Season 3 starts on Monday!
School of Trivia FAQ w/ sample quizzes
Hi everyone! For those of you who are already in for Season 3, thanks again for joining! New players: you have two options for Season 3 division placement. You can do nothing and I will put you in the Freshmen division by default, or you can take the 5 preseason quizzes linked below and I will slot you somewhere based on those results.
League players, feel free to disregard the rest of this message (but make sure to get your last Season 2 quizzes in before the newsletter goes out on Monday morning!)
For the rest of you, I just wanted to give you a little more info about how the league works. First, I linked to a tweet thread that walks through a typical day in the league. Then, there is a FAQ with sample quizzes, and the link to join the league is at the bottom.
Thanks for taking the time to check this out! Feel free to message me on Twitter or reply to this email if you have any questions.
Alex Jacob on Twitter: "With Season 3 starting on Monday, I thought I'd give a walk-through of a typical School of Trivia day. Here we go!… " — twitter.com “With Season 3 starting on Monday, I thought I'd give a walk-through of a typical School of Trivia day. Here we go! https://t.co/hTgjf80T14”
Q: What exactly is this?
A: A newsletter trivia league! 5 themed trivia questions direct to your email inbox every weekday with a link included to submit your answers, a fancy scoring system, stats, the whole nine.
Q: Can I try some sample quizzes?
A: Sure! Here are some links: an unlocked Season 1 newsletter and the five preseason quizzes.
Season 1, Day 8 - "The Floor is Baklava" (UNLOCKED) | Revue — www.getrevue.co School of Trivia - The mini-theme for Season 1, Week 2 was "War... What Is It Good For?" This quiz was inspired by the Pastry War.
Q: How does the league work?
A: Seasons end on the last Friday of the month, with the next season starting on the following Monday. (Season 3 will start on Monday, February 28 2022.) The league is divided into 4 divisions: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. The top finishers in each division (except Seniors) move up in the next season and the bottom finishers (except Freshmen) move down.
New players who join midseason will start out in a separate division before being funneled into one of the four main divisions at the start of the next season. (As a new player, you will start out in the Freshmen division by default unless you complete some past quizzes before the start of your first season, in which case I will slot you in a division based on the results.)
Q: What's this fancy scoring system you mentioned?
A: When you submit your answers, you will also rank your answers by your confidence level. 5 points for the answer you're most confident in, 4 points for your second-most confident answer, and so on down to 1 point for your least confident answer. Then, rather than taking your raw score (5+4+2=11, for example) up against one player, everyone plays everyone in the division on every quiz day. Your adjusted score = the percent of players you win against + one half of the percent of players you tie. For example, if your raw score beat 60% of players and tied with 20% -- your adjusted score would be 60+1/2*(20) = 70. Players in each division are then ranked by total adjusted score (the sum of all of their daily adjusted scores for the season).
Q: Isn't that unnecessarily complicated?
A: Perhaps, but here's my thinking: each day's adjusted scores will be on a standard scale of 0-100, with 50 being an average performance. So your daily score will be a direct reflection of how you did against the rest of your division on that day, and won't be affected by the difficulty of the question set or the number of players.
Q: How do I join?
A: Great question! Here's the link: