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Recent Posts by Beyond BookSmart:

Pets, Chores, & Other Nuisances: Negotiating Responsibilities at Home

Even though much of our work as Executive Function coaches focuses on helping students and adults work more effectively, you may be surprised to learn that we get a fair amount of questions during our presentations and talks that relate to managing a household, as well. And why not? After all, we use skills such as time management, emotion regulation, planning, and persistence in our everyday lives, too - not just when a report is due to the boss or a teacher. We took a few minutes to chat with author and CEO Michael Delman to find out how an Executive Function expert applies his knowledge to his own family life.



Five Ways to Study Smarter in College

Editor's note: We asked Michele Hearn, Director of Adult, College and Distance Coaching, what advice she has been giving to college students heading toward final exams. Below, she offers her top five strategies to get through those last weeks of the semester with less stress. Share with your favorite college (or high school) student!



Tutoring vs. Executive Function Coaching: Making an Informed Choice

Editor's note: From time to time, we will be asking guest bloggers to contribute to our blog. Mark Skoskiewicz, founder of MyGuru tutoring services, offers his perspective on how to discern a need for tutoring versus Executive Function coaching in students.

Almost everyone I’ve ever met knows what a tutor is – someone with deep expertise in an academic subject or standardized test who teaches a student core concepts. Executive Function coaching seems to be less well known and understood.

Executive Functions are self-management skills that help people achieve goals. An Executive Function coach, then, helps students manage their emotions, focus attention, organize and plan their work and time, and reflect upon and revise their tactics as circumstances change. Beyond BookSmart points out that robust Executive Functions are critical for meeting the challenges of ever-increasing school demands.

So, before getting into the difference, it is important to set the right context by pointing out that there is some overlap, in practice, between the support a tutor provides and the support an Executive Function coach provides.

 



Attention Soccer Moms! Focus on Staying Focused

We recently had a chance to chat with Dean M. Hebert, an applied sports psychology coaching professional and owner of Mindset for Performance LLC, an individual coaching and consulting company. He works with teams, athletes, parents, and coaches teaching the mental game of peak performance.