Rex Kramer wrote:
jeff6286 wrote:Oh good, his name is in the thread title, now he is sure to listen!
"My first thought was that 'TPH' stood for 'TenPoundHammer', but then I figured, no, that's way *too* obvious. That can't be it. So I never bothered to click through."
I appreciated this post.
TPH, if you do read this - I want to help you, I really do. If you want to get better at this game, or learning in general, here are my tips:
1. Stop expecting every clue to hold your hand and lead you to the answer. Sometimes you have to know things to get the right answer.
2. Understand that what is obscure for you is not for everyone. That you didn't know something isn't an indicator that it was overvalued on the board.
3. Did you learn something new? Write it down! It doesn't matter if it's boring. Think of a way to connect it something that isn't. I don't know if you're in college, but you will likely have to learn many things that don't interest you on their face. Finding these connections is an important part of imprinting information onto your brain.
4. Banish the phrase "it could be [literally] anything" from your vocabulary. Post your score, your thoughts on the game, and stop trying to "impress" other posters with how you didn't know something.
5. Challenge yourself. Read a book, or an article about something outside of your comfort zone. You'll probably find yourself learning stuff. This is how I get a lot of science clues right despite being a filthy history major who got B's and C's in high school science classes.
6. BONUS! Gain some cultural awareness. I'm sure you've noticed that it helps to be aware of recent and classic books, movies, and TV shows. Not to mention sports. You won't learn everything - literature is a weakness of mine - but this is stuff that's helpful on the show and in life. Knowing what's going on in the world will open doors for you.
Nothing would make me happier in a Jeopardy context than seeing you improve and learn stuff.