What is theory?!
What is a PIC? How is a PIC different than a regular Counterplan?
How does one improve at theory? Read this advice and comment below on your own techniques!
“What is an a priori anyway?” Noah Simon asks and answers the basic definitional question while presenting a nuanced distinction between two types of a prioris. His distinction provides insight into how debaters and theorists should approach a prioris moving forward.
Debating without strong team, school, and/or administrative support is often a huge hindrance to success. Furthermore, working to satisfy the requirements of schools administrators, tournament directors, and parents without such support can be extremely difficult. For those organizing their own […]
Effective Communication in Debate Rounds by Adam Tomasi Introduction Debate is, at its core, a communicative activity. As such, debaters should understand what it takes to be an effective communicator. Consider the following analogy for effective communication: Suppose you’re passing a […]
Learn how to maximize your research efficiency while finding just the argument you need with search operators.
In every writing class or public speaking class, students learn to provide introductory statements that lay out their thesis and the organization of their main points. This is not just for convention’s sake. It’s important to prepare the audience and let them know where you’re headed so they see that your body of evidence proves a larger argument. So why don’t more debaters give good overviews?
Not everyone has the personnel and the coaching to have the “ideal” practice, but hopefully this framework can be useful even on a small scale of just two LDers in a room with three hours on their hands.
Concept Sometimes you’ll hear a suspicious-sounding word in Scrabble where you’re not quite sure if it’s a real word. You can initiate a “challenge,” which is more or less an accusation that your opponent has cheated by using a word […]