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does anyone else get worried that they don't know enough about the world or will be in a situation where everyone is talking about something whether it be intellectual or just something in life and you won't be able to have an input. I started thinking about this when I was watching the University challenge. any recommendations on where/what to look/read/watch?
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does anyone else get worried that they don't know enough about the world or will be in a situation where everyone is talking about something whether it be intellectual or just something in life and you won't be able to have an input. I started thinking about this when I was watching the University challenge. any recommendations on where/what to look/read/watch?
For me, when applying for a scholarship at my school, we had to have a good knowledge of general knowledge and what’s going on in the world. Reading the news everyday was a massive help!
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A lot of the knowledge that University Challenge contestants have is acquired through either actually studying or reading about the subject of interest. For example, a lot of the science questions are actually either school level or slightly beyond school level, so a good knowledge of even things studied in school can get you decently far. Other things will be things you know from reading particular books/works or just having a general awareness of approximately when certain historical events occurred. And then there are a few things that are mainly got by learning lists of things, like elements of the periodic table, Shakespeare plays or Chinese dynasties but this is mostly done by contestants to make sure they know it in case it comes up.

So the general idea is just to find a few subjects that interest you and read about them. For being able to take part in general discussions, reading the news may also be a good idea.
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A lot of the knowledge that University Challenge contestants have is acquired through either actually studying or reading about the subject of interest. For example, a lot of the science questions are actually either school level or slightly beyond school level, so a good knowledge of even things studied in school can get you decently far. Other things will be things you know from reading particular books/works or just having a general awareness of approximately when certain historical events occurred. And then there are a few things that are mainly got by learning lists of things, like elements of the periodic table, Shakespeare plays or Chinese dynasties but this is mostly done by contestants to make sure they know it in case it comes up.

So the general idea is just to find a few subjects that interest you and read about them. For being able to take part in general discussions, reading the news may also be a good idea.
Thanks! I enjoy watching the news but do you have any book recommendations?
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QI they have really random topics
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I use the app Flipboard. It shows you news articles from lots of different sources. You can like stuff and then it shows you more similar stuff.
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Thanks! I enjoy watching the news but do you have any book recommendations?
It just depends on what subject areas you're interested in learning about.
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does anyone else get worried that they don't know enough about the world or will be in a situation where everyone is talking about something whether it be intellectual or just something in life and you won't be able to have an input. I started thinking about this when I was watching the University challenge. any recommendations on where/what to look/read/watch?
Watch planet earth
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if you ever have a thought or a question just Google it, research the **** out of it until you feel satisfied.

like that's why so many ppl just have random knowledge on stuff
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