Another example of a targeted social engineering scam attempting to establish a relationship and garner trust, often leading to check scams (see Earth science Tutor Needed for another). A similar scam from the same email address has been reported elsewhere, such as this example from Virginia Commonwealth University.
From: bryonjonathan102 @gmail.com
Date: Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 8:33 PM
Subject: Applied Math Lessons
How are you doing today? My name is Bryan Jonathan. I came across your
e-mail at the Brown University, Department of Applied Mathematical
under Graduate Students' portal. I seek for a private tutor for my
Daughter. I would like to know if you would be available for the job
and I would provide you with more details my daughter.
I would also like the lessons to be at your location. Kindly let me
know your policy with regard to the fees,cancellations, location and
make-up lessons. Also,get back to me with your area of specialization
and any necessary information you think that might help.
The lessons can start by 26th of June.
Looking forward reading from you.
My best regards,