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Sometimes it feels as if there is too much evidence the other side reads and nuanced positions they take, and it gets too hard to read through all of it, indict the parts we can indict, and not just resort to prewritten blocks. For example, a 1ar can extend 2ac arguments on a disad without really addressing answers to that argument, or without comparing warrants and evidence quality, etc., or we debate case, but don't answer the aff's answer to case answers, etc.


How can we process more information using less prep time? I'm looking for things like flowing methods that capture the nuance of the other side's argument but also don't waste time writing stuff down, or ways to write down answers to argument that allow for sufficient articulation but don't take a long to time to prepare, or drills.





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1) "Things don't get easier; you get better." Practice is the most important part.


2) Try flowing a speech of an online video, and then give yourself a 5 minute timer to write down answers to each argument. Then progressively give yourself less time until you feel comfortable flowing arguments and responses at the same time.


3) Develop "types of response." Pick 2-3 for each line-by-line argument. Examples:

-Evidence outdated

-Author less qualified

-Uses logical fallacy

-Doesn't assume our warrant

-Unhighlighted portion disagrees

-No warrant


et cetera.


4) Think about time trade-off. Compare the time you'd spend answering a lot of little arguments to the advantage of conceding on an argument and going for one they covered less.


5) Group arguments and use "even-if". "They made several arguments against our link - none of them are warranted and even if they were, they don't assume our warrant that [X]."

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