6. GRACE BELLO, 22
School: St George’s University/Imperial College London
Course: Medical Sciences with Management (BSc) Medicine (MBBS)
Year: Fourth (of six)
Grade Avg: First Class
Spying a sorely neglected gap in school study provision for GCSE and A level students, Grace has set up her own company – To the Point Education – to help pupils organise and timetable their studies effectively, assisting them with knowing what to study and the best time to do it.
She says: “I started the company after realising a lot of young people from my church weren’t doing well in their exams for the same reason – lack of informed organisation.”
Grace said the students had little idea about what they were going to be tested on, and – finding themselves disorganised and confused – were missing out on good grades. Starting out solo but now with a team of five fellow university students, Grace researches students’ course requirements and provides them with detailed study diaries and guides, which she designed and put together herself.
The business has grown exponentially to have helped more than 70 students in two years and has branched out to include mentoring. While Grace currently charges the students for the service, regularly making between £700-£1,500 a month, she hopes in the future to create a business model for schools to buy into. She is also responsible for training all her mentors and members of her team.
At university she has put those motivational skills to good use by instituting the first anatomy study group for younger medical students, which she teaches. By implementing this, she inspired her peers to set up study groups in other areas of medicine.
She also worked as a children’s leader at the Christ Apolistic Church in Leyton, where she planned classes and prepared church presentations, and helped plan the youth retreat.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Full-time with To the Point Education and working as a part-time GP.