Executive Function Coaching for Middle and High School Students

Master Important Skills for 6th - 12th Grade and Beyond

"I can't believe it's 8:00, and you haven't even started your homework yet!"

"You have a project due tomorrow! What are you doing in here? That's it--we're taking your phone!"

"You're never going to pull that grade up if you can't sit down to study for more than five minutes at a time!"

Sound familiar? Having a middle or high school student who constantly loses track of assignments and deadlines is frustrating--but you're not alone.

Children aren't born with the executive function skills they need to succeed. Strategies for time management, organization, and studying must be learned, just like times tables and grammar rules.

But when a child discovers a system that works for them, it can make a world of difference. In fact, we've found that organization is the #1 differentiator between students who excel and students who underperform in school.

And our Executive Function Coaches are here to help.

Step 1

Schedule a call and tell us what's causing the most stress for you and your child.

Step 2

Meet the handpicked coach who will help with your child.

Step 3

Feel at ease as your child learns to manage their work and schedule without you.

What is Executive Function Coaching?

Our Executive Function Coaching for middle school and high school-aged students is a unique, research-based program to help your child master the skills they need to succeed in school and life. In this program, your child will learn how to get organized, manage their time well, study effectively, and stay motivated.

Parents love our program because...

  • It's based on the latest research, not what we think might work.
  • Students are matched with caring and experienced coaches.
  • Our coaches follow an established program for executive function skills which goes far beyond simply helping students with homework.
  • We customize the program to meet your child's needs, even if that means texting your child on our days off to check in and keep them on track (so you never have to be the homework police again!).

"My son's executive function coach is knowledgeable and experienced at working with youth who struggle with ADHD. She's done an incredible job building rapport with him and balancing supporting and pushing him to complete the work he wants to do." 

- Shayna H., Parent

"We have been very happy with the coach who is working with our son. She is able to get him to open up and talk through the mountains of work he has in a way that he will not do with us." 

- Google review from Parent

Does My Child Need Executive Function Coaching?

Take this quick quiz by answering "yes" or "no" to the following questions.

Does your child...

  • Regularly struggle to start tasks?
  • Keep a messy room and a disorganized backpack, locker, or desk?
  • Have difficulty following instructions, especially with many steps?
  • Fail to complete assignments unless he or she is constantly reminded?
  • Forget to turn in homework even when it's completed?
  • Lose things regularly, from coats to books?
  • Have difficulty planning long-term assignments?

If you answered "yes" to the majority of these questions, you're not alone. But with the right support, your child can master the skills they need to succeed! Contact us today to get started.

"Our tutor enabled our son to graduate from high school. He got senioritis in January and slowed down on the homework train. Our tutor got our son back on track, provided incredibly useful prioritization skills, and was an amazing executive function coach, which is exactly what we needed!"
- Ruth Gordon, Parent

Our coaches structure every session around four steps to empower your child to practice self-reflection, build a toolkit of strategies that work for them, and develop effective habits for lasting change.

While each of your child's sessions will be customized based, here is a look at the process our coaches follow in each session:

Step 1: Check the student's upcoming assignments and tests

The coach reviews the student’s homework portal or LMS (Schoology, Canvas, Google Classroom, etc.) with them, not for them. They will review each class and discuss what they'll need to do to prepare for each assignment and test, including what resources they will need and when they'll have time to complete it. The coach will also have the student check to ensure all previous assignments have been turned in.

Step 2: Have students write down upcoming assignments and tests

To help students externalize their school responsibilities and plan ahead, the coach will have your child write down each assignment and test in their planner, on a whiteboard, or in their digital calendar. Your child will learn that planning for a day is too short-sighted, planning for a month is not realistic, but planning out one week at a time is just right.

Step 3: Complete assignments

This step is catered to your child’s particular challenges. The coach will help your child complete a difficult assignment or their most dreaded schoolwork. This part of the session is especially beneficial for students who have difficulties getting started on their own.

Step 4: Reflect and think ahead

Over time, students will build a toolbox of strategies to better troubleshoot issues that have long caused them frustration.

Are You Ready to Enjoy Parenting Again?

Nothing sucks the joy out of parenting faster than arguments over missed deadlines, mediocre grades, and misplaced assignments.

We see you. And we're here to help.

When an Executive Function Coach trains your child in the important skills they need to succeed, you'll finally be free to turn in your "Homework Police" badge and actually look forward to the afternoon with your child once more.

You can ask about their day. Cheer them on when they ace a test. Enjoy a meal without discussing due dates for once. Just be a parent--with all of the joy and none of the nagging. And leave the rest to us!

What Parents are Saying...

Kathryn Koehl
Kathryn Koehl
02:51 22 Feb 23
Our son worked with Educational Connections for both college counseling and SAT prep. Our college counselor, Lisa, was phenomenal to work with throughout the process from the initial college list, to essay writing and supplementals to the actual application submission. Lisa was knowledgeable, patient, encouraging, efficient, professional, dependable and did everything with a positive attitude and a smile. She helped our son identify his strengths and how to showcase those to colleges. She truly brought the best out of our son and made a grueling process so much easier for all of us!Our son also did SAT prep with Pete and he was very helpful in identifying areas for improvement and worked on those areas consistently over 12 weeks. Pete was easy to work with, great with answering questions and knew all the best test taking techniques. Our son improved his score by 100 points and couldn't be happier!Both Lisa and Pete were an integral part of our college process and we are so happy we decided to work with Educational Connections. We're happy to report that our son got into his dream school and is so excited for next Fall!
00:28 16 Mar 23
We have used Education Connections for math tutoring for my son. The tutor has been such a help! In addition, we are using them for one-on-one SAT tutoring and that is going really well. Educational Connections is easy to work with and they have quality instructors!
Julie Bozzell
Julie Bozzell
18:35 12 Mar 23
We've worked with Educational Connections for years and really can't thank them enough for their support for various subjects, executive skill development support, college coaching, and seminars for parents too. Calling them was one of the best decisions I've made as a parent.
Elizabeth Davis
Elizabeth Davis
17:42 08 Mar 23
My son's progress with Educational Connections has changed the trajectory of his life for the better! His tutor Jan has patiently found ways to teach him effectively and support his unique learning needs. My child went from being multiple grade levels behind to being on grade level in math. He is now above grade level in reading comprehension, and I marvel at how he can communicate thoughtful ideas using his writing strategies. The executive functioning instruction and support from Educational Connections allow my son to stay organized, initiate tasks, problem-solve and persevere.Words cannot express my gratitude for my child's growth with Educational Connections!
Elissa Beerbohm
Elissa Beerbohm
03:40 03 Mar 23
Julie Wendt
Julie Wendt
18:01 24 Feb 23
Everyone at EC has shown great care and competence in helping us get support for our son. We are using a skills support tutor, Emma, who is amazing and has changed the stress levels in our house tremendously as she teaches our son how to get organized, think ahead, and use tools to keep all his commitments in one place. We no longer have to spend the little bit of time we see our teenager talking about the tasks that he has or has not done! We liked them so much we decided to get their help for SAT prep as well and our tutor is highly skilled at the content that needs to be taught as well as the strategies that will help for this particular test. He has a calm approach and explains concepts in easily understood terms. Our son has already seen a big improvement with just a few weeks of working with John.
heather west
heather west
18:57 01 Feb 23
Sara Sergio
Sara Sergio
17:21 01 Feb 23
This organization is very professional, very quick to respond, and very helpful. I wish I found them at the beginning of my son's high school years, but they are helping us get through the end and probably into his college years.