[Author’s note: For competitive debaters and coaches, even though this article does not specifically address debate, I write it for you in application of Isaiah’s thoughts here. While we may be tempted to think that debaters are well-informed, debaters far too often... I always tell my debate students that you should absolutely ask your judge at the beginning of the debate round to tell you a little bit about their background, experience, and/or expectations. But sometimes, a judge’s judging philosophy may leave you more confused... My Christmas break from college always comes with at least a few requests from students wanting help with debate before the upcoming January qualifier season, which I enjoy obliging. As I’m nearing my 5th year of coaching debate, I realized this Christmas that I... Picture us both holding a mug of tea, sitting on a comfy couch, and having a nice chat about your fears and insecurities. You share with me—as many, many students have—that “judges are out to get me: they just hate me for no reason.” Then picture me, ever so kindly,...Take a moment to hear 4 tips for speech memorization from a national champ. Even if you’ve been memorizing your speeches for years, you may be surprised to learn you could do it much faster! And debaters, this works for 1ACs too!