Tips for Executive Functioning

Have you ever felt that, no matter what you do, you can never stay organized? With a new year and a new school semester, we understand how difficult it can be to be and stay motivated. Executive functioning refers to a number of skills, including:

  • Paying attention
  • Organizing, planning and prioritizing
  • Starting tasks and staying focused on them to completion
  • Understanding different points of view
  • Regulating emotions
  • Self-monitoring (keeping track of what you’re doing)

Here are some tips and tricks from our executive functioning tutors on how to start the new year off right!

Tips for Students

  • Plan out your assignments
    • Break things up into manageable pieces
  • Estimate timing before beginning
    • How long will it take to complete each task?
    • Write out the time estimates and track your actual timing
  • Prioritize by deadline, length of assignment and comfort with subject
    • Use stars or other labels to indicate priority level
    • Understand that starting with something easy/ comfortable may work best for some students while doing the hardest thing first may be better for others
  • Make things specific
    • What resources do you have? What resources do you need?
    • What will doing this task actually involve?
  • Celebrate small successes and place them in a larger context
  • Use checklists

Items to help you Organize

  • Planner
  • Google calendar
  • Timeline
  • Color coding
  • Spreadsheet/ grid
  • Reminders apps

If you think your student needs more guidance, Aspire has great executive functioning trained tutors.