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I have a lot of trouble keeping focus while I'm supposed to prep. This includes writing answers to arguments on my flow while a speech is being given, using prep time effectively, or reading evidence from the other side.


For example, I know that as a 1N I should spend a lot of time during the 2NC to read the opponent's evidence and come up with some really devastating arguments, but oftentimes with my partner loudly spreading in the background I simply can't keep my thoughts straight. Does anyone have any advice for remedying this?


For context, I'm a third year debater and this has been happening for a while.

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Honestly it takes practice, your mind naturally can only focus on one thing at a time, you just have to practice tuning sounds out.

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