After joining the team, I really learned the fundamentals of debate that I was never taught before.

Nelly Segimoto

 

Before joining the DebateDrills Squad, prepping for a topic was confusing. It took forever to just think about what argument I wanted to make, and then half way through I’d realize something didn’t work. During tournaments I spent more time talking to my friends then prepping because nobody around me was prepping either.

After joining the team, I really learned the fundamentals of debate that I was never taught before. I learned simple things like how you don’t have to defend the whole resolution every time, or how to respond to a kritik. As a result of joining the team, I actually got out of my comfort zone and wasn’t reading the same position in every debate. 

A major benefit of being part of the DebateDrills Squad is having teammates.  If you don’t understand something, there are so many highly qualified coaches and debaters that you can ask who actually want to help. There is never really a time where anybody on the team cannot answer a question thoroughly. Additionally, there are no other debaters at my school so being on the Squad was the only way I could get to have practice rounds or people to prep with. Also, everyone on the team is good at something different, so you’re really exposed to all different types of debate and you can learn what you’re most interested in.

Joining DebateDrills is probably the thing that has helped me most so far in high school debate. If you want to improve at anything debate wise, joining the team will definitely help you do so.