Executive Functioning with Online Learning Coaches

By The Study Hall | Nov 21, 2020
Photo by: Allan Shoemake

Online Learning Coaches, LLC offers a variety of different services to help students maximize their education. One of those services includes work with executive functioning. Executive Functioning is defined as the set of mental skills that include working memory, self monitoring, planning and prioritizing, task initiation, organization and flexible thinking. These skills are used every day to learn. Deficits with executive functioning can make it hard to focus, follow directions, initiate tasks, among other things.

The Learning Coach Approach

Learning coaches specialize in teaching organizational, planning and prioritizing skills. These skills promote task initiation, decrease the stress associated with assignment completion and test preparation, and promote self awareness, flexible thinking and working memory.


1. Set Goals

Learning coaches create individualized executive functioning goals based on age and need. A sample of questions used to generate these goals include:

  • Where do you study?

  • How do you study?

  • When do you do homework?

  • What do you do if you don’t understand the work?

  • Where do you put your work when you finish class?

  • Implement Goals
2. Implementation
Goals are implemented using the following sample of activities:

  • Provide/create an assignment book or weekly calendar.

  • Create checklists and to-do lists that include social engagements. Less is more but don’t forget to include things outside of class that conflict with school.

  • Color code notebooks, folders, and materials. Example: Math – red folder, notebook, highlight all math assignments in pink, English – yellow folder, notebook, yellow highlighter, etc.

  • Dedicate one homework space that is quiet, clean, organized with minimal distractions.

  • Keep a schedule. Example: Work 30 minutes and take a 10 minute break. These will be age appropriate and individualized.

  • Explicitly model note taking by utilizing note taking templates.

  • Show students exactly what to study and how to study it.

  • Break big assignments into smaller assignments. Example: Test on Friday – study 20 minutes every night. Paper due in 10 days – each day work on a portion of it.
3. Measure Success

Success is measured in many ways. Benchmarks include:

  • Creation of goals and records of goal completions.

  • Gain confidence and self awareness. If you have a question – ask.

  • Independently email teachers or talk to them – communication.

  • Know how to ask questions.

  • Be timely, neat, prepared and polite.


For more information visit our website at www.onlinelearningcoaches.com or email heath@onlinelearningcoaches.com.

If you appreciated reading this news story and want to support local journalism, consider subscribing today.
Call (207) 594-4401 or join online at knox.villagesoup.com/join.
Donate directly to keeping quality journalism alive at knox.villagesoup.com/donate.
Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.
Note: If you signed up using our new subscriber portal, your username is the email address you registered with and your password is in all caps