Struggling to translate ideas into something that works? Argue to Think offers an effective answer to a perennial problem.
Lacking confidence? Uncertain of your approach? We will show you how to work through obstacles to allow you to develop an assertive and assured solution.
We will help you unlock your potential by showing you how to think more creatively and critically.
The ability to write convincing argument is a fundamental and essential element of academic and corporate success.
Dani is an experienced teacher who has a thorough understanding of the classroom environment at every level. Her teaching experience has led to a keen awareness of the difficulties people have in expressing what they think. Her PhD research focused on developing a process that challenges people to argue and think for themselves within a structured and caring environment. Her research is the core of the Argue to Think project.
David Solomides is an Expert in Residence at the University of Exeter and was awarded Business Mentor of the Year by the SETsquared Partnership in June 2013. At present, he sits on the board of 5 other companies, which are strongly linked to education: Young Enterprise Devon, Exeter Consortium Community Interest Company (which represents 47 Exeter-based schools), Libraries Unlimited, Zenen Education Services and also Conferences South West Limited, which runs Head Teacher and other education conferences across the South of England
"I have really benefited from partnering with ArgueToThink, and their tailored role-playing sessions helped my BA students hone their skills in thinking clearly about arguments on both sides of complex questions, and putting those arguments down on paper."
“Using this program I have clearly seen an improvement in classroom discussion, students’ conception of what exactly an argument in history is and how this links into the essay writing skills required of students at this level.”
“The concept is exciting and usually students do much better at verbalising their arguments using evidence and facts, but the scheme is two fold. Firstly, it encourages confidence in argument among the students and secondly, it plays to the strengths of students. Talking through ideas always provides better writing.”
"The training session was excellent, covering a lot in a way that was well structured, clear and very effective. We were given advice on how to communicate to the audience, write business cases and reports, as well as what to write and why; a logical and impactful approach and one which had us all hooked in and eager to explore ways of dealing with even the toughest challenges we face in a business environment. I have been able to put some of the learnings into practice and I and my team have already seen some benefits from this. Dani's passion and expertise came across from the start, she is very engaging and has a great method of teaching that connects and inspires. I cannot speak highly enough of this course; it was both fun and challenging and I have already recommended it to my colleagues.”
"I would highly recommend Argue to Think to anyone who writes business cases or exec summaries. Dr Hilliard is highly qualified and knowledgeable and is also an engaging speaker. Throughout the day I felt very supported and encouraged and all questions and comments were welcomed and valued. The exercises that formed part of the training were fun and relevant and Dr Hilliard was always on hand to inspire us and give reassurance we were on the right track. I came away from the day confident about the structure and key elements needed for successful business cases/exec summaries and also with a network of support for the future. Thank you very much Dani!”
"Diana has worked with great effect with sixth form students for the last 4 years. Her intervention has helped students argue in a more coherent and structured.manner. This is an area of paramount Importance to learning, yet is often neglected. Diana is professional in her research but brings experience as a teacher. As such, she has been able to contribute to both the Department and to the students in an excellent manner."
"I found the day very challenging and rewarding; a practical course underpinned by academic research. I would highly recommend it to anyone who writes reports, papers or business cases, irrespective of experience.”