Whether you are a novice looking to learn the basics of academic debate or a top competitor in contention to champion major tournaments, our track record of helping debaters rapidly improve is unparalleled. DebateDrills has helped over 150 debaters win countless tournaments, including local, national, and international competitions. We have completed 2500+ hours of 1 on 1 tutoring using proven teaching methods and in-house materials.
“I honestly thought that I improved more in 5 hours of tutoring than I had at all the debate camps I had been to in previous summers (combined).”
- Nirmal Balachundar | 9th Place, 2017 Varsity Harvard Invitational | Northwestern University Class of 2021
Every DebateDrills instructor has been trained by the company’s founder, Paras Kumar, who has established himself as one of the most successful coaches in the history of competitive debate. He has extensively worked 1-on-1 with 250+ students from every background, format, skillset and region. Every DebateDrills Instructor is a successful former debater and checks in quarterly with Paras about their performance.
“I personally found myself making leaps within single sessions.”
- Ishan Timalsena | B.S., University of California, San Diego
Debate education is most effective when it’s iterative and consistent. If you are training to be an Olympic athlete, you don’t train only when it is convenient. Similarly, the benefits from participating in academic debate are impactful only when students and instructors are dedicated to excellence, have the time to build strong argumentative bases, and develop skill-sets over time. Accordingly, we offer subscription based tutoring to students who want to improve at academic debate.
“I had already had a very successful debate season, but was astounded by how much I learned in 3 short months. I wish I had started working with DebateDrills earlier.”
- Jackson Lallas | B.S. Stanford | 2014 Glenbrooks Finalist, 2015 TOC Quarterfinalist
Debate education too often focuses on content and lectures instead of implementation. Our approach is the opposite. We rarely lecture and prefer free flowing conversations where students feel free to speak their mind and be equal participants in the conversation. This creates rapport between instructor and student and also ensures students feel comfortable making mistakes in the sessions, allowing faster progress. As trends evolve, so does strategy, and good coaches must adapt to the game. We pride ourselves on staying ahead of the curve and students consistently approach us because of how effective our teaching techniques are. Read our testimonials to see for yourself.
Our approach to tutoring is uniquely individualized and detailed. We initially assess and determine each students’ weaknesses while onboarding them into our program. We help decide the best tutor, and work with our tutors to create custom lesson plans using our in-house teaching philosophy and methods. We use a professional suite of software to provide seamless and effective online education that allows for flexible learning and scheduling. Click below to view our offering in more detail:
"What really sets Paras apart is his proven methods of teaching. I improved more than I ever did at camp and a year’s worth of tournaments working with Paras for a week."
"I personally found myself making leaps within single sessions."
"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."
Berkeley University | Class of 2021
New York State Champion, 3rd at Glenbrooks, 5th at Harvard
"I would definitely recommend doing drill sessions with any of the instructors in the Debatedrills network—it’s worth it no matter what skill level you’re at. "
"Paras changed my debate career. We drilled together the summer leading into my senior year, and the results speak for themselves."
Northeastern University | Class of 2017
Cal Round Robin Champion, Berkeley Quarterfinalist
"I had already had a very successful debate season, but was astounded by how much he taught me in 3 short months. I wish I had started working with him earlier."
Stanford University | Class of 2019
Glenbrooks Finalist, TOC Quarterfinalist
"No one was happier when I finally reached elimination rounds at a tournament than my coach Paras was"
UPenn | Class of 2019
TOC Champion, Glenbrooks Champion, Berkeley Champion
We do not offer single, one-off tutoring sessions. We use a subscription tier model to ensure students are getting the most impactful debate education.
*Applications open in March of every year for the following season.
All our instructors go through training and we regularly track instructor performance and growth. Accordingly, we tier our instructors based on 3 levels of experience to inform pricing:
*Due to high volume and demand, expert tutors do not offer discounts.
DebateDrills Instructors are classified into tiers of experience which informs their rates.
Click on any of the profiles below to learn in depth about each Instructors debate resume!
Still have questions?
Getting started is simple. Fill out the application and pick the instructor you are most interested in working with! We will get in touch with you shortly with our decision and to discuss any questions you may have.
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