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Joe M.

Math Tutor for Junior High, High School and College

Math Tutor for Junior High, High School and College

$20/hour

  • 187 hours tutoring

  • Normal, IL 61761

About Joe


Bio

After a 20 year career as an actuary I have been tutoring students from 6th grade through college for 9 years, more than 300 students 3,000 hours. I am also a certified substitute teacher a part-time professor at Illinois State University. In past years I was an assistant high school basketball coach and work quite often with athletes.

Students have different personalities and learning styles, so my goal is to make them comfortable and to help them discover the answers, like a pair of...

After a 20 year career as an actuary I have been tutoring students from 6th grade through college for 9 years, more than 300 students 3,000 hours. I am also a certified substitute teacher a part-time professor at Illinois State University. In past years I was an assistant high school basketball coach and work quite often with athletes.

Students have different personalities and learning styles, so my goal is to make them comfortable and to help them discover the answers, like a pair of training wheels to nudge them in the right direction.

Students bring tests, quizzes, or homework problems with them. They also bring their class notes or textbook so that we learn to answer questions in the way that the teacher expects. Typically we meet for an hour at a time, or longer as final exams get closer.

I am also glad to work independently with students during the summer for those looking to get a head start or to reinforce lessons from last year.

Most of my appointments are after 4:00 on weekdays. I've gladly tutored on weekends too.


Education

Illinois State University
undergrad

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Hourly rate: $50 for in-person / $20 for online
  • Travel policy: Within 0 miles of Normal, IL 61761
  • Background check passed on 9/8/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Financial Accounting,

Financial Accounting

I studied accounting for two semesters in college with grades of A. I worked in an accounting department for 7 years with a large insurance company.
Managerial Accounting

Managerial Accounting

I studied accounting for two semesters in college with grades of A. I worked in an accounting department for 7 years with a large insurance company.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I majored in math in college, and used math regularly as an actuary for 19 years. I've been tutoring students in algebra 1 for several years. Students have gotten especially good at factoring while working with me.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've found algebra 2 to be one of the more challenging subjects for students when it comes to determining slopes and equations of lines. I've worked with many on this. Therefore, in addition to my math degree, I am able to help identify common pitfalls of thinking.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus goes a step beyond higher algebra and trigonometry, dealing with area under curved lines and similarly unusual subjects. I enjoyed the practical applications of it when I took the course in college. I have experience sharing the basics and the short cuts with other students.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is one of the more picture-oriented math subjects, which is unusual for students but I find that they pick it up fairly quickly. I majored in and tutored math while in college, and have tutored several students in geometry. The understanding of angles has real-world applications!
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is a subject that tends to require lots of repetition to get the basics committed to memory, such as factoring. I've seen students have major breakthroughs with a little guidance and practice. I have a math degree, and have tutored many students in algebra.
Precalculus

Precalculus

Precalculus is a good primer for the classes that follow, especially with the understanding of trigonometric functions. I've seen several students make great progress once they've worked enough problems with the unit circle, to get comfortable with degrees and radians. My math degree and career experience has helped precalculus students raise their grade significantly.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I majored in math in college, and used math regularly as an actuary for 19 years. I've been tutoring students in algebra 1 for several years. Students have gotten especially good at factoring while working with me.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've found algebra 2 to be one of the more challenging subjects for students when it comes to determining slopes and equations of lines. I've worked with many on this. Therefore, in addition to my math degree, I am able to help identify common pitfalls of thinking.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus goes a step beyond higher algebra and trigonometry, dealing with area under curved lines and similarly unusual subjects. I enjoyed the practical applications of it when I took the course in college. I have experience sharing the basics and the short cuts with other students.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is one of the more picture-oriented math subjects, which is unusual for students but I find that they pick it up fairly quickly. I majored in and tutored math while in college, and have tutored several students in geometry. The understanding of angles has real-world applications!
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is a subject that tends to require lots of repetition to get the basics committed to memory, such as factoring. I've seen students have major breakthroughs with a little guidance and practice. I have a math degree, and have tutored many students in algebra.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Precalculus is a good primer for the classes that follow, especially with the understanding of trigonometric functions. I've seen several students make great progress once they've worked enough problems with the unit circle, to get comfortable with degrees and radians. My math degree and career experience has helped precalculus students raise their grade significantly.
Probability,

Probability

Probability is one of the more exciting math subjects once a few key concepts like combinations and permutations are mastered. I took these courses in college, and have helped several students do so as well. My work as an actuary used probability.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

