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How to be a good quizzer?

Ever since I’ve started this series on quizzing (you can check the previous article here); this one question has been the most common. “How can I be a good quizzer?” Some queries that follow this are: I participate in a lot of quizzes, but never win! How can I win in quizzes?

My answer to this is a bit philosophical and it may sound a little cliché to you! You will be a good quizzer and win quizzes when you attend a quiz not to win, but to learn! Yes, you read that right. Winning is not that important in quizzing, learning is. And when you learn enough, you’ll eventually start winning.

But this is not as simple as it sounds. Let me break it down to you. You attend the prelims of a quiz. Say there are 20 questions out of which you could crack 7. And let’s assume that you were in the right ballpark for 3 questions, but missed them narrowly. And 10 questions just flew right over your head. Now, after the quiz you need to analyse the topics of those 3 questions that you missed first. Mind you, I said topics and not questions. Because a question will only give you a single point of information. That’s not going to help you much in the long run. You need to have a general idea about the topic so that you can crack a future question on the same topic. And for those ten questions that you had no idea about, study those topics in depth!

This won’t happen over a day or two, you need to make this process a part of your life. Whenever you come across something that you don’t know, look it up, and read about it! That’s the only way you can be a good quizzer. I wish there was some shortcut to it, but I’m really sorry to break it to you, there isn’t.

But in the next article I’ll talk about how to process the information that you are reading in a better way so that it can be retained and recalled easily.

Till then, #Stay_Tuned.

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