What is executive functioning?
It’s likely you’ve heard about executive functioning (we like to call it EF), but maybe you don’t really know what it’s all about. Basically, it’s the actions we take to follow through and complete tasks. EF skills help us organize our physical (and digital!) materials, manage our time, plan activities, prepare for tests, and regulate our emotions and mindset.
For all of our wishing and hoping, children don’t wake up one day with fully developed EF skills. Instead, they need to be explicitly taught, one step at a time, across various assignments. A Nurturing Wisdom tutoring director and tutor will take the time to get to know your child’s learning style, strengths, and weaknesses so that they can effectively learn these skills and gain independence.
Would my child benefit from executive functioning tutoring?
Executive functioning skills enable students to be truly independent. If you find yourself nagging your child to clean out their book bag, turn in their homework on time, or study for tests, they may need explicit instruction about how to do these things!
But even if your child isn't struggling, almost every student can benefit from some explicit instruction on their organization, time management, or study skills. Many students simply need help working more efficiently so they have time for the things they love.
What skills do you work on in executive functioning tutoring?
Our students typically work with their tutors on four main areas:
- Physical Organization: Students learn how to set up an organizational system to manage their notebooks, assignments, and handouts for school.
- Time and Assignment Management: Students learn how to work productively, stay focused, and maximize their time.
- Study Skills and Note Taking: Students learn effective study habits such as note-taking, annotation, and study techniques.
- Anxiety, Self Advocacy, and Mindset: Students learn how to manage their internal thought processes and emotions to better handle their school work.
If you'd like to learn more about how we approach these skills in tutoring, click here.
How does executive functioning tutoring work?
During the school year, tutors teach your child executive functioning skills through their school work. We choose one to two classes to focus on more heavily, helping your child improve both their content knowledge and executive functioning skills. During each session, we use homework, project work, and upcoming tests and quizzes to teach a variety of executive functioning skills. This authentic practice helps students take ownership of their work and gain independence!
Each week, most executive functioning students complete one 1.5 hour in-person session and one 30 minute online check-in. Students do the bulk of their executive functioning and academic work in the in-person session, and use the online session to check in on progress, make adjustments, and study for upcoming tests and quizzes. We find that this combination gives students the support they need to implement strategies throughout the week but also pushes them toward independence.
Can we work on executive functioning skills during the summer?
Yes! During the summer, we can lay the foundation of executive skills that students need to be successful during the school year. Our summer executive functioning tutoring is typically followed by school year tutoring so students can be supported by their tutor as they transition those skills into their school work.
What do you do if my child does not want to get tutoring?
It's not uncommon for students who need help improving executive functioning skills to be resistant to tutoring. That's why we put such careful consideration into finding just the right tutor for your child. Finding a tutor who your child connects with and respects can make a world of difference! Your child's tutor will also work with them to make decisions about which executive functioning strategies to implement and when. The more ownership your child has, the more likely it is that they will buy into getting help!
Want to learn more?
Contact us today so that we can put together a customized executive functioning plan for your child!
Here are the pro's of online tutoring: Not having to go anywhere - just sit at the computer at home! He doesn't depend solely on me - I get a break! Watching the tutor get his agreement on actions, then writing out goals and faithfully addressing these at each session. His tutor is young, fun, and keeps him focused without the "mom factor." So far, Matthew has improved his grades from C's, D's, and F's to A's, B's and C's!
We had a wonderful tutoring experience. Our tutor worked with our son, John, for most of the school year. It didn’t take long for them to form a nice “working” relationship that developed into a bond. He made progress with everything she presented to him. He was so eager to impress her that we’d hear him talking to himself as he fell asleep about the things they worked on. Clearly she motivated him and knew how to get the best from him. She was flexible with scheduling, prompt and worked hard to accommodate John’s specific challenges and needs.