Executive functioning is a set of skills that allows a person to coordinate daily tasks and to be successful with goal directed activities, much like an executive of a large company. These skills include planning projects, determining how long a project will take, prioritizing assignments, keeping track of items, initiating tasks, retaining information, and shifting attention from one task to another. Many students struggle with developing these skills.
There are many strategies and resources available which can help students develop executive functioning skills. Calendars, alerts, binders and timers all help with organization of time and materials. Cloud storage systems such as Google Drive and Dropbox allow students to have access to papers and assignments in multiple locations. Summarizing tools on-line and through Chrome extensions allow information to be condensed. Mobile technologies have enabled students to have strategies for organization available continuously.