What Exactly Is Executive Function?
Executive Function is a “self-management system of the brain” (FOOTNOTE BELOW). It is a set of skills that allow people to control their behavior and direct it toward longer-term goals, rather than doing what is automatic or easiest to accomplish.
There are three broad categories where executive skills come into play:
2. behavior and emotions, and
3. social situations and relationships.
While The StudyPro focuses most directly on learning skills, the behavioral and emotional side have a large effect on learning success (e.g. anxiety that causes avoidance of work, etc.).
Learners develop their executive skills at vastly different times in their academic careers. Some students come by executive skills naturally and don’t need to “externalize” the process. Others need support with developing strategies for success until the process becomes natural for them. The continuum for brain maturation is natural and appropriate, but not forgiving to the student who has not internalized the necessary skills to meet the demands of their school curriculum.