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Executive Function

“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.”
- Peter Drucker -

Overview

Executive Function is a set of cognitive processes that are located within the prefrontal cortex of the brain. These neural networks control a wide variety of behaviours relating to planning, organisation and emotional control. Mastering these skills have been widely shown by research to correlate to positive outcomes in later life relating to both career success and mental health. These skills evolve over time and adolescence is an especially important period to ensure students can realise their full potential in both their academic and social lives.

How is it relevant to schoolchildren?

These are the skills, in spite of high ability, that can underpin success in a child’s academic life. Despite being most pronounced in children with ADHD and other learning differences these skills affect most children in some form. Executive function difficulties can manifest in issues relating to time management, concentration in class, essay planning, homework completion or exam performance.

What age range is your course most relevant for?

This course is suitable for children age about 11 and older when issues with planning, organisation and negative self image can arise as a result of being labelled ‘underachievers’ and becoming disengaged with school.

Course Leader

Paula

Study Skills Specialist

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Paula

Study Skills Specialist

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A full time tutor since 2009, Paula (BSc) originally trained in Child Psychology and is now a qualified Academic Coach, targeting the development of Executive Functioning skills, helping children to take control of the learning process and improve their organisation, time management, workload prioritisation and day-to-day effectiveness of their studies. Paula offers a free 30 minute telephone consultation to explain the content of her bespoke programme further.

Course Content

A 30 minute complimentary call is offered to all families initially to explain how the course can be delivered to best address a child’s difficulties, followed by a 1 hour student assessment. A bespoke programme is then created with personalised strategies and ongoing support provided online. Our EF specialists can offer a one-off masterclass, a weekly series or an intensive 2-5 day programme. Typical areas in which students benefit include the following:

  • Executive Functions
  • Time management
  • Planning & organisation
  • Prioritisation of workload
  • Concentration/focus in class
  • Essay planning
  • High standard homework completion
  • Exam preparation & performance
  • Confidence & proactive mentality

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“I really couldn’t have accomplished my 2 A*s and 2 As in my A-Levels without Paula. From the off, her dynamic, pragmatic and understanding way of tutoring were by far and beyond the most progressive and useful I have ever seen.”

Francesco Bell

Student who attained a place at Cambridge University

The study room in which they worked soon became covered in colourful posters which broke down the information using various mapping and imaging techniques.  Leo was very engaged by this new approach and was often to be found walking around the room studying these posters.

Lady Catherine Faulks

Mother who engaged a Travelling Tutor over the summer

“Bea is extremely reliable and hardworking. She works independently and was always eager to try and find new ways in which to tackle a problem. Indeed, I found her creative spirit quite infectious, as did Elliot who seemed more willing with her to try new and innovative ways to approach book reports, essays and even class presentations.”

Michelle Thompson

Mother's feedback on tutor

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