It is March again. Soon, the exams will be in the air. Before the exams begin, many children will be spending the last few days of enjoyment with their friends, especially the board students. It is the time most schools decide to conduct a study tour. Study tours have great importance as means of studying through observation. For the children, it is a memorable experience – the moments of joys before the upcoming hectic exam heat. Read on the article to know everything if you are planning to conduct a study tour from your school or college.
The importance of study tours
Everyone likes to travel. As many are aware today, it is impossible to believe that a man's learning experience comes from textbooks alone. Experience and observation are better teachers that textbooks and question papers. Study tours give the child a platform to go to a distant place with their friends and learn a lot new things which the child hasn't experienced ever in life.
Study tours give the child practical knowledge
When a child learns something from the textbook, within the four walls of the classroom, he/she employs only a part of his/her studying ability. The child learns whatever being taught in a mechanical way. His/her study remains confined to the theory and not reality. If a child sees how farming is done, he will remember it better than reading and memorising the same. Study tours are one great opportunity to give the child practical knowledge.
Learning through fun
A study tour helps the child to learn many things through fun. Whatever the child sees will be an entirely new experience to the child. Nowadays, tours from family usually confine to water theme parks, foreign locations etc. The child rarely gets an opportunity to enter to the world of nature and explore the beauty of it. Study tours are usually conducted to cultural places, natural destinations etc, which will widen the child's horizon of experience.
Study tours help to develop maturity
For many children, the first ever time they go to any place with their friends, is during the study tours. It is the few experiences of a child's life where he/she goes without the accompanying of parents. Children stay with other children. They learn to adjust in life, cooperate with others. Moreover, it will increase their self-esteem. They will learn team-work. Their self-confidence will increase. Thus study tours help children to be self dependent and mature.
What are the precautions to be taken during a study tour?
Precautions from the part of children
First of all, when you prepare to go on a study tour, you have to prepare a backpack or a bag. It must contain everything you need. You must take fundamental things like toothpaste, toothbrush, bathing bar, towels, change of dress, hairbrush etc. If you have a long journey, it would be good to take a small bottle of water with you. If you are not allowed to take a mobile phone, then take a small diary and write down your parents' phone number and you should keep it safe. You should eat only the food provided by your teachers or school authorities and you should not eat or drink if a stranger offers you something. Always take care to keep in company with your friends. You may not wander here and there far away from your friends and teachers.
Precautions from the part of parents
Parents must make sure that the child has packed everything he/she needs. They must make sure that at least one or two teachers or adults are accompanying the children. It will be good to note down the mobile number of the person accompanying the children. Also ask for the exact destination and the place where they are staying. Parents must tell children what all things he/she needs to care while being on his/her own. At the same time, you must not frighten your children.
Precautions from the part of teachers
Before the group leaves the school, teachers must make sure that every child who had registered for the programme has reached. If anybody hasn't reported, inquire whether they have cancelled the programme. At least, the teachers must ensure that all the children who left the home for tour has reported in school. Teachers must make sure that the children are provided with enough food during the journey. Whenever the group halts at a place, the teachers should take the number of the children who get out of the vehicle and get in the vehicle. They must ask the children to remain together.
How to make use of a study tour?
Study tours are intended to give the child a learning experience through fun. It is important that the child makes use of the study tour, observe the things he/she sees and make notes. When you have decided the destination, you may collect some background knowledge of the place. When you go on the tour, you may take a diary or a notepad with you. Whenever you see something interesting or different, you can make note of it. Imagine you are visiting a hydro-electric project. You can note down the process through which electricity is generated, the words said by officials and tour guides etc. All these will help you in your studies as well as general awareness. After returning, you can also prepare a travelogue on the basis of the journey/
Some study tour destination suggestions
If you are planning to arrange a study tour from your school or college, here are some study tour suggestions for you:
Places of cultural significance such as forts, temples, churches, mosques, historical places, heritage centres, palaces etc
Places of natural beauty such as mountains, forests, waterfalls etc
Biodiversity spots such as national parks, wildlife reserves, forest regions, protected zones, ecosystems etc
Places of industrial importance such as factories
Agriculturally important places such as farmlands, estates etc
Tourist spots such as monuments, important structures etc
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