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Debate Coach Looking For Summer Students

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Ilya Gaidarov
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Del Mar / All Of Sd
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As a recent high school graduate (attending Stanford University in the fall), Iíve spent 4 years being heavily involved in Lincoln Douglas debate.

* A NOTE FOR ALL GRADE SCHOOL STUDENTS CURRENTLY NOT IN DEBATE (AND ANY OTHER NON-DEBATERS): I have no doubt that success in debate provided a very strong aspect of my college application; however, the real value of the activity lies in its development of students' critical thought and presentation skills. Aside from building excellent public speaking foundations, debate will teach students to deconstruct any argument, research any online or print database, and provide a background in persuasion that will bolster students' success in any academic or extracurricular pursuit they may find themselves on in life -- all long-term, exponentially fruitful benefits. I highly recommend Lincoln Douglas debate in particular to any grade school or high school student (and even high school graduates interested in the activity), and am more than ready to provide a balanced, intensive coaching experience to jump-start your debate careers.


After attending a number of debate seminars over the last few summers and being the captain of a high school debate team, I've found (both as a student and captain) that the most meaningful learning I had came through one-on-one interaction with those experienced in the activity. I want to offer my experience and knowledge of the activity to anyone eager to learn. Debate is a fantastic activity that extensively develops the skills that lead individuals to success in any life pursuit (I elaborated more on this in the *Note above).

My qualifications:

-Ranked Nationally among the Top Ten Lincoln Douglas Debaters in qualification to the 2010 National Tournament of Champions (Tournament for the ~ 70 top debaters in the nation); was the only junior in CA to qualify in 2009. Acquired 8 career qualifying legs.

-Champion of the Alta Silver and Black National Invitational Tournament ('08; 2nd place in '09) and the Jack Howe Memorial Tournament at CSU Long Beach ('08)

-Late elimination rounds at local and national circuit tournaments, including 3rd place at the Stanford National Invitational Tournament ('10) and 3rd place at the Berkeley National Invitational Tournament ('10)

-Extensive leadership experience as Captain of high school's debate team, including team-wide lectures, small-group drills, and one-on-one skill building and discussion.

I'm eager to teach anyone, from those just gaining an interest in the activity to novices to varsity members wishing to go to the next level in both understanding and execution of debate. I was a very competitive debater, so I'm ready to work with current debaters to bring them to a nationally competitive level.

TECHNICAL SKILLS THAT I COVER (For non-debaters, these are all key aspects of engaging debate on a technical level; the names, unfortunately, are mostly jargon): basic argument creation/deconstruction, case construction, standards debate (including deep philosophical analysis, metaethics, etc.), frameworking, making/dealing with overviews/underviews/off-cases, creating plans/disadvantages/counterplans and responding to them, understanding kritiks and critical/discursive positions, creating and addressing skepticism and aprioris, spreading and dealing with the spread, Theory debate, and many others (I can clarify any questions via email).

For those looking for more NON-TECHNICAL SKILLS: presentation, vocal projection, word economy, pathological appeal, perceptual dominance, increasing confidence in speaking, and many others.

My schedule is very flexible. I can provide anything from intensive multi-week daily sessions to more spread-out practices, overviews of all aspects of debate to a focus on particular areas; just let me know what you're interested in and we can work something out.

Rate is negotiable (depending on the intensiveness of the schedule, the duration of instruction, etc.)

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