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Ruth Boat

Lecturer for Sport and Exercise Psychology

Ruth Boat

I believe that a good teacher should approach every session with enthusiasm, passion and a smile, inspiring the students to be the very best version of themselves.

When I was studying for my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, I was taught by some excellent lecturers - people who were so enthusiastic and passionate. They gave me so much confidence, and the genuine belief that I could achieve my very best. It was those experiences as a student that sparked my own interests in academia and teaching.

I’m still early on in my own career, but I’ve been fortunate enough to work alongside some truly incredible people who’ve shared a lot of their knowledge, skills and experiences with me.

Those people have had a really big influence on both me and my work. I recently won the Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Teaching Award, and a huge part of that success was being surrounded by the kind of talent and enthusiasm I get to experience every single day.

To me, an inspirational teacher is simply someone who helps students fulfil their potential - whether that’s through different teaching styles and techniques, or just giving their time freely to provide support. Personal stories and experiences can be helpful, too; they give learning a motivating context and help to build up a sense of rapport. I believe that a good teacher should approach every session with enthusiasm, passion and a smile, inspiring the students to be the very best version of themselves. That’s a hallmark of the student-focused attitude we’ve got here; alongside the excellent facilities, it’s a great learning environment where you’ll feel welcomed, respected and supported, and where you can build proper relationships with your teachers.

I’ve always believed the most important attributes any NTU student can have are a passion for their subject, a positive attitude towards studying, and the desire to work hard and be successful. If you’ve got those qualities, they’ll be key ingredients throughout your life - and not just your time at university.

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