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Episode #163, Executive Function Building Blocks: How to Study for an Exam

Alexis Avila of Prepped & Polished, LLC talks about how students especially those with executive function issues can study effectively for an exam.

Episode #163, Executive Function Building Blocks, How to Study for an Exam

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June 22nd, 2017
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Episode #162, Seth Perler, Strengthening Your Executive Functioning Skills

On episode 162, Alexis Avila  speaks with Seth Perler, an educator and teen coach. Seth  was a teacher for 12 years (several grades and subjects), has a B.A. in Education, an M.Ed. in Gifted Education, has worked with teens with substance issues for 15 years, and taught on a Navajo reservation. On today’s episode Seth talks about the one thing all struggling students share, and gives us ways to strengthen your executive function skills.

What turned Seth around in school? He started asking teachers for help. Now Seth works with students and teaches them accountability.

Some of Seth’s favorite executive function strategies? Teaching students systems ex) how to use a planner, and how to learn routines

Seth’s advice for parents? Reward and praise your child for small successes. Try to compliment three times for each criticism.

Seth’s purpose of education? To help a child launch a successful adulthood. Executive function issues seem to be something a lot of student struggle with which interferes with this launch.

Check out Seth’s youtube channel!

For another related conversation, check out my podcast #32 with executive function expert Sarah Ward

Episode #162, Seth Perler, Strengthening Your Executive Functioning Skills

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June 15th, 2017
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Episode 86: Ann Helmus, Evaluating and Treating Students with Emotional Disorders

Alexis Avila talks to Ann Helmus founder of NESCA (Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children and Adolescents). Ann Helmus, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist who has been practicing for almost 20 years and specializes in the evaluation of children with learning disabilities, attention and executive function deficits and primary neurological disorders.

In September of 2007, Dr. Helmus established NESCA (Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents), a client and family-centered group of seasoned neuropsychologists and allied staff. Ann received her undergraduate degree in Neural Science from Brown University and earned her doctorate at Boston University School of Medicine.

On today’s show Ann talks about the various types of emotional disabilities, why student depression has risen over the years, and offers tips on how to best overcome emotional challenges.

Ann’s two pieces of advice for teens:

  1. Have as much self-awareness as possible. Know your strengths and your weaknesses, so you make better choices.
  2. Find a mentor in colleges, especially in a field of interest

 

Episode 86: Ann Helmus, Evaluating and Treating Students with Emotional Disorders

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August 7th, 2015
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Episode 85: Back to School Organization Tips

On this tutoring tips episode, Alexis Avila talks about how to best organize your homework, how to best organize your backpack, how to best store your school papers at home, and how to best organize your desk.

Recommended school supplies:
Assignment notebook with room to write notes in it
Pencils and pens
Highlighter
Paper Clips
Folders
Lined paper and index cards
Tape and scissors
Calculator
Mini dictionary

Episode 85: Back to School Organization Tips

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August 4th, 2015
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Episode 78: Jackie Stachel, Helping Kids Overcome Executive Function Challenges

Alexis talks to Jackie Stachel a senior executive function coach of Beyond Booksmart, a quality academic coaching company that helps students learn valuable executive function skills.  Jackie earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University.

On today’s episode Jackie shares some of the struggles students face with Executive Function issues and enlightens us with strategies for those wanting to overcome their executive function challenges.

Episode 78, Jackie Stachel, Helping Kids Overcome Executive Function Challenges

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July 9th, 2015
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Podcast Episode 32, Sarah Ward: Strategies for Improving Executive Functioning Skills

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Sarah Ward, Strategies for Improving Executive Function Skills

Alexis Avila talks to Sarah Ward who is co-director of Cognitive Connections, an executive function practice based out of Concord, Massachusetts. Sarah has over 15 years experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment and case management of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental and acquired brain based learning difficulties and behavioral problems Sarah’s particular interest is in the assessment and treatment of executive function deficits. Sarah is a Past President of the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association. She regularly presents locally, nationally and internationally on the topic of executive functions. Sarah talks to us about executive function disorder and teaches us key strategies for improving executive function skills. Sarah’s Top 3 EF Strategies: 1. Pre-imagine the future and so a dress rehearsal for your day 2. Use an analog time clock so you can see time as a volume. 3. Follow OHIO (Only Handle It Once). Finish a task and see it through to completion so you don’t have to go back to it a second or third time.

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September 24th, 2014
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Executive Function Coaching: Improving Your Prospective Memory

Prospective Memory

 

Adam S. talks on Executive Function Coaching. Tutor of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts Adam S. teaches you valuable strategies on how to overcome your prospective memory issues.

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Prepped & Polished, LLC is a premier educational services company founded by educators in 1999. Our mission is to provide you with the highest-quality customized learning experience available. We will help you achieve top grades, higher test scores, and meet your academic and professional-related goals. Whether you are looking for in-person or online Tutoring and Test Preparation, we are here to help you succeed. Our caring, dynamic educators graduated from some of the most elite schools in the nation, including University of Michigan, Harvard, Brown, and MIT. They are ready to provide you with the strategies, tools and guidance necessary to ensure academic and professional success. Prepped & Polished proudly serves Boston and its surrounding areas including: Weston, Wellesley, Wayland, Sudbury, Dover, Needham, Belmont, Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Newton, Brookline, Sherborn, Carlisle, Boston

February 13th, 2014
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Executive Function Building Blocks: Three Ways to Improve Your Sense of Time

Improve Time Management

 

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How to Improve Time Management Skills

Adam S. Executive Function Coach and Tutor of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts teaches you three strategies to improve your sense of time.

1. Use external reminders, such as clocks, watches, and signs
2. Use alarms liberally
3. Use a schedule to plan your time
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About Prepped & Polished:
Prepped & Polished, LLC is a premier educational services company founded by educators in 1999. Our mission is to provide you with the highest-quality customized learning experience available. We will help you achieve top grades, higher test scores, and meet your academic and professional-related goals. Whether you are looking for in-person or online Tutoring and Test Preparation, we are here to help you succeed. Our caring, dynamic educators graduated from some of the most elite schools in the nation, including University of Michigan, Harvard, Brown, and MIT. They are ready to provide you with the strategies, tools and guidance necessary to ensure academic and professional success. Prepped & Polished proudly serves Boston and its surrounding areas including: Weston, Wellesley, Wayland, Sudbury, Dover, Needham, Belmont, Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Newton, Brookline, Sherborn, Carlisle, Boston

January 25th, 2014
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Executive Function Building Blocks: 3 Tips for Improving Working Memory

3 Tips for Improving Working Memory

Adam S. Executive Function Coach and Tutor of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts teaches you ways for improving working memory.

1. Make important tasks stand out

2. Reduce distractions

3. Write out complicated problems and step by step instructions

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January 17th, 2014
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Executive Function Building Blocks: How to Study for an Exam

Adam S. Executive Function Coach and Tutor of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts teaches you how to study for an exam.

General Tips:
1. go to class
2. take good notes

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3. do your homework
4. review those notes

Specific Tips:
1. Backwards plan. Figure out how much time you have from now until test date and divide your study material wisely so you don’t cram.
2. Study groups can be helpful to take turns teaching each other the material.
3. Ask for help. Give yourself time before the test to ask your teacher for clarification on difficult subject matter.
4. Take care of your body. Make sure you get a good night sleep the day before the test, don’t cram, and eat a good, healthy breakfast the day of the exam. Good Luck!

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November 29th, 2013
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