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.

Visit the individual thinking skill pages below to learn more about how each skill effects your child’s learning and behavior, both at school and at home.


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



Self-Awareness helps your child to understand and articulate his own thoughts and feelings as well as the thoughts and feelings of others.



Focus helps your child start a task without procrastinating and then maintain his attention and effort until it’s done.



Self-Control helps your child to manage her feelings and behaviors, and stop herself from acting inappropriately.



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


Time Management

Time Management helps your child to be aware of her use of time and to manage her schedule and tasks efficiently.



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


Working Memory

Working Memory helps your child to recall and retain information in his mind while working.


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