It’s 2021! Top 12 Best Study Tips

It’s been an exciting start to the New Year. What a better reason to offer much-needed studying tips, from elementary, high school to college prep, to prepare for the rest of a successful school year in Puerto Rico.

At El Tutor Coach, we always look for opportunities to share tutoring help from great educational resources such as the Top 12 Study Tips for Back To School offered by The Princeton Review that applies to all students at any grade level

Check out the top twelve study skills below:  

1. You don’t need ONE study space.
A well-stocked desk in a quiet place at home is vital, but sometimes you need variety. In this new world that we live in, we suggest finding comfortable spots around your home for a change of scenery, which can prompt your brain to retain information better.

2. Track more than HW in your school planner.
Keeping a calendar helps you plan ahead—but you’ve got more going on than just homework assignments! Make sure you’re marking your extracurricular, work, and social commitments, too. (Tests, after-school virtual activities, mini staycations are just a few examples of reminders for your planner.)

We have great tutors that can help you get organized! One of our popular tutors, Sasha Lee, suggests that her students always divide their time between studying and rewarding themselves. It’s as simple as blocking 20-30 minutes to concentrate on your workload, then stopping and doing something just for you!

3. Start small.
If you’ve got a big assignment looming, like a big test, stay motivated by completing a piece of the project every few days. 

4. School supplies (alone) don’t make you organized.
Come up with a system and keep to it. Do you keep one big binder for all your classes with color-coded tabs? Or do you prefer to keep separate notebooks and a folder for handouts? Keep the system simple—if it’s too fancy or complicated, you are less likely to keep it up every day.

5. Get into a routine. When will you make the time to do your homework every day? Find the time of day that works best for you (this can change day-to-day, depending on your schedule!), and make a plan to hit the books.

6. Learn how to create a distraction-free zone.
Try turning off your phone notifications or blocking Twitter or Tik Tok (temporarily) on your computer so you can concentrate on the homework tasks at hand.

7. Get real.
When you’re looking at the homework you have to get done tonight, be realistic about how long things take. Gauging that reading a chapter will take an hour and writing a response will take another 30 minutes will help you plan how you spend your time.

8. Use class time wisely.
Is your teacher finished lecturing, but you still have 10 minutes of class left? Get a jump on your homework while it’s still fresh in your mind. Or use the time to ask your teacher about concepts that were fuzzy the first time.

9. Look over your notes each night to make sure you’ve got it.
Fill in details, edit the parts that don’t make sense, and star or highlight the bits of information that you know are most important. Interacting with your notes will help you remember them.

10.Study a little every day.
Cramming for a quiz might work in the short-term, but when it comes time to study for exams, you’ll be back at square 1. You might remember the information long enough to ace the quiz, but reviewing the terms later will help you store them for the long haul.

11. Don’t let a bad grade keep you down.
A rough start to the semester doesn’t have to sink your grades. Take proactive steps by checking your grades regularly online and getting a tutor if you need one.

12. Make a friend in every class.
Find a few people you can contact from each of your classes if you have a homework question or had to miss class (and do the same for them!). Then when it comes time to study, you’ll already have a study group.  

Contact us for a free consultation to see how El Tutor Coach can support your tutoring needs!

El Tutor Coach Holiday Spectacular with On The Go PR

We are excited to have been featured in On the Go PR holiday segment with Maricelle Rivera. Our fabulous coaches included mixologist Arnaldo Hernandez from Bacoa Finca & Fogon in Juncos, who whipped up some delicious coquito recipes, as well as Lela Soto, who helped the ladies create some magical holiday ornaments.

Contact us to learn more about our private events, holiday experiences and adult group classes.

Happy Holidays!

El Tutor Coach Recognized in Dorado Bound Magazine for Exceptional Adult Group Classes

Renowned Chef Jerome Valencia provided participants with a wonderful opportunity to learn about plant-based recipes. Hosted by Shari Vedovato in conjunction with El Tutor Coach, the ladies of Dorado got to experience first hand just how delightful Chef Jerome’s recipes can be.  Our adult students learned how to prepare a delicious Root Vegetable Flatbread, Cacao & Avocado Mousse, and sparkling Greek Sky Cocktails.

