Testimonials

The quality of our work speaks for itself. Read the testimonials below for services we provide to see for yourself what others are saying!

Private Prep-Sharing

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Before joining the DebateDrills Dropbox, I was a lone wolf debater so I produced all my own prep. After joining the Dropbox, the amount of prep I had increased at least 3-4 fold. That opened up a lot of variability for each round based on the opponent and the judge. Before joining I was usually pinned into a sub-optimal strategy because I just didn’t have the prep to compete, which was no longer an issue once I joined the team.

 

PARKER WHITFILL
2017 TOC Champion
University of Chicago '21



I joined the DebateDrills Dropbox before my junior year. Before joining, my prep was always really disorganized. After joining the Dropbox, this changed immediately. This really helped me mentally going into rounds in terms of being prepared and confidently and materially in terms of having resources.

 

 MATT CHEN
2018 Lexington Invitational Champion
2018 Strake Jesuit Champion

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There is nothing comparable to the DebateDrills Dropbox anywhere else in the country. I honestly can’t imagine how my last year in debate would have gone without it. I can guarantee that if you join, it will be the single best decision you make in your debate career.

 

JONG HAK WON
2nd place 2017 Stanford Invitational
Georgetown ‘21



Without the DebateDrills Dropbox, I don’t think I would’ve ever dreamed of late elims at any bid tournaments. The support you get from not only the coaches but your team is unreal. As a lone wolf debater that didn’t really have a team, a dozen coaches, and an enormous amount of prep to count on, the DebateDrills Dropbox really helped me feel like I finally was a part of the debate community.

 

AISHA SHEIKH
2017 Harvard Invitational, 9th place
Boston University '21

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The best thing about the Dropbox was having a variety of prep and being able to learn from the other people on the Dropbox to run positions that you may not be as confident with. There was a lot of support at tournaments when the other members of the Dropbox were there. Also, the topic analysis meeting every two months were very helpful and made for very unique cases. The Dropbox requires that you put in a lot of work and you will only gain as much as you put in.

 

VICTOR LUO
Arcadia High School ’18



If you’re on the fence, you won’t be disappointed by the DebateDrills Dropbox. If there’s any aspect of debate that you think you can improve at personally, joining the Dropbox and working with DebateDrills is the key to do so.

 

ISHAN TIMALSINA
2015 Stanford Invitational Elimination Round Participant
UC San Diego '19

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Joining the DebateDrills Dropbox provided a team that I lacked at my actual school. Many small school debaters know this feeling: there are only one or maybe two people from the school contributing to circuit prep, and there is almost no motivation or guidance to constantly continue to prep. This team addressed that. Now with teammates across the country, I was not only exposed to arguments in my region but everywhere else, and felt like I belonged in the community. I would highly recommend joining if you have the opportunity to do so.

 

KIRK WU
2016 Loyola Elimination Rounds
Resting in Paradise 



The best part of the dropbox was the diversity of arguments and files I got from it. Each debater had their own skillset and they were absolutely willing to contribute their fair share of high quality files. This allowed me to get access to great philosophy blocks, kritiks, theory/T shells, and policy files.

 

JACK COYLE
2015 Berkeley Invitational - Reached Bid Round, 2-year circuit debater
UC Berkeley '19

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Private Drill Coaching

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Drilling with Paras is why I won the TOC. I never could have done it without him and the hundreds of hours of drills we did over the 2 years we worked together. I was a debater from Arizona with no established national circuit LD program, so I know first hand what it feels like to be on the outside looking in. As someone who came from a school without national circuit LD resources, I really can’t highly recommend enough, grabbing ahold of an opportunity to work with him or the instructor’s in the DebateDrills network if you are serious about improving at debate, no matter if you go to a 'big school' or 'small school'.
 
