dailygrind wrote:wise words. what do you think the minimum preparation time is that i can put in and safely pass? i'm kind of thinking my prep will consist of work done the morning of. might be convinced to do a little work the night before, too, though.
My sole preparation was two hours the morning of, and I did fine. A couple people I know did only about thirty minutes of preparation the morning of and were criticized by the judges but still passed without any problems. I've never heard of anyone failing. So I'd recommend an hour or two the morning of, and that's it. Basically I divided my topic into three issues, then wrote out an introduction of a couple sentences for each issue (plus a couple sentences to begin my argument), and then I made a list of bullet points for each issue to cover in succession. It was more than enough.