellence asked the parents and family members of the Franklin Pierce University Class of 2015 to write down hopes and concerns they had about their student’s first year at college. We share them with you below in recognition of the important sacrifices and support families give their students sending them to our university. Thank you, families of the Class of 2015!

Wordle: Parent Hopes 7/15, Class of 2015

An appreciation of the importance of factual knowledge.
Be able to schedule time effectively.
Confirm what he wants to be
Expectation- graduate in 4 years
Find a career that she will be happy and successful in. Learn to mature without depending on me.
Find-self confidence- to feel comfortable asking for help.
For him to achieve all that he can academically, socially, and mature through his experiences.
For success in processing those “growing” experiences
Happiness and success
He belongs, he accesses support and help if he needs it.
He will become a well-rounded independent person able to care for himself, his family and his community.
Hope child matures.
Hope for her to be comfortable and involved with her days here. And to do things and activities that are a chance of a lifetime.
Hope for my son to enjoy learning and achieving his goals throughout his college experience. Both academically and in sports.
Hope for support if grades start to slip.
Hope for: Easy transition. The ability to acclimate herself to the different lifestyle and gain much more independence.
Hope he grows into the person he wants to become.
Hope he learns to prioritize + organize as well and not be fearful to ask for assistance when/where needed
Hope she gets involved.
Hope someone looks over him to make sure he is on track+ not overwhelmed- he is an athlete.
Hope that my son takes advantage of all the opportunities available to him here.
Hope that our son has the maturity to focus on school work and balance his social life.
Hope that she will be happy, well educated and accepting of others.
Hope that they take full advantage of all that is offered.
I am hoping that he gains confidence in himself.
I am thankful that FPU is offering days like today and pre-orientation, so my son can connect with others before he comes in August.
I guess my hope is that my son develops life experience and independence that lead him to be a more well rounded man.
I hope he graduates in 4 years and enjoys himself with healthy activities and lifelong memories.
I hope my dtr. enjoys college life while doing well academically
I hope my son will be able to successfully do his sport and do well in his studies. Also I hope he feels compelled to ask for help if he needs it.
I hope she makes good choices with good guidance. Thanks!
I hope that my son takes ownership of his education and asks for help if he needs it.
I hope that she can not stress herself out adjust to dorm life.
I hope that she discovers herself + follows through on her studies.
I want for my daughter to enjoy her experiences here at Franklin Pierce and get the most out of her experiences & education.
I want her to be the best she can be and be able to know how to do that or learn how to do that.
I’d like to see my student get involved!
More independence, responsibilities, and knowledge. Make friends that will last forever and find herself.
My hope is my daughter will get organized and become a self starter.
My hope is that she continues to thrive and grow as she had in high school, and has an awesome experience here!
She gets involved in the world around here and takes action to make it better.
Social relationships and activities other than academics
That my son will feel knowledgeable + comfortable accessing the resources that are here for him.
That our daughter will fit in socially and academics she will be able to keep with workload
That she finds an area of study that she is passionate about. That she will learn how to organize her schedule + develop better study habits.
To continue to become independent while maintaining a sense of family support. To try out new things and get out of the comfort zone. TO have FUN while learning.
To get the absolute most out of the 4 year experience and take advantage of the great opportunity.
We hope she will grow emotionally.
We hope that he gains independence, maturity, and he graduates.
What I want: To continue to figure out who he is, make new friends. He is very quiet, maybe to be a little more outgoing.
What we want for our daughter is success. She has the dream to make a movie/write a book and work for Disney.
Will enjoy the college experience- find his passion + get a job with this + make a decent living-

