High School Executive Function Tutoring
In high school, expectations increase with a higher level of independence, management, and study skills required. Students have numerous subjects and teachers all with their own assignments, tests, and due dates on top of balancing a social life, digital distractions, and extracurriculars. It’s also the point when students are preparing to apply to college. It’s easy to see why executive functioning challenges can seem more obvious at this time in your child’s life.
Perhaps your teenager waits until the last minute to complete assignments, forgets to do their homework, or does poorly on tests even after studying. Organizational Tutors can help. We can match your high school student with an experienced executive functioning tutor to create an individualized plan that sets your student up for success.
Areas We Address
Every high school student is unique and we create personalized plans to achieve their individual needs and goals. In general, some of the key skills we help high school students develop include:
Organization and Planning
Students will develop an array of strategies helping them to plan, organize, and prioritize their work effectively. All students are encouraged to use a calendar and/or planner system as well as filing systems to organize school materials. With these organization tools in place, students will learn how to sequence daily assignments, break down multi-step instructions into small steps, and develop systems to plan and track long-term projects.
Students will utilize mindfulness and research-based emotion regulation skills to help identify and successfully navigate feelings of anxiety, sadness, and frustration as it relates to school-work. Having a clear and calm mind is essential for learning and productivity!
Students will develop strategies to help them manage their time. Students will begin by developing awareness of time through monitoring how long it takes them to complete different tasks. With practice, students will be able to estimate the time they need to complete a task with greater accuracy. Students will use time estimates when planning their work to ensure that their goals are realistic and achievable.
Task Initiation and Focus
Students will utilize skills to help them initiate assignments, decrease procrastination, and improve sustained focus. To target task initiation and procrastination, students will learn how to break down assignment instructions and create step-by-step plans for how to complete each assignment. Students will also develop the awareness and tools to combat the underlying causes of procrastination. To help stay on task, students will learn to enhance their focus by using a timer system to create personalized work and break periods.
Executive Functioning Coaching Toolbox
We create a customized program that meets each student’s specific needs and goals. We take the time to gain an understanding of where the challenges lie and what their impact is on the individual, school, and home settings before building an effective plan that addresses the underlying issues. Our tutors use a variety of methods to help strengthen a high school student’s executive functioning skills.
Strategies may include:
Ultimately, we want to empower your high school student to excel both academically and personally. Our goal is to help students independently apply skills rather than having them rely on a coach long term. This approach sets them up for a successful transition to college, and the skills they develop will benefit them throughout their entire lives.