No-Brainer – A workbook for Building Cognitive & Executive Functioning Skills


Ages 11-18 – Improve Executive function skills

No one is perfect! We are all flawed. We get defensive, we are easily influenced by others, our behaviour is predictable, we feel awkward, and we are sometimes tormented by feelings of inadequacy. However, every student has the capability, ability, and talent to succeed but they must know HOW.

Executive function is a set of mental skills that include working memory, flexible thinking, organisational skills, time management, attention, persistence, emotional agility, and behaviour control.

We use these skills every day to learn, work, and manage daily life. Trouble with executive function can make it hard to focus, follow directions, and handle emotions, among other things.

Research has demonstrated that being engaged in their learning process increases students’ attention and focus, motivates them to practice higher-level critical thinking skills, and promotes meaningful learning experiences. It will help them focus on HOW they learn, not just on WHAT they learn.

This workbook is designed as a toolbox to be used to both identify the areas which need improving and as a go-to for mastering the previously-identified competencies to ultimately gain a more well-rounded executive functioning skill set.