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Joe F.

Carmel, IN


Learn Calculus from an Actuary!

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Background check passed as of 9/25/15
5.0 average from 572 ratings
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— Daniel, Indianapolis, IN on 6/5/15

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Marshall University


Marshall University (Mathematics)

About Joe

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.

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.

Related Hobbies and Interests:

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 Read more

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Travels within 5 miles of Carmel, IN 46032
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"Good teacher"

- Daniel, Indianapolis, IN on 6/5/15

"Great Tutor!"

- Linda, Zionsville, IN on 2/25/15

"Great session"

- Robbin, Zionsville, IN on 1/15/15

"What A Wonderful AP Calculus Tutor"

- Sheila, Westfield, IN on 7/9/14

"Great Tutor for Advanced Math Course"

- Anitha, Westfield, IN on 5/22/14

"Excellent experience."

- Heather, Carmel, IN on 7/4/13

"Dedicated Tutor"

- Lynette, Carmel, IN on 6/30/13

"Joe F. has improved my daughter's pre-calc/trig grade by a letter grade!"

- Jennifer, Carmel, IN on 4/30/13

"Great, enthusiastic tutor; communicates promptly via text messages/email"

- Vicky, Carmel, IN on 10/2/12

"Best tutor I have ever had!"

- Kathryn, Carmel, IN on 8/26/12

"Very competent and works well with our daughter"

- Sunshine, Carmel, IN on 1/24/12

"Tutoring with the best interest of your child in mind"

- Heather, Indianapolis, IN on 1/22/12

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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.

Marshall University


Marshall University (Mathematics)

Good teacher — 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. ...

— Daniel, Indianapolis, IN on 6/5/15

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Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

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Joe will travel within 5 miles of Carmel, IN 46032.