Educators: Thinking Skills

Here at LearningWorks for Kids, we use video games and other digital technologies to improve eight core thinking skills: Focus, Flexibility, Organization, Planning, Self-Awareness, Self-Control, Time Management, and Working Memory. Our thinking skills are derived from years of research into executive functions — the brain-based cognitive skills that manage critical thinking. These thinking skills represent both individual executive functions, as well cognitively-linked categories of two or more executive functions.

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Working Memory

Working Memory focuses on memory-in-action — the ability to remember and use relevant information while in the middle of an activity.


Flexibility helps students to adapt and adjust to changing conditions and expectations without becoming frustrated.


Self-Awareness helps students to understand and articulate their own thoughts and feelings as well as the thoughts and feelings of others.


Focus helps students start a task without procrastinating and then maintain their attention and effort until it’s done.


Self-Control helps students to manage their feelings and behaviors, and stop themselves from acting inappropriately.


Organization helps students to arrange and coordinate materials and activities in order to complete a task.

Time Management

Time Management helps students to be aware of their use of time and to manage their schedules and tasks efficiently.



Planning helps students to develop a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals by understanding step-by-step processes.