Marshall University (Mathematics)
If you're looking for a mathematician as a math tutor, I'm your guy. Although I have tutored most branches of mathematics, my focus is now Calculus and Pre-Calculus, both at the high school and college level. There is significant student demand for a qualified calculus tutor, especially with respect to online courses. However, I will also be tutoring Algebra 1 and Pre-Algebra during the summer of 2017.
I come equipped with a BS in Mathematics from Marshall University (cum laude). I have taught high school mathematics to grades 9 through 12. I taught college prep mathematics to advanced high school seniors, and after college I even tutored some of my former high school math teachers working on advanced degrees.
I spent most of my career as a multi-credentialed Enrolled actuary (FSA, FCA, MAAA) and president of an actuarial firm. From time to time I assisted students who were studying for actuarial exams. I took an early retirement in 2011, but still wanted to stay active in the area that I love best... mathematics. Mathematics is my native language. Additionally, I teach chess and can help chemistry and physics students with the underlying mathematics that is so utterly prevalent in those subjects.
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I have been a Cub Scout Den Leader, Coach for Carmel Dads Club Basketball, Baseball, Football and Soccer programs, and when my wife and twin boys aren't keeping me busy, I love to read books on American and World History.
Finally, because of the number of students that I have, I do not have time to travel. I do all of my tutoring out of the Carmel Public Library located on Main Street in Carmel directly across from Carmel High School. If you're looking for a mathematician as a math tutor, I'm your guy. Although I have tutored most branches of mathematics, my focus is now Calculus and Pre-Calculus, both at the high school and college level. There is significant student demand for a qualified calculus tutor, especially with respect to online courses. However, I will also be
My son was able to go from a D in PreCalc to a 96% in his final exam. I wish we'd found Joe sooner because that 96% helped his grade up to only a C. I'm now having Joe tutor my son in AB Calculus to get a jump start on what my son is taking next year. I recommend him.
Joe has worked with both of our daughters and he did a great job! Both girls were able to accomplish their goals after working with Joe.
My son came home from his first session with Joe and felt that his time was well spent and that the session was productive. He is not giving me a hard time about future sessions and in fact, sees the benefit and thinks that they will be helpful.
Joe is a wonderful tutor who happily goes the extra mile to help his students. At the beginning of the year, my daughter was having trouble understanding her AP Calculus class. Within a month of tutoring, she had brought her C/D up to a B, and by the end of the year she received an A as her final grade and a 5 on the AP Calculus test. There were several times when Joe changed his schedule, so that he could help her study for a test the next day. You would be hard pressed to find a more dedicated tutor than Joe.
Joe has been an excellent tutor for my son for AP Calculus. He was patient and helped my son get through the course even though there were some initial hiccups with him being transferred from another school. Joe was flexible and tried his best always to accommodate to our schedule. I will recommend him without any reservation to anybody looking for an advanced level math tutor.
July 2013 update:
My son has now completed a full semester of twice-weekly tutoring sessions with Joe. He achieved an A- on his final exam in honors pre-calculus. There is no question that the personal attention and high expectations, and good communication with me about my son's level of progress and commitment, made the difference. My son will be meeting with Joe over the summer to get ready for AP Calculus and with a tutor who truly cares about our child's progress, we are more than confident about the future. Thank you, Joe!
My son has had four sessions with Joe so far, and each time he has reported that his understanding of the material has improved. Joe conveys his enjoyment of the subject and my son feels that Joe enjoys working with him and really believes in him and wants him to be successful. Joe is encouraging. This positive relationship alleviates some of the anxiety that can come with working on a subject that presents challenges. As if all of that were not enough, Joe knows the stuff, cold, without hesitation, and can explain it in more than one way. When we are talking trigonometry, that's important!!
Joe goes above and beyond and is very committed to his students. He has called me on several occasions, outside of tutoring time with my son. He has stayed late when it was required for my son to master the content before a test. His concern for the student's well being goes beyond the topic they are covering for the day and extends to helping students meet their overall goals. His input is insightful and valuable. One of the great things about Joe is that when the problems are especially hard, he says so. This let's his students know the he understands what they are going through and he will be there to help them through the tough stuff.
My daughter has been tutored by Joe F. for the last 3 months. She has always been a good math student however found that she needed additional explanation and more one-on-one support than she was receiving from her teacher. Subsequently her attitude about math and her grade was suffering. Joe F. has really turned around both her attitude and performance. My daughter has appreciated how thoroughly Joe has explained material and especially new concepts. He provides extra problems for them to go through together and then has her independently solve problems to ensure that she grasps the concepts and applies them correctly. My daughter now confidently goes into her quizzes and tests which has resulted in improving her grade by a letter grade. Another reason for her success is that she likes Joe and how he approaches tutoring. I highly recommend Joe!
