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Udara D.

Chapel Hill, NC

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Louisiana State University Department of Economics
Louisiana State University Department of Economics
PhD

Education

Louisiana State University Department of Economics

Louisiana State University Department of Economics (PhD)

About Udara

I have been fortunate enough to enjoy extensive teaching experiences in a wide range of environments and scenarios over the past eight years.

While I was at UNC, I volunteered to mentor undergraduates in math, biology, physics and chemistry, and I gained enormous satisfaction by seeing them succeed in their respective course work. I also volunteered in CAMD open house activities, working one-on-one with motivated Louisiana middle school students on a series of science projects that conveyed complex science theories in a simple and practical manner.

As a teaching assistant at LSU, I was involved in teaching laboratory classes to freshman and sophomore level students. Also at LSU, I guided more than 10 graduate students in their thesis research and 5 undergraduates in summer research towards the successful completion of their final projects.

When I was an undergraduate student in Sri Lanka, I taught high school chemistry for two years. After graduation, I worked as a temporary assistant lecturer for the Department of Chemistry at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. My duties included designing new experiments for freshmen classes, conducting laboratory classes and discussion sessions, conducting lectures when the designated professor was absent, and assisting the faculty with grading exams and tutorials.

I've also regularly tutored a number of high school students in math, chemistry and physics over five years. The hands-on experience that I have gained from teaching in the classroom, mentoring students in the research lab, and mentoring high school and undergraduate students has inspired me immensely and influenced the development of my teaching philosophy as well.

Active teaching promotes active learning. Helping students to develop their own problem- solving abilities is one of the biggest challenges in chemical education.

I strongly believe that effective interactivity is the most efficient way of teaching a chemistry class, and that in order to stimulate discussion, the subject topic should be connected to a real-world problem or example. For instance, I've talked about the utility of chemistry in solving many real-word problems from engineering to medicine. The ensuing conversation definitely got students looking at chemistry in a different light. These kinds of real-world comparisons spark interest in the subject by gaining the attention of the students and enhancing their understanding of the actual meaning of what they learn, thereby making them more likely to contribute to the discussion. In this regard, I believe that teachers must also continually learn and keep up with new information in the field to create enthusiasm in the classroom.
I have been fortunate enough to enjoy extensive teaching experiences in a wide range of environments and scenarios over the past eight years.

While I was at UNC, I volunteered to mentor undergraduates in math, biology, physics and chemistry, and I gained enormous satisfaction by seeing them succeed in their respective course work. I
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Chapel Hill, NC 27516
In-person lessons
Science:
Biochemistry, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry

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Louisiana State University Department of Economics
Louisiana State University Department of Economics
PhD

Education

Louisiana State University Department of Economics

Louisiana State University Department of Economics (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Udara will travel within 20 miles of Chapel Hill, NC 27516.