How to Ace a Quiz

Quizzes are either team-oriented events or events that ask for individual participation. Often, we come across people who perform well when facing the quizmaster on a one-on-one basis, but they mess things up when being a part of a team. It’s the lack of combining and pooling individual abilities that causes this. To watch high performance individuals failing to achieve a given target – if not anything else – is pathetic.

Often, it is the egos of individual team members to be blamed, so take a step-by-step approach if you want to hold out till the last.

  • Quiz your own goals first.
  • First, be clear about who shall be playing what role.
  • It’s the team that’s going to earn the credits, so individual success is less important.
  • Participants are mere tools for the team to earn the credits.
  • Expectations from every team member must be cleared beforehand.
  • Every member must have a well-defined personality goal, which they must achieve individually.

It’s not possible for every person to know everything; therefore, to ace a quiz, people with expertise on varied fields must be brought in. It’s different if the quiz is held on a specific niche, otherwise, an even blend is what that does the miracle.

But then again, what if it’s a quiz where every man is for himself? A sure shot way to win such a quiz is being selective – you must participate in a quiz held in a particular niche that you are knowledgeable about. If not, then stay away; because a person with an in-depth knowledge in the post-bop era may not be a stellar performer in a quiz with medieval weapons as the theme. Things, however, are a bit better when a quiz requires participants to choose from given options; with a fair amount of deductive logic and guesswork, many have been known to succeed, even though they were unsure about the answers.

All in all, it’s good fun to win, but you must choose the proper alley (allies too!).

Filed Under: Education & Training


About the Author: Darlene Aronson holds a degree in English literature and is a college teacher in Texas, USA. She likes to help others by sharing her experiences in education and training field. She has written for many blogs as well as local magazines.

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