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Why are executive functions important in the 21st Century?

Why are executive functions important in the 21st Century?

     Consider these two working environments? At first glance you would be forgiven for thinking not a huge amount has changed in almost 80 years. That is until you think about the tasks which are being completed and the skills required to complete them…….  In 1940s these typists are simply typing the written words – […]

Why are executive functions important in the 21st Century?

Effective Break Taking

Effective Break Taking

It is commonly agreed that taking a break increases efficiency and productivity in all tasks.  Revision is one such task where we generally understand that taking breaks can be helpful, but what should those breaks look like,  how often and for how long should we take them and which activities are most restorative? How long should […]

Effective Break Taking

How to support and stay connected with your child while they are revising

How to support and stay connected with your child while they are revising

Parents want to do their best to support their children at all times, particularly during exam times, but it can be hard to know what and how much to do, especially when they can be grumpy and rude. There are some key things to remember and top tips here. Scaffold the young person’s life – […]

How to support and stay connected with your child while they are revising

The Best Ways to Revise – what does the evidence say?

The Best Ways to Revise – what does the evidence say?

Revision Strategies It is revision time in the UK, with many children facing internal and national examinations in the next few months. Here at Connections in Mind we have been reviewing the research evidence for the best revision strategies so our coaches can provide the best advice to students at this busy time. The evidence […]

The Best Ways to Revise – what does the evidence say?

When do Students Benefit from Support to Develop their Executive Skills?

When do Students Benefit from Support to Develop their Executive Skills?

The answer to this question is simple – all students can benefit from input across childhood and adolescence. Childhood and adolescence present an opportunity to embed strong skills early on that are the foundation for success in later life (Dawson and Guare, 2009).   Studies have shown that executive skills keep developing through adolescence until […]

When do Students Benefit from Support to Develop their Executive Skills?

The Magic of Goal Setting

The Magic of Goal Setting

One of the key functions of the pre-frontal cortex of the human brain is to facilitate planning and prioritising and goal persistence. These skills are essential for being able to master everything from the basic requirements of life such as making a sandwich, to more complex activities such as revising for exams and learning to […]

The Magic of Goal Setting