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Executive Function Skills: The Key to Academic Success


What Are Executive Function Skills?

Executive Function skills are self-management skills that help students (and adults) achieve goals. In order to be effective, students must be able to manage their emotions, focus attention, organize and plan their work and time, and reflect upon and revise their tactics as circumstances change. As the demands of school increase each year, having well developed Executive Function skills becomes critical in order to perform well in school. Students who have been diagnosed with ADHD and/or other learning differences often have Executive Function challenges; however, students need not have a formal diagnosis to struggle in this area.

Students are expected to have well developed Executive Function skills by the time they reach high school, but these critical life skills are not typically taught in elementary school or middle school. With expert guidance and structure, students can learn to effectively manage themselves so that they are equipped for taking on challenges in school or in life. Consistent academic performance requires stamina, which is built on a foundation of solid Executive Function skills.

What Executive Function skills do students need?

  • Managing time
  • Organizing thoughts and materials
  • Paying attention
  • Planning and prioritizing
  • Getting started (task initiation)
  • Staying on track
  • Remembering what to do and when to do it
  • Problem solving
  • Self-reflection
  • Managing emotions and impulses

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