Whether you are a novice looking to learn the basics of academic debate or a top competitor in contention to champion prestigious tournaments, our track record of helping debaters rapidly improve is unparalleled. DebateDrills Tutors have helped over 150 debaters win countless tournaments, including local, national, and international competitions. We have completed 3500+ hours of 1-on-1 tutoring using proven teaching methods and in-house materials.
“I honestly thought that I improved more in 5 hours of tutoring than I had at all the debate camps I had been to in previous summers (combined).”
- Nirmal Balachundar | B.S. Northwestern University | 9th Place, 2017 Varsity Harvard Invitational
Every DebateDrills Tutor has been trained and checks in quarterly with the company’s founder, Paras Kumar, who is one of the most successful coaches in the history of competitive debate. He has extensively worked 1-on-1 with 300+ students from every background, format, skillset and region.
“I personally found myself making leaps within single sessions.”
- Ishan Timalsena | B.S. University of California, San Diego
Debate education is most effective when it’s iterative and consistent. If you are training to be an Olympic athlete, you don’t train only when it is convenient. Similarly, the benefits from participating in academic debate are most impactful when students and instructors have the time to build strong argumentative bases and develop skill-sets over time. Accordingly, we offer subscription based tutoring to students interested in improving at academic debate.
“I had already had a very successful debate season, but was astounded by how much I learned in 3 short months. I wish I had started working with DebateDrills earlier.”
- Jackson Lallas | B.S. Stanford | 2014 Glenbrooks Finalist, 2015 TOC Quarterfinalist
Debate education too often focuses on content and lectures instead of implementation. Our approach is the opposite. We rarely lecture and prefer free flowing conversations where students feel free to speak their mind and be equal participants in the conversation. This creates trust between student and instructor and ensures students feel comfortable making mistakes in the sessions, allowing faster progress. As trends evolve, so does strategy, and elite coaches must adapt to the game. We pride ourselves on staying ahead of the curve and students consistently approach us because of how effective our teaching techniques are. Read our testimonials to see for yourself.
Our approach to tutoring is uniquely individualized and detailed. We initially assess and determine each students’ weaknesses while onboarding them into our program. We help decide the best tutor, and work with our tutors to create custom lesson plans using our in-house teaching philosophy and methods. We use a professional suite of software to provide seamless and effective online education that allows for flexible learning and scheduling. Click below to view our offering in more detail:
"As someone who came from a school without extensive competitive debate resources, I really can’t highly recommend enough grabbing ahold of an opportunity to tutor with instructor’s in the DebateDrills Network if you are serious about improving."
"DebateDrills has mastered well-thought out and effective simulations of real debates, creating the perfect storm for improvement. Anyone serious about improving will find an extremely useful setting to analyze, practice, reflect and prepare. I really wish I had found them earlier in my career."
"I would definitely recommend tutoring with the instructors in the DebateDrills network—it’s worth it no matter what skill level you’re at. They are great at building upon skills or helping you develop new ones. Even if you’re like me and no longer have much time for debate, the lessons you learn especially from the fast-paced LD debate help you in all areas of life."
Chloe Brown | Columbia University, Class of 2022
"Tutoring with DebateDrills was incredibly helpful because they are perfectionists in a lot of ways. The instructors want to see speeches that leave no doors open for opponents but also are as efficient as possible. At first that standard was frustratingly hard to meet but eventually I began to expect it of myself when I debated too."
Matthew Chen | 2018 Texas State Debate Champion | University of Chicago, Class of 2022
"I would 10/10 recommend tutoring with DebateDrills to any debater no matter the skill level. They are able to teach extremely well no matter what your current debate level is and will contextualize instruction to suit your needs. They are world class debaters and coaches, and being able to pick their brains for ideas, arguments, and strategy for 4 years made me the debater I am. There’s nothing quite like it."
Anthony Ma | 2017 California State Champion | Colombia University, Class of 2022
"Paras changed my debate career. We tutored together the summer leading into my senior year, and the results speak for themselves."
Northeastern University | Class of 2017
Cal Round Robin Champion, 5th Place, 2013 UC Berkeley Invitaitonal
I strongly recommend tutoring with the DebateDrills instructors. They all have tremendous knowledge in the areas that they specialize in, which allows for higher quality tutoring than any other instructors I had worked with in the past. The fact that they devote a majority of time to intensive drills and very little time towards lecturing, and instead choose to teach by drilling, makes for a much more efficient learning experience and has helped me improve leaps and bounds in a very short period of time.
Arnav Garg | Saratoga High School, Class of 2023
We use a subscription tier model to ensure students are getting the most impactful debate education.
*Applications open in March of every year for the following season.
All our instructors go through training and we regularly track instructor performance and growth. Accordingly, we tier our instructors based on 3 levels of experience to inform pricing:
*Due to high volume and demand, expert tutors do not offer discounts.
DebateDrills Instructors are classified into tiers of experience which informs their rates.
Click on any of the profiles below to learn in depth about each Instructors debate resume!
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Getting started is simple. Fill out the application and pick the instructor you are most interested in working with! We will get in touch with you shortly with our decision and to discuss any questions you may have.
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