Proven Results

With over 120 clients from 9 different schools having passed through our curriculum, we have seen an average 2.1 point increase in composite scores in students who have spent at least 3 sessions with us.

Free ACT Tutoring

Private standardized test prep from peers who have scored in the 99th percentile on these exams

Our Mission

We strive to provide individualized ACT and SAT peer tutoring to every interested student without regard to their financial situation or academic achievement. Our hope is that by doing so we can give them the opportunity to reach their potential and help them achieve their post-secondary goals.

Genesis was espoused in April of 2013 when founders Sid Ramesh and Dennis Bao realized the lack of affordable individualized ACT tutoring within their school. They have since incorporated and received 501(c)(3) status from the IRS and expanded to numerous schools throughout the metro area. Teach for America recently reached out to them to begin a partnership with a focus on expanding to inner-city schools.

We have clients initially take a diagnostic to best assess their weaknesses and then assign a tutor to them who we feel best will meet their needs. This strategy has led to an aggregate average increase of 2.1 points in composite score among our clients.

Staff

Jenny Zhang

Jenny Zhang

President

Lead Instructor

Jenny is a senior at Edina High School. She received a composite score of 36 (36E, 35R, 36M, 36S) on the ACT and a score of 2350 (790R, 800M, 760W) on the SAT. She is a National AP Scholar.

Jenny has completed Calculus III through the UMTYMP program and will be taking Introduction to Combinatorics in the fall. She is on the math team and Science Bowl team. She received Honors on the USNCO this year.

She has volunteered as a tutor at the Monday Middle Math Minds program and volunteers at her local library.

Meghana Iyer

Meghana Iyer

Vice President

Lead Instructor

Meghana is a senior at Edina High School. She received a composite score of 36 (36E, 36M, 35R, 36S) on the ACT and is a National AP Scholar.

In her sophomore year, she graduated from the UMTYMP program.

Meghana’s love for STEM is evident through her participation in math and science competitions throughout the school year. She is captain of the school’s Science Bowl team (which won 1st place at the 2016 State Competition and competed in the National Competition in Washington, D.C.) and is part of the math team. Over the past two years, Meghana has also conducted stem cell research at the University of MN and has won several awards for her work.

Outside of STEM, Meghana is captain of the school’s Model UN team and is serving as the Under-Secretary General for the Research and Writing sub team for the 2017 Edina Model UN Conference. She is also an avid piano player and classical Indian singer.

Meghana has lots of previous tutoring experience. She tutored students in grades 6-8 through the Edina Saturday School Program. She also mentored Calculus I students through the UMTYMP Girl’s Mentor Network. Through her Sunday School’s volunteer program, she has also mentored Bhutanese refugee kids in high school math and science.

Owen Stidman

Owen Stidman

Treasurer

Lead Instructor

Owen Stidman is a senior at Edina High School. He received a score of 35 (36E, 35M, 34R, 33S) on the ACT his sophomore year and is an AP National Scholar.

He has been involved with robotics since elementary school. This year, he is a Co-Captain for Edina High School’s award-winning FIRST  Robotics Team 1816, The Green Machine. Over the summer, he has organized STEM camps for children interested in robotics.

While interested in STEM, Owen is also an avid French horn player. He has earned two Superior ratings at the MSHSL Solo and Ensemble Contest. Currently, he plays in EHS’s top band.

Owen has had experience tutoring through mentoring younger robotics teams and as the Head Coach of the Writer’s Block at EHS.

Oliver Xu

Oliver Xu

Secretary

Lead Instructor

Oliver is a junior enrolled in Edina High School. In his freshman year, he took and received a 34 on the ACT (35E, 34M, 34R, 34S), and received the National AP Scholar award  his sophomore year.

Oliver graduated from the calculus component of the University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program last year, and is currently taking Discrete Geometry at the University of Minnesota, and (UMTYMP).

Oliver is engaged in multiple extracurricular activities; he is an active participant in math competitions, having lettered in it the past year, and was also part of the Minnesota All-State Math Team. This year he is also a member of both the Edina Quiz and Science Bowl teams.

A dedicated violin player, Oliver has played the violin for over 8 years, and is a part of the Symphony Orchestra of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies (MYS) program.

Testimonials

Sid is great at teaching math; he helped me make sense of some of the more difficult problems and how to simplify them. He is great at teaching rules that apply to a large percent of  both math and english to improve your score. Although I have not taken the ACT by now, I am more confident in my test taking ability.

Ned H.

Genesis has helped me develop and learn skills that will be useful not only for the ACT but also in school. Also, Meghana and Jenny were so patient and helped meet my personal needs. The individualized setting is much more helpful than the classroom setting.

Daniela G.

My sessions with Kyle have helped me to understand the concepts behind the test which has allowed me to more effectively manage my time during the test.

Jordan S.

Before working with Sid I was struggling in my math classes. The past two years he has helped me become a more successful student which will also help me prepare for the ACT and college.

Grayson W.

Sid was really able to adapt to my individualized needs and formulate a plan tailored to improve my weaknesses. I’m really grateful for the time he put in to help me.

Aanik L

Working with Kyle has been really effective because he helped familiarize me with the test and taught me how to speed up to get through all of the sections in time.

Brandon C.

Contact Us

genesistestprep@gmail.com

President Jenny Zhang: 612-356-8858

Vice President Meghana Iyer: 952-847-3155