Executive Function & Study Skills Are Essential for Academic Success

Executive Function & Study Skills Are Essential for Academic Success

Executive Function & Study Skills Are Essential for Academic Success

Executive Function & Study Skills Are Essential for Academic Success

While we assume our schools are properly preparing students for middle school, high school, and the daunting move to college, they often neglect to prioritize instruction and support in essential study strategies. Despite the crucial role well-honed study skills and excellent executive functioning (EF) play in achieving academic success, schools frequently overlook these areas.

Instead, they teach content—subjects like algebra, biology, and the history of the Constitution. It’s really quite ironic, considering the “job” of students from middle school through college is to study and do homework.

Shouldn’t somebody be teaching students how to study and manage their homework?

Here are the Five EF Areas to Foster Throughout a School Career:
  1. Independence: Granting students increasing responsibilities and autonomy in their routines is an essential step to helping them transition successfully to the next level in school.
  2. Planning: As students move up in grades, demands get heavier and the opportunities for distraction explode with increasing school-related and social activities.
  3. Note Taking: The ability of students to take notes in a form that promotes easy recall is a vital skill.
  4. Writing: Organizing thoughts and finding evidence for strong arguments is key to building a strong foundation in expository writing.
  5. Identifying Information Sources: Students must assimilate information in written, verbal, and visual formats. It’s essential they become proficient in navigating the various modalities teachers use to share information.
Where Can You and Your Student Turn for Help in These Areas . . . and More?

For more than 25 years, SOS4Students has been helping middle school, high school, and college students get and stay organized, hone time management skills, improve study habits, and enhance their note-taking skills. Contact Us

Our summer workshops (see below) and summer coaching (more information on summer coaching coming soon) are specifically tailored to prepare students for what comes next and to position them for successful futures in school and in life.

Download our SOS4Students 2024 Summer Workshops Flyer (PDF).

Summer 2024 Workshop Registration Is Live!

It’s never too early to begin planning for summer vacation and making time for your student to attend one or more of our popular summertime executive-function-based programs.

  • Designed to build study tools, habits, and strategies.
  • Our workshops sell out, so register before May 31, 2024, to ensure a spot and lock in early bird rates.
  • All workshops are held in-person at Orinda Academy Campus (19 Altarinda Rd, Orinda, CA 94563).

GRADES 4 & 5

Junior Executive Brain Bootcamp helps 4th and 5th graders prepare for middle school by honing foundational executive function skills. Sign Up


Mastering Middle School is an intensive master workshop that prepares and teaches incoming 6th graders everything they need to know for a successful transition to middle school. Sign Up

GRADES 7 & 8

Middle School Blitz teaches students entering grades 7 & 8 the essential study strategies they need to manage increasingly complex homework, long-term assignments, and outside activities. Sign Up

Take Note: Introduction to Note Taking for Grades 7 & 8 teaches this fundamental skill to lay the groundwork for continued success in high school, college, and beyond. Sign Up


Nailing Ninth Grade prepares students and parents for the transition from middle school to high school, including how to handle increased workloads and work more independently. Sign Up

GRADES 10 to 12

Executive Brain Bootcamp teaches executive function skills and strategies high school students need to jumpstart complex tasks, plan, prioritize, and become better organized. Sign Up

GRADES 9 to 12

Secrets of Successful Note Taking demystifies the essential skill of note taking best practices for textbooks, videos, and lectures, making reading and class time more productive. Sign Up

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