Karishma Shah-Tanna

Specialist subjects:

Mathematics (including Oxbridge/Russell Group Admissions), Music Theory and Piano

Also teaches:

Pure and further mathematics, Music Theory, Piano, Logic, Oxbridge Admissions, 5+, 11+, 13+, 16+ (all subjects), degree level, Personal Statement Support, Study Skills, Exam Preparation, Essay Writing, Critical Thinking, Revision Skills

School and university entrance preparation:

Applications to Oxbridge, Russell Group universities and top independent schools such as Harrow, Eton and Dulwich.


I am a private tutor, providing support for students that complements and develops what they are being taught at school and university. I also teache students who are not attending classes at school. Having achieved top grades in exams, I am able to guide my students towards exam success. In addition to face-to-face tutoring, I tutor online, so distance is no barrier. Online tutoring strongly encourages students to explain their thought process, which is crucial to their intellectual development, as well as being beneficial for Oxbridge interviews.

My approach to tutoring:

I take the view that tutoring goes beyond just solving academic problems. I will coach students and help them to develop their own working methods to succeed over the long term. I believe a key factor in the success of private tutoring is tailoring the lessons according to individual students. I find it rewarding to see students who previously admitted to struggling academically become much more confident in their abilities and flourish as they work together on their areas of weakness.

About me:

I am academically qualified to a very high standard. At school I achieved A* grades in Mathematics, English Language, Double Science, Geography, French and Latin, and A grades in English Literature and Music for GCSE. Then at A Level I obtained A grades in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics (before the A* grade was introduced), achieving 100% in many papers. At the same time as A Levels, I sat STEP examinations Mathematics II and Mathematics III achieving Grades 1 and 2 respectively.

I am a keen musician and whilst at school I achieved piano grade 8, music theory grade 6, singing grade 5 and violin grade 5. During sixth form I undertook an astrophysics research project at the University of Hertfordshire, as was awarded a Nuffield Science Bursary gold award. I also won the role of Financial Director of a successful Young Enterprise company at my school.

I read Mathematics at Magdalene College, Cambridge, obtaining an upper second degree. At university I sang in Magdalene College chapel choir, was Magdalene College badminton captain, and played on the ladies pool team representing Cambridge University.

University prizes

- Rae Mitchell Prize for Mathematics 

- Elected into an Exhibition (in recognition of strong performance in university examinations and throughout the year)

Following my time at Cambridge University, I went to BPP Law School and studied the GDL and LPC. I completed my training contract at Norton Rose and qualified as a solicitor. I then worked as a litigation solicitor in the city for many years. I am still a practicing solicitor and currently work as a consultant to a law firm. In addition to this, I am an accredited civil and commercial mediator.

I am currently studying part time for a masters at King’s College, London in Philosophy.

Hobbies and interests outside of tutoring:

I am a keen tennis player and play for The Queens Club. I also practice yoga regularly and I'm learning to sail!

Case study

One of my most challenging private tuition jobs was helping a student who had given up on going to classes at school for A Level Mathematics, who suffered from a lack of confidence. We went through the entire module syllabus from scratch. To bring him out of his shell, I used a variety of teaching methods from worked examples to power point presentations, to keep it fresh and interesting. The student had no trouble grasping the material. When exam time was nearing, my student and I discussed revision techniques and put together a schedule in order to help him prepare for the exam. He achieved the grade he wanted and, initially having given up all hope of obtaining an A Level in Mathematics, he was delighted with the result.