For the most part, trivia games are simply a recreational activity enjoyed among friends and family. That being said, some people play competitively for money or prizes. Others still take part in trivia game shows where millions of people will be watching them. If you have a trivia game to prepare for, there are several steps you can take to improve your chances of winning.
Read as many trivia books as you can and as often as you can. They are filled with plenty of facts on everything from pop culture to geography to history. Some suggestions include “Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac: 8,888 Questions in 365 Days”, “15,003 Answers: The Ultimate Trivia Encyclopedia” by Stanley Newman and “The Complete Book of Presidential Trivia” by J. Lang. Read each book several times. These books contain a lot of information and you will not retain it all on the first read.
Practice playing trivia board games such as "Trivial Pursuit", "Outburst" and "Scene It?" The more you practice the better you will perform.
Watch as many trivia game shows as you can, such as "Jeopardy", "Hollywood Squares" and "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" to get a feel for their style of, and approach to, gameplay.
Ask your friends and family to test your knowledge by asking you questions from your trivia books, or even random questions they think of themselves.
Think about the trivia you have learned frequently. This will keep the facts fresh in your mind.
Crystal Bonser has been working as a freelance writer and editor for an educational website since 2009. She is also the creator of a pet-loss website on which she facilitates weekly grief support groups. Bonser holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a minor in psychology from Ryerson University.