I have used TIA for the FSA level exams and could not imagine passing the exams without them. Zak and Ken are both great instructors, both extremely knowledgeable and willing to help. In addition, TIA provided numerous amounts of resources helped me with the momentum task of completing the examination process. Among those resources are the video lessons, detailed study guide, flash cards and past exam problem breakdowns. They offer numerous practice problems which range from easier concept building problems to exam level difficulty practice tests. They are extremely detailed, even giving advice on study methods and how to prepare for the day of the exam. One of the most useful lesson was a walk through of the formula sheet, that helped me recognize which formulas I needed quickly and saved me time during the exams.
Zachary Fischer Contact meFSA, CERA
Zak joined TIA in 2013 and teaches fellowship-level actuarial exams. He graduated from Brown University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics, and he became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) in 2014.
He began his career as a consulting actuary at Milliman Financial Risk Management in Chicago, IL, where his work primarily involved hedging variable annuity risk for life insurance companies. Zak now works as a senior associate for a small private equity firm. As a senior associate, Zak works on valuations for target acquisitions and sales of portfolio companies.
Before becoming an actuarial exam instructor, Zak was a teaching assistant for many different college classes, including Computational Probability and Statistics, Investments, Corporate Finance, and Discrete Structures in Mathematics.
Beyond Zak's passion for helping actuaries pass difficult fellowship track exams, he enjoys swimming and piano. Zak has also competed in the Chicago Triathlon for the past five summers.