My daughter loves learning with this tutor and has turned her grades around. He is pleasant, energetic and professional. He clearly loves what he is doing. He is always punctual and will extend the time if my daughter needs it. I am so glad I found Joe.
Joe always comes into a session knowing and having an understanding of the material. He is very patient and good at explaining and showing you how to work out a problem. I always come out of a session having such a better grasp on the information I am learning. He has a good teaching process and explains some different ways of going about a problem than the teachers at school. I like how he never expects you to get it first hand and will keep giving you more and more examples until you do. Joe is one of those tutors who will do anything to help you improve your understanding or grade in math. I retook a math semester and the second time I had Joe as a tutor and I ended up raising my grade by two letter grades. There is no mistake in choosing Joe to be your tutor, he is the real deal.
We have been working with Joe for a bit over a month and he has helped our daughter not only improve her grade but more importantly gain a better understanding of the material she is studying. He has taken her back to relearn concepts that she was missing and then brought her forward to understand the current class material.
Joe has a can do attitude and he is able to really communicate with our daughter to instill the confidence in her that she needs to succeed. He not only has his material but he researched our daughter’s teacher to understand that actual class that she is struggling with. He always turns up prepared and ready to work and he helps her set and meet goals. But most importantly she actually looks forward to the learning sessions.
Joe has been very helpful to my son during the time that he has been tutoring him for math. Previously, my son had no interest in math at all. Joe has been patient and has tried different avenues of attracting my son's interest. He also sends him additional math problems via email free of charge to give my son some extra practice. He goes over these problems at the next session and they are able to discuss what was right or what was wrong. My son actually looks forward to the tutoring session each week!! I can recommend Joe to other parents out there who are looking for a tutor is all about helping your child succeed!
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"Why do I have to take Algebra? I'll never use it!". All of us in the teaching profession have heard this question. It's curious that the same question is not often posed with respect to other subjects such as English Literature or Biology. Algebra seems to be singled out for this particular query.
There are many strong answers to this question. Algebra is a prerequisite to take other high school math courses. Algebra is required for entrance to many leading universities. Algebra is necessary to be successful in many fields of science, e.g., chemistry and physics, engineering, computer programming, etc.
However, the strongest answer is that Algebra forms the building blocks for most math courses which follow. Trigonometry, Calculus, Geometry, and virtually every other field of mathematics rely on the foundation established by Algebra. Additionally, Algebra introduces students to problem solving, a skill necessary for success in just about any endeavor they may chooses.
So what is Algebra? Algebra is a branch of mathematics based on the concept of unknown values called variables; arithmetic, on the other hand, is based entirely on known number values. Solving equations are central to Algebra. Doing this may require factoring, knowledge of linear systems, knowledge of quadratic systems, knowledge of exponents & logarithms, knowledge of functions, knowledge of polynomials, knowledge of graphs and their transformations, and more. The student will learn about inequalities, absolute values, formulas for parabola, circles, ellipses, the list goes on and on.
With my B.S. in Mathematics, I have helped many, many students navigate this battle field with great success. By expressing complex topics in everyday language, supplemented by examples, I encourage students to abandon their fear of math and replace it with a spirit of curiosity and exploration. Once this is achieved new topics are approached with an air of confidence as opposed to an attitude that I'll never be able to do this.
Put at its simplest, Calculus deals with rate of change and area under a curve. In particular, differential calculus addresses rate of change in the determination of critical points of functions, maximum and minimum points, inflection points, related rate problems, optimization problems, slopes of functions at specific points and many, many other things. Integral Calculus focuses on issues relating to area under a curve. In a sense it is differential Calculus going backwards. Determining area, volume, cost/revenue/profit, and many other things utilize this form of Calculus. If you need someone to help you sort all of this out, I'm your guy. I work to simplify Calculus concepts for my students by utilizing practical examples and problems and have had great success.
In order to reach the mysterious lands of Calculus you must first pass through the valley of Precalculus, and it's not an easy trip! But Precalculus forms the building blocks of Calculus and your success in Calculus will be directly related to the strength of your Precalculus building blocks.
Precalculus is a difficult subject mainly because it is an extremely broad math subject. You will learn about all kinds of functions, one-to-one functions, even functions, odd functions, power functions, logarithmic functions, exponential functions and many more. You will have to learn how to translate, reflect and dilate these functions. You will have to learn how to graph all of these functions. You will have to learn how to find the roots of these functions.
And then there is the trigonometry part of Precalculus. What is meant by radians, angular motion, sin/cos/tangent, amplitude and phase shift, trig identities, graphing trig functions, the list goes on and on.
There is much more material in Precalculus than I've described here but you get the idea and you can get through it with a good grade. If you need someone to help you through this maze of topics, I'm your guy. I will simplify the concepts with examples and problems which will help you understand them and succeed in your class work.
Please see my description of Precalculus for a discussion on Trigonometry.