Executive Function Skills: At Your Own Pace




The executive functions are a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one’s resources in order to achieve a goal. It is an umbrella term for the neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation. In this course, we will cover executive functions, followed by a unit on study skills. The study skills unit is a great foundation for learners who may or may not be struggling; these are absolutely necessary skills for success in any part of life.

Each lesson is divided into five parts: introduction, modeling, guided practice, independent practice, and reflection. In each module, you can expect learners to discuss the skill (introduction), information about using these skills outside of education (modeling), and activities to practice the skill (independent practice). Each skill also has printable handouts to aid in comprehension. These are completed as homework and uploaded to our classroom. Learners are required to formulate responses to discussion board posts (guided practice)–this is how discussions take place. Learners will be expected to practice the skills we learn outside of class and report back to the class via the discussion board posts about how these worked out (reflection). Video check-ins from me are provided, and up to three 20-minute live meetings can be scheduled if needed. I check frequently in on our classroom and respond ASAP to posts.

Designed for learners who need extra time to work at their own pace, this course is done AYOP (at your own pace)/flexible schedule. Learners will work through the modules as they are able. You have up to 90 days to finish the entire course , but you’ll have access to downloaded material for life. Learners typically complete 1-2 modules per week; each module includes handouts, discussion board posts, and any other relevant material.

Anticipated Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction
Module 2: Planning
Module 3: Organization
Module 4: Time Management
Module 5: Task Initiation
Module 6: Working Memory
Module 7: Metacognition
Module 8: Self-Control
Module 9: Sustained Attention
Module 10: Flexibility
Module 11: Perseverance


This course can be scheduled at any time. Please enroll and you’ll be sent access to materials within 48 hours. You have up to six months to complete the course. This course does not require or provide live meetings, unless they’re specifically requested.