FAQ

Where and when do you meet?

Our weekly meetings are held on Wednesdays at 5 pm, in the university's L-building room L206a or L346. (The event on the facebook page will have the correct room number).

What happens at a debate meeting?

Generally, first we have a discussion or an exercise that is related to some aspect of debating. Next we have the actual debate and a brief discussion. After that we’ll head to the pub to get something to eat or to drink, to continue the discussion, to talk about something else entirely and simply to have fun.

What do you usually debate about?

All kinds of things! Our topics (called motions in debate slang) vary from serious ones to lighter ones. We usually have a few options where you can choose from by voting. We do our best to pick motions from different subjects and fields, although no prior expertise is needed to be able to debate any of our motions. If you would like to suggest a motion, please send an e-mail to mail[at]jds.fi or on Facebook and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

Do I have to prepare for meetings beforehand?

No, we prepare for the debates at the meeting, so all you need to do is to show up with a pen and some paper for note-taking.

Do I have to come to the meetings every week?

No, simply show up whenever you can. Of course, the more often you debate, the better you get.

What language do you usually debate in?

All our weekly debates and socials are held in English.

What if I have no previous experience in debating?

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never debated before – the way we debate is quite simple and you’re bound to learn the ropes soon. We are always happy to see new faces at our meetings, so simply come by and see what it’s all about!

What if I’m feeling nervous / insecure?

It’s natural to feel nervous when speaking in front of other people, especially in the beginning. Indeed, you can be sure that every debater in the room has felt nervous or insecure every now and then. Just keep in mind that the main purpose is to have fun and that nobody expects you to be perfect. Also, participating in debates is always voluntary, so whenever you feel like it, you can simply sit back and watch.

What if my English is not perfect?

It doesn't matter if you're English is not all that fluent yet. What matters in a debate is the quality of your arguments, not your language skills. (And if you're worried about your English skills, debating is a really good way for developing them.)

I have a question that is not covered here, what do I do?

Feel free to e-mail us at jyvaskyladebatesociety [at] gmail.com, and we’ll get back to you soon.