Writing Lightning Rounds

Lightning rounds are relatively new to LifeSmarts, featured at state varsity and national tournaments. Each Lightning Round consists of ten short open-ended questions that are answered in a rapid fire session:

Click here to watch a Lightning Round played in real-time:


Hints for writing Lightning Rounds

– Use the Lightning Round Template when submitting Lightning Rounds.

– Follow the general guidelines for writing LifeSmarts questions. Remember: we’re looking for questions that high school students can answer in less than ten seconds.

– Lightning rounds should start with shorter answers (that can come from memory quickly) and may progress to more thought-provoking questions (provided they can still be answered quickly).

– Questions should be loosely connected to a similar topic, but may vary in difficulty. Examples of lightning round topics include:

“Renting An Apartment”

“Ecology Terms”

“Appropriate Food Serving Sizes”

“Shopping Skills”

“Financial Cybersecurity”.

You may search through the subtopics to help provide some guidance.