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Executive Function Tutoring

At Inspire Behavioral Learning, LLC, multiple subjects tutors, English tutors, and ESL tutors are also available for executive function coaching and tutoring applied to academics. Executive function tutoring is not therapy, and students in need of behavioral therapy should sign up for therapy services. Executive function tutoring guides students to develop and apply self-management strategies for academic skills and tasks.


With Inspire's executive function tutoring, students can strengthen many diverse study skills. These include organization, planning, time-management, emotion regulation, task initiation, sustaining attention to tasks until completion, and many more! Students may sign up for executive function tutoring integrated into academic tutoring sessions or as a standalone service.

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Executive Functioning for Academic Support 

Executive function tutoring may assist students with the following academic skills and tasks:

  • Homework planning, organization, initiation, and completion

  • Test preparation

  • Catching up with remedial skills

  • Performing at grade level, according to the Common Core State Standards

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Behavioral Support


Executive functioning refers to self-management skills in which an individual acts as his or her own coach, teacher, or "executive." Follow-up studies to the famous marshmallow test have shown that delayed gratification can be learned. An individual can learn to wait longer for preferred items and activities. Self-control is only one executive functioning skill. Below are some skills our tutors can teach:

  • Making choices by weighing options

  • Metacognition

  • Identifying new skills to learn

  • Setting goals and planning

  • Organizing

  • Time-management and waiting ("delayed gratification" or "impulse control")

  • Self-monitoring (i.e., observing one's own behavior)

  • Regulating emotions

  • Starting tasks and sustaining attention to them until completion

  • Working memory

  • Transitioning

  • Showing flexibility

  • Problem-solving

  • Creating and using checklists and other visual prompts

  • Using token systems independently

Who We Serve

  • Children in grades K-12

  • College and university students 

  • English Language Learners (ELL)/English as a Second Language (ESL) students 

  • Students in general education anspecial education

  • Children performing at, below, or above grade level

  • Typically developing students and those with special needs, including gifted students and those with disabilities, such as autism, speech and language delays, and ADD/ADHD​

    • Some tutoring companies expect children to be "ready to learn" and do not serve children who need help sitting, attending, and staying on task. These children are welcomed! Tutoring incorporates their preferences, choices, motivation, and positive reinforcement to help them learn.

  • Parents: we are game for sharing activity ideas, collaborating with you to tailor learning to your children's needs, providing daily tutoring summaries, and sharing tutoring tips with you. 

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Looking for ways to help your child in homework time? As a parent, you'll enjoy tips from the tutor for helping and working with your child.

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Approach and Methods


Our student-centered executive function tutoring is often play-based and interactive. We focus not on memorization but on application. Tutoring incorporates multisensory learning for students to enjoy and apply their skills. These include memory games, audiovisual gamification of academic content, colorful and attention-grabbing token systems for task completion and reinforcement, and self-monitoring bar graphs and line graphs clearly depicting their progress. At Inspire, tutoring incorporates principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), in which motivation and positive reinforcement are based on the student's preferences and choices. 

Phases of Learning: Your tutoring experience may progress from assessment to mastery and beyond. 

  • Assessment: The tutor identifies baseline skills, i.e., the student's current strengths and areas of need.

  • Goals: The tutor and student or student's parents collaborate to set unique goals with mastery criteria.

  • Mastery: Every session the student practices new skills, taking a step closer to mastering goals. The tutor records the student's progress. 

  • Generalization: The tutor guides the student toward generalization, i.e., applying mastered skills in varied and novel contexts. Having learned the general principle behind a skill, the student creates and discovers ways to practice the mastered skill across diverse settings, people, instructions, and materials, in addition to producing varied and original responses. The purpose is for new skills to apply to the student's life in relevant ways.   

  • MaintenanceThe tutor checks maintenance, which is the persistence of skills over time. This is so important, considering that new skills build upon each other. The true test of learning is the independent demonstration of generalization and maintenance.

  • Independence: At Inspire, the ultimate goal is the student's independence in applying new skills, not only in academic contexts but also throughout life. The tutor's job is to gradually work herself or himself out of a job, as the student becomes more and more independent!

What is a Tutor, Really?


The word "tutor" may bring to mind a child quietly sitting for an hour, getting homework help while approaching death from boredom. We aim for a different approach. Dictionaries define a tutor as a private instructor. Some further define it as a one-on-one, sometimes small group, instructor who gives additional, special, or remedial instruction. A fun tutor with a playful student does not have to be a contradiction in terms! We can use our knowledge of behavioral principles to keep your child active and engaged.

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The tutor meets with the student online or travels to you at your home, nearby park, or library, following current health and safety precautions. Services take place outdoors and may also take place indoors with increased ventilation. Students can have sessions online from anywhere in Google Meet for live, interactive lessons. We do not provide center-based services.


Ready to Get Started?

Accepting new students for morning hours only at this time. Accepting new students on a waitlist for afternoon hours.

Contact: If you have questions before getting started, we'd love to hear from you. You may reach out by email and schedule a free 30-minute phone consultation available by appointment. We look forward to working with you!

Phone: 510-296-5519

Fax: 510-296-5780


M-F   8:00 AM-7:30 PM

Sat    9:00 AM-6:30 PM

Sun   Closed

Serving the San Francisco Bay Area

  • Alameda County

    • Albany​

    • Berkeley

    • Emeryville

    • Oakland

    • Alameda

    • San Leandro

    • Castro Valley

    • Pleasanton

    • Dublin

    • Fremont

    • ...and more!

  • Contra Costa County

    • Concord​

    • Pleasant Hill

    • Walnut Creek

    • Antioch

    • Brentwood

    • Orinda

    • Lafayette

    • Alamo

    • Danville

    • San Ramon

    • ...and more!

  • Santa Clara County

    • Milpitas

    • San Jose

    • Santa Clara

    • Sunnyvale

    • Mountain View

    • Palo Alto

    • Saratoga

  • Solano County

    • Vallejo

    • Benicia

    • Cordelia

    • Suisun

    • Fairfield

    • Vacaville


I N S P I R E Behavioral Learning®

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