With his pride firmly on the line, Issa Schultz strives to learn something new every day in an effort to stay ahead of The Chase
The Chase’s “Supernerd” Issa Schultz wasn’t all that excited about his moniker when he joined the quiz show as one if its trivia titans.
However, after several months in the high chair, he’s more than comfortable with his onscreen name and, even more so, sending contestants home empty-handed.
He says learning the basic questions is as important as the left-field ones on the popular Seven Network series hosted by Andrew O’Keefe.
“Every day I try to learn. I pick an area I am weak in and try and improve it. It sounds like an exaggeration but it’s true,” Schultz says.
“Even the basic questions, because they can come up in
The Chase and if you don’t know you can be sure the contestant will.”
His outfit normally means wearing a bow tie and a sweater and he says; “when they first showed me I wasn’t that keen, but it works”.
He was recruited after taking home more than $200,000 on another O’Keefehosted series, The Rich List.
In some respects, the stakes are a lot higher for Schultz because he has pride on the line and doesn’t want to be the weakest of the five trivia brains as the series returns this week.
Joining the original four chasers, The Governess (Anne Hegerty), Schultz, Goliath (Matt Parkinson) and The Shark (Brydon Coverdale), is UK chaser The Beast (Mark Labbatt).
When Schulz is not recording an episode, he’s learning, and refreshing, his trivia knowledge.
“At my banking job, I write little tid-bits, whether it’s the real name of a person, or a little fact on post-it notes and stick them round my monitor.”
He even used to buy Trivial Pursuit to test his recall and find out what he didn’t know.
“I would read every question on the card. I may do all the geography questions and if I didn’t know the answer, I’d put the card aside. It was speed learning,” he says.
“You’d be surprised, once you have read thousands of questions, what you get out of it. Might I add, Trivial Pursuit is not the best resource in the world. They do get some wrong.”
THE SUPERNERD TIPS ON HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR TRIVIA KNOWLEDGE:
Regularly attend trivia nights Focus on topics you enjoy Read plenty of quiz books Self-test or get a friend or partner to ask questions
Complete newspaper quizzes and write down what you didn’t know Obtain up-to-date quiz books Sports records are hard because they are set weekly
Do memory training games to improve your recall ability
Use post-it notes around desk at work
Break down subjects, eg: learn a decade at a time
Remember quizzing is an infinite hobby but the same questions do come up The Chase airs weeknights on the Seven Network at 5pm
Issa Schultz returns in the new series of The Chase this week.