Researching Effective Analysis for Competitive Debate

Building up your Debating Foundation for Future Success
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Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (16 ratings)
1,169 students
1hr 13min of on-demand video
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Debate-Relevant Matter Prep
Debate Strategy
Argumentative Nuance
Case Structure


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What can I expect?

This course focuses on the core skills of debate that tend to be taken for granted or not seen as terribly important, but can be critical to making sure a beginner knows how to improve. In essence, this is a course for anyone who feels 'stuck' in terms of debating, and offers a large variety of different prep methods and knowledge sources. This is a course for anyone who wishes to improve at debating, but doesn't know how to.

What's the point of this class?

In my time spent debating, I've been taught a lot about the more glamorous aspects of debate, but much less so about the less 'interesting' aspects, so to speak. Somewhat confusing, given that it's literally impossible give a good argument if you don't have any information or ideas to base it off of, or if you don't know what the motion's about, or if you don't understand the main themes being debated fully . . . just to name a few.

Not all aspects of improving as a debater can be accomplished through what you do in a class - the improvement you do outside of class is just as important, but is barely stressed and never taught. There's also the stuff you're expected to learn (such as prep methods and learning debate-related knowledge) that tends to be a bit of an afterthought in class, but makes debaters unable to build a strong foundation to improve off of.

What will I have learned by the end of this class?

Since classes tend to not work in this type of material, I've made this side class to answer a bunch of questions newer debaters probably have but have been too embarrassed to ask (like what even is nuance?) By the end of this course, you'll have grooved what typically are seen as debating basics, and will be in a much better position for future debates.

Who this course is for:

  • Improvement-Oriented Competitive Debaters
  • Beginner to Intermediate Level Debaters
  • Competitive Debaters who have 'plateaued' or feel stuck
  • Individuals who are thinking of getting into competitive debating


Debate Coach
Andrew Bao
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 16 Reviews
  • 1,169 Students
  • 1 Course

Hey there! My name's Andrew Bao, and I teach and coach (mostly beginner, but sometimes experienced) debaters to help them with improving their debating ability, and have been for a year now. In that time, I've been able to work with kids from all over the world, mostly through volunteer teaching for an online debate startup. If you have any questions for me regarding my module, feel free to reach out!

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