Dear Students and Parents,

We write with deepest regrets to announce the recent passing of Professor Matthew Marx, founder and co-owner of Tutoring By A College Professor.

Professor Marx was known as a gentle and approachable educator whose unique patience and pride in his students instilled them with the confidence needed to succeed—whether it was on class subjects, college entrance exams, or scholarship and admissions essays. Professor Marx founded Tutoring By A College Professor 12 years ago with the belief that each student could benefit from individualized educational support. Professor Marx helped students realize that hard work, preparation, and a great attitude would help them achieve their goals. Tutoring By A College Professor is recognized throughout Central Ohio and across the country for helping students achieve higher test scores, stronger grades, and greater confidence.

Our business will continue Professor Marx’s legacy by meeting the academic needs of your student. This is made possible with our incredible faculty of 50+ test prep and subject matter experts, hand-picked educators who share the core values Professor Marx stood for. Every ACT/SAT/PSAT tutor has been directly trained by Professor Marx to individually help your student meet and exceed their goals. We also have a greater faculty of high school and college/university subject experts who will continue to help your students with their coursework.

Our family-run business continues to move forward through myself—his wife and co-owner—Leslie Marx. I will ensure that your student is paired with a devoted, knowledgeable tutor from our faculty. While we all face an insurmountable loss, please know that we are committed to give you the best educational and personal support possible.

Thank you very much for trusting Tutoring By A College Professor to support you and your student. Many have reached out asking what they can do to help our family and faculty during this time. Special thank you to Professor Marx’s dear friend, Dr. Nicole Kraft, for building a legacy fund in his honor. Please see below for more information.


Leslie Marx and Faculty


Professor Marx's legacy will continue through a fund in his name within the Young Writer's Program at The Ohio State University. To honor Professor Marx's legacy, you can give in three ways:

1. Send a check made to The Ohio State University Foundation and note "in memory of Matthew Marx" on the memo line. The mailing address is PO Box 710811, Columbus OH 43271.

2. Online gifts can be made through https://www.giveto.osu.edu/makeagift/. Select Fund: 999999 and indicate the gift is in memory of Matthew Marx.

3. Call The Ohio State University Foundation to make a gift over the phone at (614) 292-2141.



Fantastic tutoring! ACT score increased by 4 points! Couldn’t be happier.

Beth Femia Cincinnati, Ohio

My son's score increased by 4 points. Love the staff at Tutoring By A College Professor!

Terrill Drew Blacklick, Ohio

What makes Matt Marx extra amazing is that he not only is a capable tutor, but he has also has parented his own children successfully through this stressful process. This means that Matt truly understands the goals of the parent and adeptly balances those with his students' schedules, abilities, concerns, etc. This can be a tough balance and having a tutor who has seen the process "from the inside" is immensely helpful!

Melanie Schottenstein Bexley, Ohio

Matt definitely helped prepare our daughter for these huge tests. He has a way of making progress with no pressure. We have been thrilled with her results. I also have found Matt & Leslie’s knowledge of the entire college application process to be an added bonus. Their service keeps you on time with all the requirements & I completely trust their expertise—both professionally & as experienced parents themselves. A great value!! I will recommend Matt to everyone.

Julie Yaw Gahanna, Ohio

Matt worked with our daughter and raised her ACT score to well over the school average. He encouraged and coached her so that she could be prepared and enter the ACT testing session with confidence. Our daughter was accepted at all 8 schools where she applied and received scholarship offers as well. The investment in tutoring is well worth the return in scholarship monies.

Beth Ryan Upper Arlington, Ohio

We just learned that our son raised his SAT score by over 200 points thanks to the help of Professor Matt Marx. This is our third child, and we can tell with absolute certainty that Matt Marx is by far the BEST deal in town! Matt charges far less than both Kaplan and Princeton Review. The individual attention he gave our son made such a big difference. Matt was able to assess his strengths and weaknesses. We are so thankful for Matt's passion for teaching and his faith in our son. We are confident that our son will be able to attain acceptance into the college of his choice now that his SAT score is so strong!

Michelle Knudson Columbus, Ohio

Matthew worked with my son for three months prior to the SAT. During that time, he was extremely accommodating in terms of schedule. My son enjoyed his sessions and had a nice improvement in his test score. He also learned reading and writing skills that have helped him beyond his test-taking needs. I highly recommend Matthew Marx as a reading and writing tutor not only for test preparation but for general educational needs.

Susan Vasko Upper Arlington, Ohio

WOW! There are so many ways Professor Marx has helped my family! Our first interaction was with my oldest son, whose ACT score jumped a full 4 points! Money well spent! And my younger son went to another tutor affiliated with Professor Marx, in need of Algebra help. He left the first session and said "Mom, I can do this. I'm not stupid!" Then, in the weeks to come, to the amazement of his teachers, his math scores went from D's to A-B's. They were baffled. I was not! When you find someone who truly loves kids, and helps your child as though they are his own, there is simply no way to put a value on it. I keep funds on deposit, ready when we need him!

Susan Brock Gahanna, Ohio

Highly recommend Matt. My son got into both his schools of choice (Ohio State University Main Campus and the University of Cincinnati). Matt’s help with ACT prep brought my sons ACT score up to make these college acceptances possible. Many thanks again!

Wendy Hux Pickerington, Ohio

Wow! Matt is incredible to work with and really related well with my son. My two older sons tried other ACT tutoring options and had weak results and experiences. What a difference working with Matt makes! He is amazing and extremely knowledgeable. My son got an amazing ACT score on his first try! Thank you Matt for all your support, time and focus! I would highly recommend!

Amy Lindenmuth New Albany, Ohio

We are over the top appreciative of Professor Marx's abilities to engage and prepare our young child for testing into Columbus Academy. Very pleased and comfortable endorsing him for prepatory testing at any level.

Vanessa Harmon Gouhin Blacklick, Ohio

I highly recommend Matt Marx if you need any ACT/SAT prep help! We have had great results!!!

Robin Ellis-York New Albany, Ohio

I highly recommend Matt and his team of tutors. Both of my children have worked with his tutors on Advanced Math and English and learned strategies and approaches to the subjects that they have been able to apply to learning in general. My oldest son worked with Matt on the ACT preparation and improved his scores by 8 points. He got into his colleges of choice with scholarship offers and will attend Morehouse College as a Howard S. Thurman Scholar on full academic scholarship in the fall. We are a Tutoring by a College Professor family.

Kim Minor New Albany, Ohio

I would highly recommend Matt for act tutoring as both my kids have now been incrementally successful with his help! We couldn’t be more thankful for his guidance. Well done!

Jen Heck Upper Arlington, Ohio

The Matthew Marx Memorial Fund supports initiatives for young writers in Ohio State’s Creative Writing Program, with preference for the Young Writer’s Workshop. Please consider donating to honor Professor Marx's passion for enabling young scholars with the tools to succeed.

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