while various sides in the debate need to be fully understood — as you are shaping your argument be sure to emphasize your claim rather than disjointly stating both sides without weaving it all together into a coherent deliberation. the battle for focus is not won once but is renewed again and again. i’ve found that getting started is a great part of the battle, then concentration naturally ensues, taking one’s mind off of other cares for a space. –k. weaver
as how my professor puts it. this should be immortalized.