Friday, January 20, 2017

PSAT Results Breakfast

The Guidance Department at Burlington High School and KAPLAN Test Prep will host an “Understanding PSAT Results Breakfast” on Wednesday January 25th, beginning at 8:30 A.M. The event will be held in the Guidance College and Career Center. The purpose of this breakfast is to give parents of students who took the PSAT on October 19th the opportunity to ask questions and get clarification on how to interpret, understand and use the PSAT results.   Attending this breakfast is also open to any other interested parent. Please join us for this informative event on January 25th. If you plan to attend please call 781-270-1780 to confirm your attendance. We look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Summer Opportunities for Students

With snow in the forecast, what better time to start making plans for summer? Students, have you ever wanted to explore a subject not offered in our high school? Would you like to spend some time this summer on a college campus? Or maybe volunteer in Boston at the Aquarium or the State House?  If so, consider looking into summer enrichment programs for high school students. There are two ways to do this.

The first is to attend the annual Summer Opportunities Fair at Phillips Andover Academy on Sunday, January 22nd from 12-3 on the Phillips campus in Andover, MA.   This event "gives middle school and high school students and their families the chance to meet with representatives from more than 100 local, national and international summer programs" and is open to students from all communities. (This fair also offers information on Gap Year programs.)

If you can't attend this event, you can check out our listing of summer opportunities on Naviance. Log in to your Naviance account, click on the Colleges tab and then go to "enrichment programs."  From there you can search key terms, check locations, and link directly to the web sites and applications of numerous summer programs all over the East Coast. Note that though these programs do charge tuition, there are generally scholarship opportunities available. Please make an appointment with your counselor if you have any questions.

Monday, January 9, 2017


KAPLAN test prep will  offer a FREE ACT/SAT Test at BHS on January 14th at 9AM. We recommended juniors take this diagnostic free test as it can help to determine if you should take the SAT or ACT. Click here for registration information. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Mid-term Exams: Helpful Hints


Don’t cram; start studying early
Review and share notes with peers.
Don’t be afraid to go to teachers for help.
Participate in study groups
Teach topics to other people.
Flashcards (Flashcardlet App.)
Review old tests/quizzes & your STUDY GUIDE
Put away technology and social media.
Try to spread studying out.
Spend 4 hours reviewing per subject (total)
Prep for essays beforehand.
Make notecards to use, if allowed.

Limit use of electronic devices before bedtime.
Review notes for next day's exams only.
(If you've been reviewing steadily, you shouldn't need to cram.)
Remember: you've got this!

Eat breakfast
Answer easy questions first.
Don’t re-read everything.
Don’t be scared to skip questions & come back to them.
Utilize process of elimination for multiple choice.
Don’t freak out if your answer is the same letter a few times in a row.
Don’t second guess yourself.
Doing essays first can help save time.
Ask if you can take extra time.