I’m a huge fan of any sort of quiz, though I’m not 100% sure why as I don’t tend to do particularly well at them but, it’s the taking part that counts as they always say! Since the UK went into lockdown there has been a huge increase in the number of quizzes, quiz questions and ways to make the best quarantine quiz possible. Naturally, I and my friends hopped on the bandwagon and I decided to make a quiz for us to keep us amused through the many weeks of lockdown. Here are some of my tips on creating and hosting the best online quiz!
Quiz Tip 1: Choose a Platform
Obviously, these quizzes cannot be done in person so getting the right platform for your quiz is key. Zoom is a popular choice at the moment, however, when we attempted to use it, the sound quality was awful and we couldn’t hear anything so maybe have a test call before embarking on a full-blown quiz. It’s also worth noting that after 40 minutes your meeting will end unless it’s your first use, so depending on whether you want a break or a shorter quiz it could work for you. We made a group chat on Facebook and just used the messenger chat which worked a lot better for us. You could also use Whatsapp, Snapchat or even Microsoft Teams.
Quiz Tip 2: Pick Interesting Rounds
Quizzes do have the tendency to be repetitive if you’re doing a lot of them and sticking to the same rounds over and over again can become tedious. Instead of just the traditional general knowledge, sport, history rounds etc put in something that caters specifically to you or your friend’s interests, whether that be dog breeds or Kylie Minogue songs. One of our quizzes included a zoomed-in “celebrity or one of us” round and synonyms and antonyms for film titles. Get creative with the rounds you put in and it’ll make for an even better quiz night!
Quiz Tip 3: Be Visual
This is completely optional and up to you to decide whether you have the time (or effort) to make something visual to go on the side. For the quiz I made I used Powerpoint to showcase the questions and the more visual rounds. As we had a ‘is this a celebrity or someone in our friendship group-round’, it was necessary to have some form of visuals to go with this. I included random transitions and effects, puns and pictures across the quiz to make it a little bit more exciting (and to showcase just how much time I’d had on my hands that particular day)!
Quiz Tip 4: Make it Personal
This, again, is a completely personal choice but making a quiz specifically tailored to your friends can be fun. Like I say, we had the celebrity or us round which provided some laughs due to how close-up the chosen photos were. You could even ask your friends to submit questions about themselves to answer as a round or trawl through their social media to find old embarrassing status’ and ask who said what. It’s all about having fun and playing around with it.
Lockdown quizzes have become the norm recently and they can be really fun! Remember to shake it up a little bit and try to do something different so the calls don’t feel repetitive. They can be such a great way to provide some form of social interaction so you don’t feel quite so isolated and, if I’m honest, I absolutely loved making the quiz!