“El Tutor Coach did a great job creating a vegetarian cooking class for my friends. From a beautiful menu to delicious food and drinks to the cleanup, every detail was taken care of. I felt like I was catered to at my own party. It was so much fun, and we learned a lot too. I would definitely recommend El Tutor Coach for anyone who wants to put together a fun, unique experience. I am looking forward to the next event.”

 Host, Shari Vedovato said about the event.  

“We love putting together experiential events for our adult group classes and could not be more thrilled to have received this great feature in Dorado Bound Magazine.”

Said Jennifer Conde-Powers, the founder of El Tutor Coach.

El Tutor Coach specializes in providing customizable classes and events with top tier personalities and coaches that range from cooking, dancing to art, and so much more. We are always open to ideas and work to make your needs met. For more information, please send an email to

Available Now! Summer Camp Online Classes

Dear Friends, 

We understand that summer may look a little different this year! Our goal is to help you provide a seamless and super fun transition from school to summer camp with our online classes.  

We have curated some of our most popular classes below:

Learn to cook like a Super Chef with celebrated children’s cooking expert, Cricket Azima, from The Creative Kitchen, who has some really delicious family-friendly creations cooking up, from silly sushi to edible slime!

Our resident dance prodigy Sandra is ready to teach and coach dancers of all ages interested in Hip-Hop. Coach Sandra will provide tips, choreography as well as answer questions on how to become a Hip-Hop dance superstar. Get ready America’s Got Talent!

Say more than Hola! Brush up on your Spanish this summer with our interactive classes, available as individual or group sessions. Have fun learning how to surprise your parents when you order food at restaurants in Spanish or just continue practicing for next year.

For the little ones in your life, we have a series of fabulous children’s books readings with special guests in Spanish and English.

Need school help? We also have tutors to reinforce academics skills, from math to essay writing. I have a 14-year old and understands now more than ever it is so important to have continue to provide opportunities for our children to learn in a safe and comfortable environment.

Contact us for free consultations and are happy to help customize the best classes that fit your family. We are offering a series of classes for the month or individual classes.

Happy Summer from my family to yours,

Lucas & Jennifer

Enjoy Family & Friends. New Classes Added!

Let’s Celebrate Family & Friends

I hope that you are having a wonderful time spending quality time with family and friends virtually.

We were lucky to have some of our El Tutor Coach friends and clients share some of their precious moments with us! 

As we head into the next few weeks, we are working hard to provide you with some unique activities and experiences to enjoy while you are at home.

New Virtual Classes 

We heard from you. We are looking to add more virtual classes that enhance and bring a sense of joy during these challenging times.

We recently commenced our partnership with Lindsay from for a Thirsty Thursday & Yummy Bites virtual class. Our featured wellness chef offered a special evening on “how to make some amazing quarantine snacks” straight from your fridge paired with your favorite wine, cocktail (or mock cocktail), of course! Here are the super-easy recipes if you want to try them at home. 

Awesome Rice Cake Toppings
1 rice cake (brown organic if you can find)
Hummus or ½ avocado
Lime or lemon
1 – 2 slices of tomato
Everything bagel seasoning
SO either you put the avocado, lime juice, tomato & seasoning
OR you put the hummus, lemon juice, tomato & seasoning 

Perfect Pasta 
1 box of pasta (or frozen tortellini)
½ onion
2 -3 cloves of garlic
2 cups frozen mixed veggies chopped
Olive oil
Salt, pepper, Italian Seasoning
Boil pasta
In another pan heat olive oil, cook onion, then garlic, add frozen veggies, salt & pepper, and Italian seasoning and toss with pasta.  Drizzle more olive oil!

Puerto Rico Needs Our Love 

Please support locally. For that reason, we also stay tuned to On to The Go Puerto Rico featuring a dear friend Maricelle Rivera. We appreciate that the segments make it a focus to cover Puerto Rico initiatives that help our beautiful Island. 

Even More Classes!

We are working to have some new, exciting lineup of classes. In fact, we have partnered with children’s cooking expert, Chef Cricket Azima, from The Creative Kitchen to host free kids Playtime Pasta cooking class this Thursday, April 23 from 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM. Reserve today to receive ingredient list and zoom info at 

We would love to hear your thoughts! Send us a note at or subscribe to learn more at 

Stay Safe,
Jennifer & Lucas 

Tips to enjoying your Passover & Easter holiday celebrations

In celebration of Passover and the upcoming Easter weekend, I came across a great article posted on the Today website on tips for making the most of your family holidays during these times.

