What is executive functioning? Executive functioning is a term used in educational psychology to describe the cognitive processes that drive organization, planning, and rule acquisition. Executive functioning is the ability to regulate sensory experiences across a vast array of different disciplines and environments. It promotes the learner's ability to organize, engage, and integrate all areas of learning inside and outside of the classroom environment. When students struggle with executive functioning, they are often disorganized, have difficulty planning ahead, don't follow through on expected tasks, and give up on tasks easily. Tutors who assist with executive functioning help children with their processing speed, emotional well-being, self-regulation of attention, and organization of current and new tasks.
Parents who notice their child displays these tendencies are often concerned. Difficulty with executive functioning is common among school-age children. Organizational skills and study habits are not consistently taught in school settings, so children often rely on their own instincts for how to handle organizational tasks, homework, test preparation, and other significant aspects related to academic success. Every child handles these aspects differently. A private tutor can give your child the type of personalized and individual attention they need to succeed. This will not only help them with their current studies, but also help them in future classes.
Parents often wonder how they can track their child's progress in executive training. There are three easy ways that parents can monitor their child's progress. One way they can help is by being a part of the solution by monitoring your child's assignment notebook, backpack, and grades every day. Parents who are involved and ask questions can help their children to stay on track. However, if your child is struggling with using an assignment notebook, completing assignments fully and on time, completing long-term projects, and preparing for quizzes and tests by studying, a private tutor can help. Additionally, a tutor can help them schedule time each day for homework and studying outside of school, create plans for school and non-school related tasks, and break down these tasks into manageable pieces.
A private tutor can help your child overcome issues related to executive functioning. Varsity Tutors can help with this by having experienced educational directors assess the specific areas in which your child is struggling. They do this by asking specific questions that pinpoint the difficulties your child is having. Once they have established the areas that need work, our educational directors will help you connect with a tutor who can provide individualized, one-on-one instruction that will support your child's development in these areas. Tutors can also help by acting as a motivator. They can keep an eye on your child as they study or work on school-related tasks and verbally praise any improvement they see your child making.
It is important that parents be willing to ask questions and stay up to date. You should speak with your child's tutor, teachers, coaches, and any other adults that your child works with on a regular basis to find out if they see improvements in the specific areas that your child is working to improve. Their input is very valuable to measuring your child's success.
Whether you feel most comfortable meeting in a public setting or prefer to have your child study in your own home, a talented tutor is willing and able to meet you there. Our live learning platform also enables you and your child to meet with tutors face-to-face online. This allows you to pick the time and place that works best for you and your child. Call Varsity Tutors today to learn more about connecting with an executive functioning tutor near you.