BlOG SURF: Booster

Debate teams are making a comeback in schools these days. It is a great activity to have on a transcript for college applications. Participating in debate can build confidence builder and prepare a student for many aspects of college. You learn how to research topics, how to marshal arguments, and present them in a coherent fashion. Being on the debate team can improve research, vocabulary, note taking, and writing skills.

The first step to prepare for a debate is research. Developing research skills to prepare for a debate can also be a great tool for college preparation. In order to form your arguments and be prepared to argue your side, you will need to research both sides of the issue. Thorough research is essential to preparing for a debate. You should read everything you can find on a topic and keep careful notes on both the pro and con sides of the issue. Take special note of any particularly effective argument for either side. —