Maura Hohman, a weekend editor for suggests “11 tips to make your Easter or Passover special during Coronavirus”

1. Prep a dish together via video chat

Even if you’re not physically with that creative cousin who has all the best cooking secrets, you can still have their dish on your table. Set aside some time to make the recipe together virtually and ask for tips!

2. Scale down the number of dishes you’re making

Your instinct may be to cook more than normal because hey, what else is there to do in quarantine? But that can get overwhelming fast.

3. Make a list of backup recipes

There’s nothing worse than getting excited for a certain dish and not being able to make it. Make a backup grocery list, too, to cut down on spending too much time in the store.

At El Tutor Coach, we have amazing chefs who are available to teach classes, offer food shopping recipes and guidance. Classes available virtually.

4. Prepare some ingredients ahead of time

Don’t forget about the mise en place! Barry Tonkinson, director of culinary research and development at the Institute of Culinary Education, told TODAY that he often chops onions, garlic and other ingredients that don’t deteriorate in the fridge beforehand. Spices can also be measured out ahead of time.

5. Have fun with desserts

Baking essentials, like flour, baking powder and vanilla extract, are pantry staples for many people. So if you’ve got enough on hand, you can get creative. Bull suggested experimenting with recipes like cookies are a great way to involve kids in the action.

6. With main courses, think outside the box

Right now, some stores may be running low on ham, lamb and brisket, so plan your main course based on what’s available. For example, if you can only get ground lamb, consider making a shepherd’s pie, Tonkinson suggested. I know how difficult it’s been for all of us to plan ahead, to wait in lines for the super market.

The most important during these times is to be flexible, offer support and spend as much quality time as possible speaking with your loved ones (even virtually or by phone to those like my mom who still says she is allergic to technology).

7. Look out for grocery store gems

Since people are stocking up on goods that tend to last a long time or are more filling, many store shelves still have a lot of items in stock that pack in a lot of flavor, but aren’t necessarily quarantine staples. Food Network star Anne Burrell recommended adding a few, like capers, herbs and ground spices, to your cart.

8. Keep it simple

When cooking, you should “think about sweet, salty, spicy, acidic and texture,” chef Michael Schulson told TODAY. “If you combine those elements, you’re generally going to have a good thing.” For beginner chefs, he advised against choosing complicated recipes even if you think you have plenty of time.

9. When in doubt, order in

If no one in your family really feels like cooking a big meal or you want to add something special to the table, it’s totally OK to order in. Support local businesses and get delivery or takeout in a way that complies with social distancing.

In Puerto Rico, now it’s your time to support your local businesses. Delivery companies like uva! and dameunbite are available if you need to add special touches to your meals last minute!

10. Prioritize leftovers

Consider throwing your remaining ham into a split pea soup, or save any chicken bones for a hearty stock, Burrell suggested. If you’re already cooking, consider making a double portion of a favorite family dish so people in the house can enjoy the leftovers for a few days.

11. Be flexible with your expectations

“To me,” Burrell said, “taking care of yourself in a physical and mental capacity is even more important than the food.” So if planning a big meal isn’t your thing, then don’t feel obligated.

“At this point, I’d just say … do what you can and what you feel good about,” she added.

We would love to hear what you are doing during the holidays. Please share photos of your celebrations by emailing us at

Happy holidays,

Lucas & Jennifer

Brighten your Day! Virtual Classes Available.

Dear friends and family,

When things around us seem uncertain, it’s our jobs as educators, caregivers, and parents, to get creative and give our loved ones a sense of comfort and stability. 

We are all missing each other, our normal social life, daily rituals, and activities, El Tutor Coach is here to support you and your loved ones with some ideas to make your day a little sunnier.  
Start the day off with quality time at breakfast. 
It’s often the forgotten meal, but what an excellent way to connect with your child or loved ones and create a schedule for the day.

I just recently started since mornings have always been so rushed with my 14-year old son. Breakfast mornings now gives me the perfect excuse of a no iPhone policy without all the virtual stimulus, and now the online school classes.

Plus, I have learned to make pancakes. If you want to learn more, we have amazing chefs for kids and adults willing to teach you amazing meals at home.
Educate: We are all in this together. 
For the first time in my life, I have the time to teach myself something new, even if it’s not in the best circumstances.

At El Tutor Coach, we have tutors and coaches who are available to support your educational needs. We have tutors for math & science to essay writing or college prep.

