Growing up as a child in Zimbabwe, Jonathan always saw education as a privilege. A dedicated student, he read pre-clinical medicine at the University of Cambridge, majoring in pathology and graduating with a bachelor’s of arts degree in 2015. Before he completes his clinical training, Jonathan is currently conducting research in mental health policy with the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
His love for learning is fueled by sharing his knowledge and expertise. For over seven years he has enjoyed mentoring a wide variety of students, starting in high school as a peer-mentor in math and science subjects for younger students with learning difficulties. He has continued to mentor students throughout university in a wide array of areas, including medical school entrance exams, the university application process, and math and science up to degree level.
Taking an Aristotelian approach to mentoring, he believes quality is a habit and not an act. He works with his students to not only offer academic insight, but advice on how to best apply and sustain the knowledge and understanding they gain from working together. His work in mental health and own personal experience allow him to empathise with the unique stressors to which prospective students are subjected. Being able to see a student’s confidence grow and flourish is a true privilege and Jonathan continues to find mentoring students one of his most rewarding experiences.
He is excited to expand his skill-set through his role as an academic mentor with ESM. As a self-confessed grammar geek, he also can’t wait to teach new students how to ace the English section of the ACT and get the low-down on the best places to get American candy in London.