You'd find if you take a good look at our current world reality and the primary issues confronting it – from natural resource management to climate change and even migration – every one of these is in general sense geographical in nature.

However, the subject doesn't just fret about the world's issues - Geography as a subject is actually quite interesting and vast as it involves studying places and interactions/relationships between people and their environment at large.

The study of geography can be therefore be said to be quite crucial to us humans to help us better understand our environment and learn how to leverage it to make our lives better. With the aid of other disciplines, including biology, sociology, cultural studies, even mathematics, geography

Think about the various features and land formations of the earth – It's all Geography!. Also, think of the interactions between us humans, our lifestyles, the way we move and think together, it's all part of Geography.

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Why Study Geography?

There are many reasons why one can choose to study geography as a course and there are also many reasons why we should study geography as humans. Stated below are a few reasons we could study geography.

  • To gain proper perspective and awareness of places and spaces.
  • Help develop reading skills - learning geography helps to build nonfictional reading skills like in the studying of maps and also in the reading resources, materials that are related to geography; geography often involves analysis of data sets, first-hand accounts, and reading of research studies.
  • It aids the fostering of a global community
  • For those with wanderlust, it helps inform your travel decisions and enables you to travel smart
  • It helps with navigation skills
  • It aids us to better understand people and culture
  • There are a lot of employment opportunities for Geography graduates in related professions
  • Many other reasons...
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Geography Courses in Nigeria

Nigeria is a very good place to study Geography, what with the numerous universities, polytechnics, schools and various kinds of institutions available for education purposes. Asides from this, Nigeria is rich in diverse culture and landforms - It is a good case study for the study of physical geography and human geography.

There are various kinds of educational institutions at the Federal Government, State Government and Private levels offering a range of different courses and degrees to students of various levels, age and demographics.

Whatever your reason to study Geography, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. Here are some of the available options, ranging from private tuition to university degrees, diplomas, each briefly grouped bases on some Nigerian cities.

Get a Geography Degree in Lagos

Lagos is the economic capital of Nigeria and also the most populated city in Nigeria and Africa. It is home to many prestigious secondary schools, Colleges, Universities, Polytechnics and diverse types of institutions. Getting an education in Lagos is very easy and convenient and gives students legit access to being in the heartbeat capital of the Nigerian economy.

Students can choose to get their Geography degree in Lagos, asides being the economic capital, it also has a bustling social scene. Getting a degree from any of the Universities in Lagos also gives you the opportunity to study human geography from a practical angle as Lagos also boasts of a mix of diverse cultures and people living in the same city and their daily interactions.

The University of Lagos and Lagos State University offer Geography or geography related courses at the  Undergraduate level and Postgraduate graduate levels.

Students can work on getting a Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate degree course in geography as long as they can meet the required admission requirements into these institutions.  Entry requirements generally include five 'O' Level passes including English language and mathematics. Students can find out more information from their university of interest.

Learning a geography course in Lagos could also be from other medium asides from getting a formal university degree - find out more about learning geography in Lagos.

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A-Levels Geography in Abuja

Abuja FCT (Federal Capital Territory) is the official and political capital of Nigeria. Abuja is part of the North Central geopolitical zones of the country and is the hub of Nigerian politics.

It is also a powerhouse in the Nigerian economic sector and also a very good study for Human geography in Nigeria. All the 36 states of Nigeria are represented in Nigeria, so therefore it is a mix of cultures and very importantly the politics on interaction.

There are a good number of higher institutions and schools that offer geography course to students. Advanced Level (A-Level) Geography and other levels of geography can be studied in Abuja.

Even though A-levels are not a part of the official Nigerian education curriculum and structure, there are a good number of private and international schools that facilitate A-Level classes and geography is often offered as a course for science-based students.

At A-levels, the Geography subject is offered as part of a group of subjects that prepare students for specialised fields. A-levels are usually taught as either a 2-year course of regular tuition or an advanced 1-year course for high performing intellectual students.

Some schools that offer A-level geography course to students include Global International college and The Regent College, Abuja. Both of these colleges and a few others offer A-level geography as part of the subject options to choose from.

Entry requirements for A-levels mostly always require students have at least 5 '0' level passes including the English language. it should be noted that students taking the advanced level course are usually preparing for admission in international and foreign universities and sometimes (though not very common) as a means of direct-entry in a university in Nigeria.

Asides from A-levels, Abuja also offers a lot of other learning options and levels for the study of Geography, you can find out more about the available options for learning Geography in Abuja.

Geography Lessons in Port Harcourt

Port Harcourt is in the south-south geopolitical zone of Nigeria. It is the capital city of the oil-rich Rivers state and a hub for both local rivers indigenes, other Nigerian cultures and expatriates in the oil field; this makes the city of Port Harcourt an interesting city to get an education in geography and any other course.

Students in Port Harcourt have the advantage of a bustling social scene and access to good internet connectivity. Deciding to take online lessons or courses is a good choice because Port Harcourt being one of the major cities in Nigeria and also with a high presence of international expatriates have good internet service facilities that will make online education easier.

Students can decide to supplement their local studies with courses from online resource centres, schools and virtual classrooms and expand their study of Geography. There are various websites that have educational modules for learning geography, and students can also get access to tutors that specialise in teaching Geography subject.

Whatever mode of study students living in the city of Port Harcourt decide to take to learning geography, there are a lot of options and they can find out more about where to learn geography in Port Harcourt and make their choice.

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Geography Classes in Kano

Kano state is part of the North-West geopolitical zones in Nigeria and its same-named city, Kano city has the second largest population in Nigeria after Lagos. Kano is rich in culture and landforms that make it a good area for the study of physical geography and its human population capital also makes the study of human geography in Kano interesting

Kano is home to a few higher institutions and colleges and is also well developed and amenities like the internet are available to the populace that can afford it. There are a few schools where students can learn Geography and geography related courses in Kano including Universities, colleges and secondary schools.

Geography is part of the compulsory science subjects for senior secondary school students looking to take the WAEC (West African Examination Council) examinations and is also available as an optional course for NECO (National Examination Council).

Students going to senior secondary school after their basic 9/ grade 9 class, will be sure to have geography lessons taught at any government-approved secondary school and that will definitely help those who plan to go into fields that require the knowledge of geography.

For students thinking of learning geography at more advanced levels, find out more on available options for studying geography in Kano.

Geography Tutorials in Ibadan

Ibadan is the capital city of Oyo State located in the South-West geopolitical zone of Nigeria and also has the third-largest population in Nigeria after Lagos and Kano. Oyo state has a good number of higher institutions and a higher number of them are located in Ibadan city.

Ibadan offers various options for learning geography and at various levels - from secondary, to Advanced Levels (A-Levels), undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Superprof Nigeria also has a good number of tutors based in Ibadan that can teach geography courses.

For students interested in having private lessons and a more tailored approach to teaching, you can easily find geography teachers in Ibadan to help with your Lessons.

Teachers on the Superprof have the advantage of being able to fit into student's personal study programme and affords the student flexibility. The Superprof platform also gives students access to ratings and reviews to help inform their tutor selection and they also get the first hour of their first lesson free.

Sitting right at your home in Ibadan or any Oyo environs, you can start your geography lesson with a Superprof tutor where an online webcam-based mode of learning is an option that fits with teacher and student. Asides from Superprof Nigeria, also find out about other available options for learning Geography in Ibadan.

Conclusion

There are several ways to learn geography in Nigeria and though we briefly mentioned only a few states, students can be sure to find geography classes in other cities and state in Nigeria.

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