Evoke’s Academic Foundations (8, one-hour sessions) introduces students (Grades 7 through postsecondary) to key foundational concepts necessary for academic performance. Informed by current neuroscience, the program focuses on both academic skills and non-cognitive factors, such as procrastination, the science of success, and the ability to learn from mistakes. Students are introduced to information, strategies and tools that will help them navigate next year’s academic curriculum and enhance their learning, organizational and study skills. Students will engage in conversations about how the brain functions, how we learn, how information is processed and stored, and how memory impacts learning. Individualized strategies and approaches will be developed for students to apply in their upcoming academic career. This information is particularly helpful for those students with executive functioning challenges.

Research into brain development and how it processes, retains and retrieves information is translated into program topics. Sessions may include conversations on:

  • Mindset
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Goal Setting
  • Motivation
  • Academic procrastination
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Self-care
  • Executive functions
  • Study skills
  • Reading, writing and note-taking skills
  • The science of success

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