In our private tutoring practice, we see many students asking for help with “executive functioning.” This buzz phrase refers to, in short, one’s ability to stay organized and successfully orchestrate the many facets of life.
Some people describe executive function as “the CEO of the brain.” That’s because executive functioning skills allow us to set goals, plan and get things done. When kids struggle with executive skills, it impacts them in school and in everyday life.
Executive functioning weaknesses show up for many students, particularly those who struggle with attention. For the purposes of our work, we are less interested in a student’s diagnosis, and more focused on harnessing the strategies that can help students with their executive skills.
There are three main areas of executive functioning. They are: