What Sets Us Apart

Why DebateDrills? Because we are obsessed with debate. We eat, breathe, sleep debate. We’ve spent significant time thinking about strategy and content to better convey our expertise in easy to understand, digestible methods. We have dominated the competitive results in the four years since our founding - our students regularly are championing huge tournaments and round robins, and they all have their unique styles. We have a proven track record of helping you excel in the types of debates that you want to pursue.
 
The results speak for themselves. Every year, the best debaters from all over the United States ask us to help them hone their strategies and expand their skillsets. We are subject matter experts in all-things competitive debate, and we are excited to continue pushing the boundaries of innovation and argumentation in competitive academic debate.
 
Every staff member on DebateDrills is connected by a mutual love for the game of debate. At heart, we are giant nerds who love to think and talk about the optimal strategies and approaches to excelling at competitive academic debate. We strive to share our love for debate with every student we work with while helping them achieve their goals.
 

Background

I started DebateDrills to provide the type of elite, technical coaching I wish I had access to as a high schooler competing in Lincoln-Douglas debate at Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, California from 2007-2011. As an independent debater without formal coaching, I often felt like my peers had more access to elite resources than I did and that I was on the outside looking in. 
 
Excelling at competitive debate is difficult but rewarding. High school students are expected to devote hundreds, if not thousands, of hours every year researching, writing, and practicing to stand a chance against their peers at the most prestigious tournaments in the country. The sheer time commitment and steep learning curve makes the barrier to entry to competitive debate extremely high, and this is where elite, targeted, private coaching makes the difference.
 
Elite coaching helps students understand what they don’t know and need to learn and to efficiently sort out what is important and what is not. Elite coaches help students work smarter and cut the amount of time they need to invest to achieve success. Every one of our coaches have a proven track record of helping students become more effective and successful learners and competitors. I, along with every single coach on my staff, will coach you the way I wish I was coached when I was a student.

 

Paras Kumar | Founder, DebateDrills
 

Notable Students

We have worked extensively with over 200 students in our tenure as coaches. It’s not by accident that the best debaters in the country consistently approach us to tutor them and ask to join our private-prep sharing team. Regardless of what “style” of debate you excel in, we will help you execute it better. We will challenge you to be more technical, think deeper, and fill in the holes in your research and strategy. The results speak for themselves - we have worked extensively with students who have achieved success at the highest levels of competitive debate in the United States. Examples include:

  • Regan Grishaber (2012 TOC Semifinalist)
  • Jacob Pritt (2012 TOC Top Speaker)
  • Brennan Caruthers (2013 UC Berkeley RR Champion)
  • Jackson Lallas (2015 TOC Quarterfinalist) 
  • Katherine Fennell (2016 Glenbrooks Semifinalist)
  • Jong Hak Won (2017 Stanford Finalist)
  • Parker Whitfill (2017 TOC Champion)
  • Muhammed Khattak (2017 Valley Invitational Champion)
  • Ari Azbel (2017 Bronx Invitational Champion)
  • Matthew Chen (2018 Texas State Champion)
  • Anthony Ma (2018 California State Champion) 
  • Eric Deng (2017 TOC Octofinalist)
  • Rex Evans (2018 TOC Finalist in 10th grade)
  • Ishan Bhatt (2018 Glenbrooks Champion)

What are you waiting for?