Learn how to:
- Organize your study station
- Stay focused and on track
- Work efficiently
- Minimize tech and household distractions
- Set SMART goals
- Prioritize self-care using the PACE system
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What’s in the checklist
Learn How To…
Organize and customize your workspace to suit you, prepare your task list, plan your weekly schedule, and use a timer.
Anticipate your needs and minimize distractions so your mind isn’t tempted to wander.
Get Work Done
Set daily objectives using the SMART method and take breaks when needed.
Take Care of Yourself
Prioritize self-care and self-kindness, using the PACE system to ensure your needs are met.
What is Executive Functioning?
Executive functioning refers to an interrelated set of cognitive processes that govern goal-directed behaviors and enable us to effectively manage everyday activities. Basically, executive functioning skills help us successfully get things done. A host of academic abilities rely on executive functioning but these abilities are also tremendously important outside of the classroom.
Are We Born With Executive Functioning Skills?
Children aren’t born with executive functioning skills. While the potential to develop these abilities is innate, they take practice. If your child is struggling, thankfully, numerous studies demonstrate the ability of targeted interventions to significantly improve executive functioning.
What are the Key Executive Functioning Abilities?
Crucial executive functioning skills include planning ahead, keeping track of materials and tasks, managing time, effectively processing information, maintaining focus, organizing thoughts, adapting knowledge for particular situations, screening for errors, and managing frustration.
How Does Executive Functioning Impact Our Success?
Research shows executive functioning provides the foundation for success across academic, occupational, and social-emotional realms. Therefore, by encouraging the development of executive functioning skills and strategies, we can foster transformative changes within our students.
Our Students’ Success Speaks For Itself
“It is clear that Anna and her dedicated, specialized and empathic team of tutors go above and beyond the traditional tutor. Our family has used Organizational Tutors for over 4 years now and we are consistently impressed by the thought out process and ‘match’ that is done to meet each of my children’s specific learning needs. The careful considerations that are made to pair each child with an appropriate tutor is very apparent. We are continually impressed by the organization as a whole and the caliber of tutors that we have worked with.”Sarah
“Want to take a moment to say thank you for another great semester. Of all the teachers I’ve had I can think of no one else who has had so much impact on me in so many areas of my life. Whether I’m calendaring or working on an essay or thinking through relationships I often hear your voice in my head. I feel lucky and deeply grateful that I’ve gotten to work with you for so many years.”Ben
“I just wanted to touch base with you now that K has worked with P. I really think that she is so terrific and can truly help my daughter not just in this moment but long term. I feel she will help P build a strong foundation not only with strategies that can be used academically but emotionally as well. I’m very grateful, thank you!”K
“Thank you so much for your session recap. I'm glad to know that H was able to independently apply the strategies for solving tricky words that we have been teaching in class. We are seeing lots of transference of organizational strategies across all of my son's work in school. He is doing great!”H
“I wanted to share with you A's progress report, which we got at parent-teacher conferences yesterday. Overall, the feedback was really positive and his teachers have seen a big improvement in his ability to stay on task and work independently (yay!). You'll see the report says they're working with him to write out his daily schedule, but they told us that since they wrote the progress report, he's been doing so independently!”A
“I wanted to reach out to thank you for the tremendous support you gave I. You were absolutely instrumental in assisting him to launch back into college. Your positive approach, mixed with detailed direction, was just what he needed...We said to I that whenever he needs extra support he should not hesitate to reach back out to you because sometimes our path is not linear and he may well want that additional assistance. So in the meantime I really wish you well and thank you again for all that you did!”I
How We Are Different
A Unique Supervisory Model
What truly sets us apart at Organizational Tutors is the fact that we’re a network of independent professionals operating under a unique supervisory model. Each of our tutors works with a supervisor who is an expert educator, learning specialist, or neuropsychologist. This provides families with peace of mind knowing that their child is getting the most effective interventions. There are multiple sets of eyes on each case and we’re able to collaborate to find the best way to reach every student.
When a specialist or parent reaches out to us, they’ll have an intake call with an expert supervisor. The supervisor will delve into the student’s academic history and neuropsychological testing results, if available, as well as find out about the student’s personality, interests, learning style, and learning challenges.
After the intake process, the supervisor will identify the tutor within our network who is ideally suited to support the student based on the tutor’s experience, specialization, personality, and skill set. We pride ourselves on creating strong matches.
The supervisor has consistent check-ins with the tutor and reviews the tutor’s session summaries, offering written guidance and supplemental support. Everyone needs feedback and community support, and our model provides this for our tutors.
Reflection & Growth
As part of our commitment to excellence, we stay apprised of the latest research and tools. We also reflect on our cases to identify what worked and what was less successful and then share that with the team. This helps us hone our expertise and methodology.