"DebateDrills provided a platform for Jason to interact and learn with top debaters in the country, forming a strong bond with each other. Jason felt fully supported at tournaments. Words can not express my gratitude and appreciation to DebateDrills for teaching Jason all these years - I have no hesitations recommending DebateDrills to anyone who desires top notch debate training."
Jenny Chan DebateDrills Parent
"Drilling with coaches and practicing with the other members made for a great and effective orientation to the wide and scary world of circuit debate."
Mark McDermott DebateDrills Student
"Jackson grew tremendously as a debater because of the ongoing support from Debate Drills. I highly recommend DebateDrills to parents looking to have their children improve their debating skills and success."
Kati Hanna DebateDrills Parent
"We found that DebateDrills was invaluable for Asher. Asher went to a high school that did not have a robust debate program to prep and debate at the levels of his peers from more established schools. DebateDrills helped Asher build a sense of team and community that otherwise wouldn’t have existed."
Grace Towner DebateDrills Parent
Courses range from introductory level explorations of public speaking, critical thinking, and logic to advanced explorations of debate strategy and theory. Offerings vary in length and pricing.
Interested in Custom offerings for your school team? We have worked with many schools over the years and are able to create a coaching program for your team. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work to create a custom offering for your program.
Fall Classes ($995)
Our fall classes meet on Sunday late afternoons September through November for 2 hours weekly with 1 hour supplementary office hours during the week. Students are led through our structured curriculum and walk away from the program with a strong foundation to succeed during the season.
Paras received a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also a PhD student in Science Communication. In December 2018, Paras stepped away from his PhD at UC Berkeley to focus on DebateDrills full-time. Paras is one of the most successful Speech and Debate coaches in the competitive K-12 debate history, having personally delivered several thousand hours of 1:1 tutoring to hundreds of students of all ages, backgrounds and debate events across the world. Paras founded DebateDrills and currently oversees all aspects of it's day-to-day workflows, including Classes. By the age of 24, Paras became the first and only coach in the history of Lincoln-Douglas (LD) Debate to coach three consecutive students (2017-2019) to the Championship Debate at the annual National Championships: the Tournament of Champions (TOC).
Cameron received a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. in Philosophy from UCLA. He clerked on the Ninth Circuit Appellate Court and worked at the law firm O’Melveny & Myers. As an attorney, he represented clients in high-stakes, high-profile civil litigation. As a debate competitor, Cameron had won numerous tournaments and speaker awards in both high school LD debate and college Parliamentary (NPDA) debate. In college, he coached powerhouse teams, winners of national championships, and debate luminaries. Cameron’s passion for debate never died, and so he eventually left law to return to Speech and Debate. Cameron is a core member of DebateDrills and principally architects the Traditional Debate curriculum and class instruction. Cameron leverages his extensive experience in law—the world of applied debate—to teach students advanced persuasion, critical thinking, and analysis.
Why Take Online Debate Courses with DebateDrills?
Strict 8:1 Student to Teacher Ratio
Classes are capped at a 8:1 ratio of students to teachers. We are committed to providing individualized attention and having each student give speeches in every class they attend.
Learn From the Best
We pick our instructors very carefully and work hard to ensure a professional, high-quality learning experience. Our instructors have all graduated or currently attend prestigious colleges, were top debaters as competitors, and come to DebateDrills with prior teaching experience.
Personalized Family Feedback Calls
Each family has an individualized, live check-in call with our staff to discuss student progress and places for future improvement.
Weekly Office Hours
We hold open Office Hours weekly. In these sessions, we synthesize all the preparation the team has, discuss strategy vs. common positions, and answer any questions the student has.
College Application Guidance
Three times per year, Paras (Berkeley PhD), Cameron (Yale Law), Raffi (Fulbright Scholar) and Prashant (Columbia Law) provide a 2 hour seminar for DebateDrills families focused on college admissions. We discuss how to leverage debate for applications, provide tips and tricks for essay writing, cover resume crafting, and much more. We’ve attended the most prestigious undergraduate and graduate programs in the world, and we help our students do the same.
Tournament Registration Guidance
We offer extensive, unparalleled support to families to help source and register their children for tournaments year-round. We have helped 300+ families attend over 2000+ tournaments over the past 5 years.
In-House Library of Resources
Our in-house Video Library contains over 500 hours of do-it-yourself resources, spanning Lectures, Round Analyses, Rebuttal Redo Packets, and Tutoring Lesson Plans. All students get unlimited access to these resources for the duration of their time in our classes program.
Structured Learning Curriculum
Our curriculum is structured and designed from the lessons we have learned after providing 10,000+ hours of online debate coaching, numerous national champions, state champions, and tournament wins. We constantly iterate our pedagogy to ensure students learn efficiently and focus on the skills that produce champion debaters.
All of our coaching staff were high-performing middle and high students themselves and understand first-hand the rigors involved in being a successful debater while balancing schoolwork and other extracurriculars. We are constantly available to help mentor students through the inevitable ups and downs that accompany competitive debate.
Flexible Class Schedules
We offer 1 week, 4 week, 8 week, and 11 week courses throughout the year, ranging from evening classes during the weekdays to afternoon classes during the weekends. Our schedule is designed to give you the ability to make debate work around your child's busy schedule.
Can I sign up for multiple courses?
What if I can't make it to class one day?
That’s not a problem! We provide video recordings of every class and check in with students that miss class to ensure they are on track to catch up.
What if I want to stop attending a course halfway through?
Depending on the nature of your concern, we will work with you to find the most strategic solution. We have a strong reputation of being excellent service providers and are confident you will love your experience with us.
Will classes have homework?
Yes! Homework will be calibrated to each students’ bandwidth to ensure flexibility but also encourage maximal growth.
I feel like a class I am interested in might be too easy or hard for me - can I discuss further?
Absolutely! Please contact us and we will help you assess what our best offering is for your unique needs.