How to compose yourself in a quiz

You’re in a quiz. You’ve wanna win but you’re feeling a bit anxious and you can’t seem to get the question or think fast. Here are some few tips that can help you:

  • Relax your mind.

You can try calming yourself by using relaxation techniques like taking deep breaths. You’ll slow your heart rate and move more oxygen to your brain. Repeat a positive and affirming message to yourself. This could be as simple as “I’ve got this.” If you often face situations that require quick thinking, you might prepare in advance so a specific phrase comes to mind. Tense muscles like biceps or thigh muscles for a few seconds and then release. This will help you concentrate.

  • Make sure you listen carefully and understand to the question.

Ensure that you’re properly interpreting what the questioner is asking by looking directly at him or her and paying close attention to the question.

  • Don’t look at your friends or any other person as they could distract you.

  • Ask again if you don’t understand.

Saying it out loud to yourself may also help you to understand it better and it will also give you more time to come up with an answer.

  • Try studying your questioner’s body language.

As the person asks the question, focus on his or her eyes, facial expressions, and body positions. The questioner could show you dome indications that what you’re saying is either wrong or right but be careful as this could be at times misleading.