The scientific nature of trigonometry can be intimidating, but I've found students to become much more comfortable with practice of the basics such as the unit circle. I took this course in college. My greatest success story was for a student who improved her trig grade from a C to an A by the end of the spring semester.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I majored in math in college, and used math regularly as an actuary for 19 years. I've been tutoring students in algebra 1 for several years. Students have gotten especially good at factoring while working with me.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've found algebra 2 to be one of the more challenging subjects for students when it comes to determining slopes and equations of lines. I've worked with many on this. Therefore, in addition to my math degree, I am able to help identify common pitfalls of thinking.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus goes a step beyond higher algebra and trigonometry, dealing with area under curved lines and similarly unusual subjects. I enjoyed the practical applications of it when I took the course in college. I have experience sharing the basics and the short cuts with other students.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is one of the more picture-oriented math subjects, which is unusual for students but I find that they pick it up fairly quickly. I majored in and tutored math while in college, and have tutored several students in geometry. The understanding of angles has real-world applications!
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is a subject that tends to require lots of repetition to get the basics committed to memory, such as factoring. I've seen students have major breakthroughs with a little guidance and practice. I have a math degree, and have tutored many students in algebra.
Precalculus

Precalculus

Precalculus is a good primer for the classes that follow, especially with the understanding of trigonometric functions. I've seen several students make great progress once they've worked enough problems with the unit circle, to get comfortable with degrees and radians. My math degree and career experience has helped precalculus students raise their grade significantly.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I majored in math in college, and used math regularly as an actuary for 19 years. I've been tutoring students in algebra 1 for several years. Students have gotten especially good at factoring while working with me.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've found algebra 2 to be one of the more challenging subjects for students when it comes to determining slopes and equations of lines. I've worked with many on this. Therefore, in addition to my math degree, I am able to help identify common pitfalls of thinking.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus goes a step beyond higher algebra and trigonometry, dealing with area under curved lines and similarly unusual subjects. I enjoyed the practical applications of it when I took the course in college. I have experience sharing the basics and the short cuts with other students.
Geometry

Geometry

Geometry is one of the more picture-oriented math subjects, which is unusual for students but I find that they pick it up fairly quickly. I majored in and tutored math while in college, and have tutored several students in geometry. The understanding of angles has real-world applications!

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.9 (47 ratings)
5 star
(44)
4 star
(3)
3 star
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Reviews

Knowledgeable, patient, and very well organized.

I needed help with basic statistical concepts: formulas, Central Limit Theorem, probabilities, Z-scores and the like. Joe is a unique tutor. Calming, organized, patient. Made me feel confident about my work. I recommend!

Terezinha Moreira, 3 lessons with Joe

Excellent Tutor

Joe was the best tutor I could have asked for! He is a math tutor, but he agreed to tutor me in my college level Finance class. I was totally lost and didn't have a clue where to even begin. He was extremely patient and accommodating to my schedule. He helped me understand the concepts and calculations needed in order to earn an A on my final paper. Without his help there is no way I would have passed. Thanks to Joe I received an A on my final paper and a B in the class. I highly recommend Joe!!!!

Diane, 1 lesson with Joe

Good at different approaches

Joe is great at approaching a problem from a different angle when I don't understand it a certain way. He is always very patient and knowledgeable!

Cassandra, 9 lessons with Joe

Good experience.

My son got his highest Trigonometry test grade of the semester after one session with Joe! Joe was a confidence-builder.

Tricia, 1 lesson with Joe
Tutor responded:

Thanks Tricia! As bright as he is, that makes perfect sense. Thanks for the opportunity to work with him.

Joe is a great confidence builder!

Joe has the ability to communicate geometry into non-technical terms and connect well with students. His experience as a basketball coach shines through in his tutoring with plenty of positive encouragement. I know he has helped my son get back "in the game."

Jeanne, 20 lessons with Joe

BEST TUTOR AROUND!

Joe is VERY SMART! He knows exactly what I'm doing in class without having to look at the book most of the time. Also, he can explain it better than my professor. Not only does he know his stuff, but he is very welcoming to any last minute changes in my schedule, or meeting at later times if necessary. He is VERY VERY accommodating to my schedule. Joe will go to whatever location you desire. I couldn't have picked a better person to work with! He makes you feel so comfortable, I even talk to him about personal life. It seems like he's a part of my family in a way. I could have not asked for a better person to work with! I will definitely b recommending Joe to ALL of my friends struggling in Math!

Doug, 16 lessons with Joe

Excellent tutor.

Joe worked with my child in geometry for only a few weeks and the results were great. I would recommend Joe to anyone.

Steve, 3 lessons with Joe

Great tutor!!

Joe has been tutoring my son in Algebra for the past few weeks and has done an amazing job. My son feels so much more confident about his math skills and his grades have shown a great deal of improvement. Joe is always on time and prepared. He is very patient and puts my son at ease. My son was really reluctant to use a tutor but now really values Joe's help. I would highly recommend Joe as a math tutor.

Leslie, 7 lessons with Joe
Tutor responded:

Thanks Leslie! Very thoughtful of you, and humbling.

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Joe M.

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