To make new information stick (vocabulary, facts & etc), try spacing out study sessions over several weeks. Research on what is know as the “spacing effect” shows that we form stronger and more lasting memories by exposing ourselves to information over time. Repeated cycles of learning, consolidating, and then re-encountering material fix it firmly in our minds. Avoid last minute cramming if you can help it.
Executive Function is the part of the brain that sets goals, plans, organizes, pays attention, and retrieves memorized information. This part develops most during the elementary school years and does not reach full maturity until around age 21.
It is important for students to file each subject’s papers into its own section so they can be retrieved again if needed.
ADHD and executive function students often find assisted technology helpful in dealing with daily challenges. Some of the beneficial ones include voice-activated software, personal organizers, books on tape, and outlining computer programs.
When creating an organizational system, never have a “miscellaneous” folder. Most kids that do have a “miscellaneous” folder end up having random papers in there. Then the student doesn’t know what is in there later because it is unorganized. Each sheet of paper should have its own place to go.
Every month clean out backpacks, binders and folders. Carry only the papers that are necessary for class.
Don’t allow fear to get in the way of desire. When we show a student that they can overcome their academic fears, they become successful. This is true for all types of students including ones with executive function, Asperger’s, PDD, language based disabilities, regular ed. and etc.
Students with memory issues may use a digital recorder to make voice notes. A notepad can also be used to jot brief notes to jog memory later.
Chess is a game that every student should learn and play. It helps to strengthen the brain for problem solving, math and executive functio
Students with executive function need help with time management and organization. Micromanaging is often needed until they can work independently.