Do you turn your assignments in on time or do you lose or forget about them until the day before they’re due? Is “Did I say that out loud?” a frequent comment of yours? Do you jump on an assignment right away or does it take you a long time to get started and stay focused? All of these are managed by your executive functioning (EF) skills. Being aware of and strengthening your EF skills can help make school –- and life -- go much more smoothly.
Read on for some fun facts about EF and learning while …
Fun Fact #1
It takes 25 years for complete maturation of the part of the brain that handles most of these functions! That’s right! Forget 18 as the age to be an independent adult. Not even 21 is quite there yet. Ever wonder why car insurance rates go down once you reach 25 years? Yep, they know. Judgment, logic and reason, emotional control – all of those are still immature until age 25, on average. So parental guidance can still be very very helpful until then. Listen and learn!
There are more than 12 executive functioning skills. Some include:
- Sustained attention
- Task initiation
- Time management
Sound like skills needed for adulting? Yes, they are. And you can develop them – before you turn 25!
There are apps that may help boost EF skills through brain training exercises. But even better, join our Springboard to Success program – we’ll show you how. For more information and to apply, click here!