Wordle: Parent Concerns Class of 2015

Ability to manage time and responsibilities
About her academic situation
Afraid he won’t get involved with campus life
Asking for help when needed
Balance school and social activities
Being encouraged to ask for help if she is struggling with anything
Biggest problem-time management and organizational skills
Can my son reasonably expect to keep a good academic performance and play a sport at this level?
Can there be a roommate “switch” if the 2 students find they are not compatible
Concerned about toga parties, drinking.
Concerned that he might introvert + miss out
Concerned that she may close herself off and not interact with people
Concerned: whether he will eat enough. He is very thin + picky
Counseling services available any stigmas
Difficulty managing academics with sports
Do the students receive the same type of light, yet very candid message from the staff that the parents do?
Does this environment help the student mature and remain focused as each year the studies become more involved and challenging
Easily distracted. Very verbaly opinionated.
Fear is boyfriend influencing her + making her homesick
Getting work done on time. She tends to be a perfectionist and spends too much time on papers/homework
Going to class
He will get overwhelmed academically and shut down instead of reaching out for help
Her adjustment to being independent
His “internet community” is really important to him–don’t want him to ignore the “real community”
How do we ensure safety and what can we do to make sure she is safe
I am afraid that my child will not ask for help because they are afraid to ask.
I am concerned about her fitting in, making friends + allocating her time.
I am concerned that he will struggle with finding a way to organize his time on his own
I am concerned, because he is very quiet and shy, that he will not seek academic or other help when he needs to.
I certainly hope he keeps his experiences all in perspective
I have heard that there is a lot of underage drinking that goes on—how is this controlled/dealt with?
I worry that my son will fall behind in his classes and not seek help.
If he has a hard time in a class is help easy to find
If he is not “engaging” in academics we will be informed
Is there an advisor on each floor? Upper classman
Loosing touch with daughters progress and her
Maybe too much partying
My biggest concern is did I instill a good enough work ethic in him to get it done w/o my constant prodding
My biggest concern is that the roommate my daughter gets will not be a good fit for her and she will be too embarrassed to ask for a change
My child can sometimes be shy + nervous. I worry he won’t ask for help
My concern is anxiety and her thinking she’s not “living up” to all the expectation
My concern is she is shy + I’m afraid she will be scared to get involved with things she loves.
My concern is that he feels he doesn’t fit in
My concern is that my daughter will make socializing her first priority
My daughter is a bit of a “social wild child”
Only children sharing space
Organizational time management doing too much at once.
Our concern is that he seeks extra help when he struggles
Overwhelmed with being “on her own”
Peer pressure, academic pressure, home sickness, financial stress. Possibly not open up to others.
Roommate issues
Security-safeness on campus
Shuttle service- she will not have a car-how dependable is it
Son and two friends will all be freshmen. Hope they support each other rather than hang.
Student organizational skills
Students understand the expectations to attend + have books
That being 18 does not mean they know it all-that parents are still there to help
That she won’t advocate for herself if she has issues.
Time management
Time management btwn-academics, sports + activities
Time management not asking for help
Time management now that I am not pushing
Time management organizational skills
Underage drinking 1) what does the school do to prevent + what are the disciplinary measures after the fact. 2) Health + security
Video games!
What supports are avl. for students with mental health issues?
Worried about her struggles with math and her not asking for help until it’s too late

Parent and Family Members Hopes and Concerns: Class of 2015

Wordle: Parent Hopes & Concerns Class of 2015
Please visit our Parent and Family Member’s Hopes and Concerns page for insight into the aspirations and apprehensions family members hold about their students first year at college. They are heartfelt, savvy, and sometimes humorous: https://schoogle.wordpress.com/parent-and-family-members-hopes-concerns-class-of-2015

Using and Citing Sources in Your Writing

I was pleased to be back in the classroom today visiting an ESL class to talk about using and citing sources in MLA style.  I am especially enthusiastic about the fact that the References tool in recent versions of Microsoft Word and sites such as EasyBib free students from some of the mechanical labor of citing, so they are free to focus on more important issues of voice, style, and academic honesty.  My handout is at http://bit.ly/mendhamt_cite_ell, and if it is useful to you, please feel free to use it in your own.

Tracy Mendham  –  Center for Academic Excellence Franklin Pierce University  –  April 14, 2011  –  Online version of this document at http://bit.ly/mendhamt_cite_ell

Using and Citing Sources in your Writing

What is citing and why should students do it?
As you move forward in college, you will be asked to use sources in the essays you write, and to document those sources. Using sources means supporting your ideas with the use of a source–something another person has said or written–and documenting sources means giving credit to that source using a system recognized by your academic discipline. The system you will learn first is called MLA style documentation, which was designed by the Modern Language Association.

Reasons to document:

  1. To show that the material is not your own
  2. To give credit to the original author and show respect for their work
  3. To allow a reader to find a source you have used 

(Citing sources is another word for documenting sources.)

Important: In US academic culture, your readers will assume anything you write consists of your own, original thoughts and words unless you specifically indicate otherwise by citing your sources. To fail to cite will mislead your reader and is considered academic dishonesty (that is, plagiarism or cheating).

