Google Something Beautiful

A few years ago Google quietly unveiled a new search tool, Google Cultural Institute, which lets you search, explore, save, organize, and share images of art and culture from around the world. It’s really quite beautiful, and could offer inspiration or topics for students writing about fine art, history, and many other topics. Check out the video above, or go to


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.

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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:

Deleting your Face (book)

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Life without Facebook is almost impossible to imagine. Our days revolve around checking friends’ statuses, looking at friends’ vacations pictures and secretly being jealous, and changing our own profile picture to that one that makes us look 10 pounds skinnier than we actually are. This post from Huffington Post is from one father whose son took a vacation from Facebook; to his surprise he ended up getting more work done and had more face-to-face contact with his friends. Read this interesting (for some this may be a horror story) account of taking a vacation from Facebook. Here is the link:
Taking a break from Facebook might be a smart choice especially if you find yourself becoming too distracted by the networking site.

Parent and Family Members Hopes and Concerns: Class of 2015

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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:

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 <>!

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, and you can view a video about how to eCollege mobile at

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, or email Tracy Mendham from Franklin Pierce’s Center for Academic Excellence: for more information.

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Course concerns at Franklin Pierce, the College at Rindge

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Rindge students, if you received an email about “course concerns” today, read it and then speak to your instructor within the coming week.

The Coordinator of Academic Advising and the Academic Services Center ask professors of 100- and 200- level classes to let us know if they have concerns about a student during the first four weeks of classes.  Concerns can be anything from missing one or two classes, not having the books, not doing well on a quiz, or just being really homesick.   We can make suggestions to help students or try to connect the student with resources on campus that can help them.  Students may not know about all the people and offices on campus who can assist them academically.  The course concern emails (also known as Early Alerts or ESI’s) help connect the dots.

So if you have an email like that, talk to your professor (even if you think you know why you received the alert).  Your instructor can tell you what you need to do to succeed in their course.

Tuesday Tech Talk: Free (And Mostly Free) Apps for Students

If you’re on the Rindge campus of Franklin Pierce on Tuesday September 14th, please come to the Library Instruction Room at 7 pm to hear about our favorite apps for mobile devices and tell us which ones are most useful for you and other students.

Top Ten Apps for Students.

Brought to you by the Center for Academic Excellence and the Dipietro Library.