Developing an Education Plan

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A Personal Learning Plan is becoming a necessary part of a students educational footprint.  Secondary schools in the United States have, in some states, made this a required element in a student’s curriculum.  Certain key elements need to be considered when creating an PLP so here are some guidelines.

  • academic scheduling
  • career exploration
  • career and employment-related skills
  • community partnerships
  • college access
  • all forms of post secondary training
  • experiential learning opportunities

Creating a PLP helps students to understand and identify their unique skills, interests, and personal values.  Returning to the plan on a regular basis helps to keep students focused on the future and provides them with the opportunity to adjust and re-tune.

Education consultants and admissions counsellors can be very helpful in assisting families and students to create, refine and update their academic plans.

At SchoolAdvice, our lead consultant for students seeking assistance with planning and executing a successful educational outcome is Julie Hooton.  Here is what Julie has to say about her approach…


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Julie Hooton


My first teaching experience was as a 15 year old English tutor and I knew, even at that young age, that I enjoyed working with people to enhance their abilities and to teach new skills. Throughout my academic studies and career, I have always made certain that teaching and counselling have been incorporated into my experience.

As a McGill undergrad, I was a marketing prof’s T.A. and taught a course for two semesters in the Management program. At IBM Canada, as a marketing rep and administrative manager, educating clients was an important part of my mandate.

As a young mother, I taught arts & crafts to children, led Guide groups and coached sports teams. So, in one way or another, I have been teaching for all my adult life.

For the past 9 years, I have offered a personalized one-on-one consulting service to help students to make informed decisions for their academic plans. Together we will find the right school, the right program and the right way to present each student’s unique profile. Whether they are high school students evaluating prep schools, colleges or program options, university undergrads preparing for a Masters program or are looking at study away programs, international universities, financial considerations, I provide the required guidance and support to help students meet their objectives.

Essentially, there are 3 key domains that frame the work I undertake:

  1. The student doesn’t know how to decide what s/he would like to study
  2. The student knows what program(s) are of interest, but needs help evaluating possible schools
  3. The student has universities in mind but needs support and guidance to complete the applications

Our initial meeting is all about the individual- we will look at the student’s interests, academic abilities, & dreams as well as taking social, financial and emotional needs into consideration.  Then we work together to figure out the key elements to weave into the applications, do interview prep, and put time management pieces into place.

My commitment is to guide students to their best educational choices. I help them to get organized, involved and thinking ahead!

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