Executive Function and Academic Success

Posted by | Jul 10, 2011

Executive function could be described as the actions we perform which enable us to override our habitual responses. In current psychology the consensus is that this  executive system is based in the frontal cortex of the brain which governs thought and action to produce coherent behaviour.  These goal directed behaviours are often referred to as executive function, executive attention or cognitive control and include:

  • Planning and decision making
  • Error correction and trouble shooting
  • Working memory and recall
  • Organizing and planning ahead
  • Self monitoring and impulse control
  • Problem solving and response execution

These executive skills support the setting and achieving of goals.

Clearly, academic success and successful life management hinge on these abilities.

Unfortunately, problems develop for students when executive weaknesses override the ability to create, organize, make plans or fulfill intentions. Those students wrestling with attentional or learning deficits often have very pronounced executive function weaknesses, which often results in frustration and poor academic performance. A student may be very intelligent, even gifted, and still fail to do well in school because of underdeveloped executive function.

With academic coaching students strengthen and develop essential executive skills.

Evoke students are consistently challenged by their coach to identify needs and create solutions. We support our clients in their organization and task completion and students are held accountable. In regular meetings with clients we set weekly goals, identify road blocks to achievement and create plans of action.

With Evoke Coaching students are equipped with the tools and skills to feel confident, manage tasks large and small, achieve goals and fulfill their individual potential.

Read more about Evoke Academic Coaching HERE