American Heritage High School ’19
Qualified to Florida States as a Freshman
I started off as a novice, so my first drill session with Paras was very memorable. I knew what theory was but I had never responded to it and the most I had done was write a very simple shell. Paras had me respond to an AFC good shell and after my attempt, explained the ins and outs of the shell and had me do a redo next time. My redos after our session eventually improved so that my first attempts became much better. Another memorable session was when we went through a Death Drive K I had lost to and I responded to it piece by piece. I think that that session really showed the improvement I had gone through with Paras.
Paras explains concepts thoroughly and then instead of easing you into using it, he forces you to think on your feet and start right away. With theory and other types of arguments, some of which I had never seen before, Paras first had me try to attack the arguments before explaining more strategic ways of doing so that I might not have thought of. This method really helps to foster on the spot thinking and also allows students to improve exponentially, as I saw from personal experience.
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 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.