PARKER WHITFILL
2017 TOC Champion
University of Chicago '21


I did dozens, if not hundreds, of hours of drills with Paras on util, theory, and strategy. I think it’s pretty safe to say that anyone who has worked with Paras has noticed huge improvements in short periods of time. Anyone who wants to be competitive on the LD national circuit would be silly to waste an opportunity to work with someone who has a unique talent and knowledge base in teaching and working with debaters from all types of backgrounds.


KATHERINE FENNELL
2016 Byram Hills Round Robin Champion
UC Berkeley ’21

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I would definitely recommend doing drill sessions with Paras or any of the instructors in the DebateDrills network—it’s worth it no matter what skill level you’re at. They aregreat 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-pacedLD debate help you in all areas of life.

 

CHLOE BROWN
Qualified to Florida State as a Freshman
American Heritage High School ’19 



I worked with Paras from summer between my junior and senior year through most of my senior year. I honestly thought that I improved more in 5 hours of drills with Paras than I had at all the camps I had been to in previous summers combined.

 

NIRMAL BALACHUNDHAR
2017 Barklay Forum, 9th place
Northwestern ’21

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I consistently did drills with Paras for 3 years. I’d say one session that stuck out the most was practicing the 2NR on T-Any against Jack Wareham’s 1AR vs Ari Azbel at the 2017 Harvard Round Robin. The 1AR generated a ton of responses to T and the 2NR on T-Any had to deal with so much. But Paras helped me do the 2NR in so many ways – semantics, pragmatics, and all the time working on weighing and argument comparison. It was one of the best things I did because I remember having to perfect every aspect of that speech and because of those sessions, I feel so comfortable going for topicality against anyone I debate.

 


MATT CHEN
2018 Lexington Invitational Champion
2018 Strake Jesuit Champion



I began working with Paras during the summer of my freshman year, when I barely knew anything about debate. Despite how truly incompetent I was, Paras worked with me every week and took a personal investment in my success: week one we worked on organization, week two we talked about what the goal of every speech was and so on. No one was happier when I finally (miraculously) reached elimination rounds at a tournament than my coach Paras was.

 


PRANAV REDDY
2015 TOC Champion
UPenn '19

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Paras is, without a doubt, the best coach in debate. I drilled with Paras multiple times a week during the summer before my senior year and then intermittently throughout the rest of the year. There are a lot of things Paras didn't do for me: he never cut me a card, never wrote me a case, and never did my prep. Instead, Paras taught me critical thinking skills. He encouraged constant practice and drilled with me endlessly until I could hold my own in a debate round. In other words, you should hire Paras if you want to learn lasting debate skills.
 


BRENNAN CARUTHERS
2013 Cal RR Co-Champion
Northeastern '18



I started debate late, getting into national circuit debate essentially for the first time as a junior. I was in over my head, so I was just another run-of-the-mill local, traditional circuit nobody. But after having worked with Paras for only a few months, I had already earned a bid to the TOC. I chalk this, and eventually qualifying and performing well at TOC, totally up to Paras’s coaching. Paras is definitely one of the most knowledgeable people there is in debate, and he’s probably the best util debater there’s been in the last 10 years.

 


CONNOR DAVIS
2015 SWSDIT Champion
Michigan '19

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Summer Camps

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The main difference between DebateDrills’ and other debate camps is the focus on drills. DebateDrills’ camp was 75% drills while other camps I had attended were closer to 25%. Large debate camps simply don’t have the logistic capacity to drill with every student for multiple hours a day. There aren’t enough instructors to work for several hours a day with each kid individually.
 


PARKER WHITFILL
2017 TOC Champion
University of Chicago '21



I did dozens, if not hundreds, of hours of drills with Paras on util, theory, and strategy. I think it’s pretty safe to say that anyone who has worked with Paras has noticed huge improvements in short periods of time. Anyone who wants to be competitive on the LD national circuit would be silly to waste an opportunity to work with someone who has a unique talent and knowledge base in teaching and working with debaters from all types of backgrounds.
 


KIRK WU
2016 Loyola Elimination Round Participant
San Marino High School '17

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