Chanuka R. Mentoring -Medical School Preparation- tutor, Mentoring -P...

Chanuka R.

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Degree: Medicine (Bachelors) - Cambridge University

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About me

Hi, I'm Chanuka and I am a Cambridge medical student. Having been through the process myself, including gaining entry to two of the top three universities in the country for medicine (Cambridge and Imperial, thecompleteuniversityguide 2017), I have considerable, first hand experience as to what is required. My sessions will be tailored to you specifically; you decide what content you cover and you decide the teaching style you prefer. Having been in your position not so long ago and remember what a daunting and stressful process this is, I will be there with you, guiding and advising you through every step of the way. 

My qualifications?

1) 10A*'s at GCSE

2) 3a*'s at A-level (averaged 97% UMS, including multiple 100 UMS scores)

3) Top decile in UKCAT

4) Top decile in BMAT

My experience?

Since leaving school, I have helped a number of students through their application for the 2015-16 cycle, including students who have since gained offers from Imperial and UCL. Having been chair of Medical Society at my old school (HABS), I mentored a number of aspiring medics in the lower years. Therefore, I have a lot of experience when it comes to mentoring for medical applications in general and also Oxbridge applications. To add to my experience of the admissions process, I have attended conferences and have talked to many admissions tutors too; this has helped me gain a picture of exactly what they are looking for. 

I also have a number of invaluable resources (including a bank of real, past interview questions that I have assembled from medical students) as well as tips on writing personal statementsSAQs for Cambridge and obtaining work experience placements.  

Finally, having been through the process myself, I have first hand experience as well as a lot of hindsight!

My teaching experience?

I have a lot of teaching experience in that I have tutored biology, coached cricket and taught English abroad in the past, thus I have developed a teaching style that is friendlyenthusiastic and never boring!

What Subjects I offer?

I am a specialist medical applications tutor, so I offer: 

1) Personal statements (proofreading as well as helping you to write one). 

2) Obtaining work experience tips

3) Interviews (I have conducted mock interviews for students in the past, as well as helped with general interview techniques, ie. what to sayhow to say it). 

4) Oxbridge-specific interviews (working through scientific problems together, how to display logical thinking). 

Want to be one of my tutees?

If you’re interested in a session, please contact me via TutorWebmail and I will try my utmost to help you get your place at medical school! I very much look forward to meeting you :)

Subjects offered

Biology A Level £22 /hr
Biology GCSE £20 /hr
-Medical School Preparation- Mentoring £22 /hr
-Oxbridge Preparation- Mentoring £22 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £22 /hr


Disclosure and Barring Service

CRB/DBS Standard


CRB/DBS Enhanced


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Ratings and reviews

4.8from 4 customer reviews

Riccardo (Student) October 2 2016

The best!

Parveen (Parent) October 3 2016

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Questions Chanuka has answered

Which university should I apply to, Cambridge or Oxford?

There are 32 medical schools in the UK currently and you will only be able to choose 4 (plus one biomed) - so it is understandable you may have some difficulty narrowing them down. Cambridge and Oxford are in a bracket of their own, hence you can only apply to one. If you want to get into Oxbr...

There are 32 medical schools in the UK currently and you will only be able to choose 4 (plus one biomed) - so it is understandable you may have some difficulty narrowing them down. Cambridge and Oxford are in a bracket of their own, hence you can only apply to one. If you want to get into Oxbridge, targeting the right university is probably the most important part of the application process; many people spend very little time on this aspect thinking the selection process is the same for each of them. It isn't!

These are the two universities, where the type of student they are looking for is different; they are looking for what essentially is a scientist at heart. Don't get me wrong, you have to still have excellent communication skills and be able to work in a team, but what makes an application stand out is an emphasis on science - your first three years are basically a Biological Natsci degree. However, saying this, they place emphasis on different aspects of the process themselves. 


Firstly, there is the normal repertoire of things you have to look at. Do you want to be living in a big city such as Oxford or a smaller student city like Cambridge? Do you like the general feeling of Cambridge or Oxford better? (Visit them both!)

Subject strength

Generally speaking, Cambridge is better at science subjects but Oxford ranks higher for the arts. In terms of medicine rankings, Cambridge topped Oxford last time out.


Oxford look at GCSE's and BMAT more in the main, with a low emphasis on A-levels. However, Cambridge, look at A-levels very highly, especially UMS scores (96 is the average UMS score for a successful Cambridge medic). If your UMS is comparatively low, then they will look at your BMAT. For both these two universities, interviews can make or break applications! These interviews are science based, assessing how you can think logically through a problem on your own. Having been through a number of these science based interviews myself, I have a series of questions that we can go through together! Once you have mastered the technique, it isn’t as hard as it sounds. 

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