All of our services are now delivered virtually, without you ever having to leave your home.
I’ve always been a runner, but with my son at home, I have looked for more opportunities to work out together and get his body moving.

One of our favorites is taught by renowned fitness trainer Megan Durga Haligowski.  Her “Living Room Boot Camp” virtual class offers beginner and advanced poses.  Megan has a great way of explaining each exercise and making the 30-minute class go by super fast. Plus my son thought she was tons of fun, and her energy pushed us on for the next few hours.  

We will be having one of our popular Bootcamp classes this upcoming Monday, April 6th at 5:30 PM.  To register for the class or to learn more about Coach Megan of SutraFit Adventures contact us at or register at
Read, play, relax but do it together.
Self-isolation does not mean you have to be distant from your loved ones. 

Now is a perfect time to connect with your kids. 

Pick up a favorite book you haven’t read in a while, read it together and discuss; play a board game, watch Netflix and create a trivia game about what you just saw, ask your kids to teach you their favorite video game and then play together.  Even organizing your closets can be be made into a family activity.

Some of my faves to get you started:

Read: Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

Play: Monopoly, Clue or Just Dance (the video game)

Watch: The Good Place (PG14)

What are some of your favorite ways to connect?

Let us know, we would love to hear from you and are here to help.  

Email us at
Stay healthy!

Yours Truly,

Jennifer Conde

Top Tips to Start Preparing for the SAT & ACT Tests

At El Tutor Coach, we know it’s never too early to start thinking about developing better test-taking skills for the SAT & ACT college entrance exams.

It’s important to share for those who don’t know that the SAT & ACT exams are not the same. Students should actively research the difference as well as take online practice tests or review the sample questions provided at great resources like and College Board.

Now, our friends at College Covered have also shared a few helpful hints below:

–       Knowledge is Power: Know the ins and outs on how the tests work and are administered. Understand the test structure and well gain insights on the question types and overall instructions.

–       Practice Makes Perfect: Make sure to set ample time aside to take timed practice tests (use a timer or your iPhone!). Remember to review and practice again. Our specialized SAT/ACT tutors can help your child make practicing enriching, valuable as well as fun.

–       Read Everything: Go to your local book store and browse thru official test prep books or just ask us! We work with all the top schools in Puerto Rico and can help facilitate the process.

–       Tutoring is Key: Tutoring helps to answer important questions, demystify the test-taking process and offer unparallel support and guidance, especially for those students that need extra help.

–       Build up Your Memory Bank: It’s incredibly important that the student knows all basic math formulas and concepts, this will maximize their time and help build confidence.

–       Read, Read and Read Again: Challenge yourself and read everything you can, from books and articles or review reading comprehension tests. If you don’t know a word look it up! It’s that essential.

–      Now Study Some More: Take practice exams, track your progress and prepare. Plus don’t forget to enjoy a healthy breakfast the morning of the test.

Our rock star SAT & ACT tutor, John Jimenez, offer one more piece of advice.

“These tests are beatable. Remember, the SAT and ACT are not Memory Tests, they are strategic tests, so if you come in with a strategy and practice you will, more likely than not, do well!”

Let us know how we can help & good luck! 


Thank you Reading Rockets for offering AMAZING tips for parents on how to choose the best tutor. As mom’s ourselves, we know the process it takes to find that perfect match. Each child is unique. Some require more personal instruction while others like my son, Lucas, prefer learning more creative techniques, he makes funny raps songs to help him memorize! 

Looking for a tutor, the below steps are a great way to get started. 

Step 1: Be goal orientated. Connect with your child’s teacher. Agree on their learning style and extent of their needs, intensive tutoring, brushing up on skills or the application of special technique. 

Step 2: Research your options. You can always ask your child’s school to recommend tutors. For us at El Tutor Coach, we knew there was a way to offer parents here in Puerto Rico a selection of tutors that were experienced with great backgrounds in various subjects and make the process so much simpler.   

Step 3: Select the best tutor for your child. If a budget is a concern, then know that it’s important that your child is happy, this creates a partnership and helps nurture an environment in which they are willing to learn. This will only help them develop more self-confidence and propel them for more success. Believe us, finding great tutoring partners for our kids has always been one of the hardest but must fulfilling jobs. 

We are always happy to help! 

Check out more from Reading Rockets, a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.