Hundreds of explorers have passed through our planet earth, and when we talk about these explores, some popular names come to mind. Some of the renowned explorers include Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, and John Cabot. Others include Hernan Cortes, Francis Drake, Walter Raleigh, and James Cook.
The belief that most individual has is that every crevice of the world has already been mapped out and with the help of satellite imagery, every part of the world can be called up. Therefore there is no more need for one to study geography.
To them, the study is a dead science that does not affect present human activities. Forgetting that the world is evolving and the need for geographers is more needed than ever.
It's important that with the help of GPS navigation systems, we can look up any maps. Google can tell us about any continents, countries, and their capitals, but how can we assess the changes that are constantly taking place around our environments.
With nobody keeping a tap and observing these changes, we might end up being swallowed up by the earth as a result of earthquakes, tsunamis, or flooding. This is why Superprof sets out to change the negative thinking that people hold about the discipline and help people understand some of the career paths they can follow when holding a geography degree.
Reasons to Study Geography At Secondary School Level?
It is quite alarming that geography is not part of Nigeria's core science subjects, likewise in some other countries. Most often, as students in secondary schools go higher in their academic pursuits, their passion for geography begins to wean due to a lack of encouragement or knowledge about the opportunities embedded in this field of study.
Our education system or curriculums in secondary schools are not really updated to expose the students to all that they need to know about physical and human geography or our responsibilities in conserving our environments.
And as the students are becoming passionate about exploring their physical environment and the environmental challenges - the Nigerian educational system becomes a stumbling block. Indeed this is a very precarious situation that has inhabited the growth of our dear country Nigeria.
With hundreds of career paths available to individuals with geography degrees such as Geographic Information System (GIS), Oceanographers, Climatologists, Urban planners, and others trained in this field of study, the future looks dark as fewer students are being trained to take up this positions in the future.
It's important to extend the study of geography throughout our secondary school because it will help us understand how events impact human and physical environments across the world. We are fortunate in this part of the world to be safe from cataclysmic weather conditions and natural disasters such as the landslides and tsunamis that occurred in Alaska, the USA, Japan, and Lisbon, Portugal. But we are not completely safe as such a world occurrence affects us in different areas.
While we continue to teach our secondary school students geography and environmental studies, there is also a need for our public schools' teaching curriculum to be revamped. Hopefully, geography might be made a core course during SSCE (WAEC, NECO, GCE, and NABTEB) examinations in Nigeria.
Study Geography with a Tutor
In the past, a typical geography lesson consists of just learning about different countries and their capital, knowing about continents, bodies of waters, and major mountain names. Students in primary and secondary schools were only tested by asking them to locate different countries on world maps and atlas.
Little opportunities were given in the classroom to explore different concepts and allowed for sightseeing in their surroundings.
But that has changed now!
Fewer attentions are now being placed on memorizations, and that is why parents are now hiring private tutors that can help their wards.
Geography as a course is divided into different branches, and this includes
- Climatology: This is the study of climate and how it affects our world
- Biogeography: The study of the biological components within our ecosystem
- Economic Geography: The study of the distribution and spatial organization of economic activities around the globe
- Environmental Geography: The study of the relationship that exists between people and their immediate environment
- Social Geography: The relationship that exists between social phenomena and the environments in which they occur
- Cultural Geography: This is the study of cultural standards and artifacts in relation to the areas where these cultures occur.
- Applied Geography: This involves the relationship that exists between human and the natural environment
- Urban Studies: It involves the study of life in an urban environment.
Therefore, it is important that you know that a geography tutor is not a one-fits-all proposition due to the many subspecialties of this subject.
Therefore, it is important to consider the following when shopping for a tutor for your child.
Things to Consider When Shopping for a Geography Tutor
There are some salient points to consider when considering hiring a private tutor for your children or yourself. Some of this includes
- Adaptable to your Need: This is important when hiring a tutor. Is he/she familiar with the geographical position of your upcoming SSEC, JAMB, GCE, A-Level, and GCSE geography? As you may have known, these examination bodies often change their content, so it will be best to make sure that any tutor you will be working with is familiar with the current edition of your exam. This position also holds true if you are preparing for your semester examination as an undergraduate.
- Availability: How available is the tutor you want to hire. Is the tutor available to meet with you once a week or maybe several times per week as your examination draws nearer?
- Tutor Location: How and where will the tutor session hold is another question that you need to ask while interviewing the prospective tutor. These days it is common for private tutors to give lessons via webcam and other online tutoring routes. This medium can be quite cheaper when compared to the face-to-face method of tutoring.
- Agency: Would you prefer to work with someone from a tutoring agency or work directly with the tutor. For an agency, the price might be slightly higher because the company has to use a portion of the fees to cover their overhead costs. But the good side of hiring from an agency is that their tutors are mostly qualified, trained, and experienced. You are comfortable that you are picking from the best hands available in your locality.
Geography Courses Online
Presently, there are tons of online resources that can help you with the knowledge of geography. These resources and outlets help you to build on the knowledge too. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses available for anyone to enroll. MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career, and deliver quality educational experiences at scale.
These courses often comprise about six weeks of learning; however, you can go through any of the classes as quickly as you'd like. When you sign-up for any MOOC, you are expected to devote about three hours per week to these studies. Of course, you can spend as much time as you'd like reviewing the materials that so fascinates you.
It's important to note that no prerequisites are needed before enrolling in any of these courses. Research institutes and universities often sponsor these courses, and you must not be an undergraduate to participate. Most of these MOOC platforms deal with geography on areas such as physical features of geography, while others deal with climate change.
What Can a Degree in Geography Do for You?
Geography is a lucrative course, and bagging a degree in this university area can help you live a fulfilled life in the long run.
Now let’s see what type of exploration a geography degree can lead you to.
If you are conscious of environmental change and are driven to find sustainable solutions to some of the most challenging issues facing humanity today, becoming a geographer is the best place to start. As an undergraduate student, your coursework would consist of introductory material in this humanities discipline: geospatial analysis, urban and cultural geography, the study of ecosystems, and geopolitics.
As an expert in geography, you can work as a researcher by carrying out field works, analyzing your findings, and publishing them in reputable local or international journals. You can also present those papers at international conferences where your peers across the world will appreciate your knowledge.
This will help to place you at the forefront of every agency and body wishing to preserve the earth's resources for generations to come. If there is your passion, you might become one of the first Nigerian explorers to discover new lives in our water bodies as an oceanographer.
Or help in the urbanization and conservation of our natural resources in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria and the core north of this great country.