What is the process for citing sources in your writing?
Whenever you quote, paraphrase, or summarize a source, you must take three main steps:

  1. Indicate where the cited material begins and ends (using quotation marks and/or a signal phrase)
  2. Put an in-text (or parenthetical) citation after the material you have cited which gives the author’s last name and if appropriate, the page number
  3. Whenever you cite a source, provide a corresponding entry in a Works Cited page at the end of your paper. Follow the MLA style to organize the information properly for each entry.

An in-text citation includes the author’s last name (unless it has already been made clear in the sentence) and the page number where you found the words, ideas, or facts. If you have an online source that does not provide page numbers, just leave that part out. If the author is unknown, you can give the title of the work instead of the author’s last name.
What are some examples of correct in-text citations in sentences?
Granny D, also known Doris Haddock, describes walking across the country through harsh conditions (Haddock 4).
As Doris Haddock says, “One can consider things more creatively at such a distance. And old age is no shame in the desert” (4).
On a blog called HackCollege one student writer explains how to communicate correctly with a professor during a crisis: “Make sure that when you are communicating your needs, you completely understand what will be required of you (and of your professors!) when he/she makes an accommodation for your situation. Ask questions if you’re unsure” (Breedlove).
What does a correct Works Cited list look like?

Works Cited

Haddock, Doris, with Dennis Burke. Granny D: You’re Never Too Old to Raise a Little Hell. New York: Villard Books, 2003.

Eric, Breedlove. “Guest Post: Communicating Your Crisis.” HackCollege – Student-Powered Lifehacking. 5 Apr. 2011. Web. 14 Apr. 2011.

Where can students find out more information about citing sources correctly?
The Purdue OWL MLA Formatting and Style Guide webpage at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
Researching writing guide books such as A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker
Go to YouTube.com and search for a MLA style tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mla+format+tutorial&aq=f

The math help you need, when you need it

Khan Academy is a terrific and huge collection of short YouTube tutorials on all sorts of math problems, from refreshers on multiplying by fractions to quadratic functions to calculus.  Check it out if you’re struggling with a concept or homework problem!

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Salman Khan's explanation of multiplying fractions

AMP: Fuzzy slippers not included

What do stAMP Facebook Group screenshotudents like? Succeeding academically, helping each other, and doing it from the comfort of their dorm room. That’s why the Center for Academic Excellence at Franklin Pierce has started a Facebook group for AMP, the Academic Motivation and Persistence forum. If you go to school at FP, please visit us at <http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_179967148703504>!

This semester, keep your motivation up and feel connected to other students across Franklin Pierce by participating in AMP, the online Academic Motivation and Persistence Forum. It’s simple. Click on Join and the administrator from Academic Services will add you to the group. Visit the group whenever you feel like it and post an academic status update: Are you having a good week? Do you have a question or problem? Can you help a group member with advice or encouragement? Share on the group wall!

Cool new features for College of Professional and Graduate Studies students

iPhone showing eCollege ScreenThere are two excellent changes being made for Franklin Pierce’s CGPS students this term.
First, all CGPS students are going to be assigned Franklin Pierce email accounts. These email addresses, which will use Windows Live, will make it easier for students, faculty, and staff to communicate with each other–full digital citizenship for all FP learners!
Second, eCollege, the online learning tool used for CGPS hybrid and 100% online courses, can now be accessed through mobile devices such as iPhones. This will be valuable tool for our busy and mobile 21st century learners.  The address is m.franklinpierceonline.net, and you can view a video about how to eCollege mobile at http://epmedia.ecollege.com/media/eteach/atctrain/studentintro.html

Name it. Share it. Do it.

Keep on keeping on.

Keep your motivation up and feel connected to other students across Franklin Pierce’s campuses by participating in AMP, the online Academic Motivation and Persistence Forum.

AMP is for all students at Franklin Pierce—part time or full time, on any of our campuses or online.

It’s simple. Set up a free account on the microblogging site Twitter, and post one academic goal you have each week. Label it as part of the AMP Forum by including the tag #ampf (#gampf if you’re a grad student). You can post from any computer with Internet access or your cell phone if you can send a text.

Naming a goal will help you notice your own progress and learn from your experience. By taking part in the stream of student goals you can help others by giving them ideas, showing them they’re not alone, or even replying directly and encouraging them by using the Reply button.

Learn more at http://bit.ly/mendhamt_ampf, or email Tracy Mendham from Franklin Pierce’s Center for Academic Excellence: mendhamt@franklinpierce.edu for more information.

Watch who’s AMPing at http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23ampf