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Jgunnz

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Kaplan Audition Topic
« on: March 08, 2005, 08:38:39 PM »
OK so my audition for Kaplan is Monday and my instructions were to prepare a 5 minute non academic "How To" lesson plan. These are some of the ideas I have as of now:

1- How to use the Cornell Note taking system. (Its actually quite famous and would allow me to demonstrate board technique)

2- How to register a trademark. (I've taken 3 law courses that focus on trademarks, to me this stuff is fun and easy to explain)

3- How to play texas hold-em.

4- How to ___________________. (you fill in the blank)

I'm particularly interested in those of you who have done this before, what did you choose as your topic? And what advice can you give me?

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Re: Kaplan Audition Topic
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2005, 10:30:23 PM »
How to "not sound pompous by continuing to use Cornell's good name all over this website in a way that cheapens it immensely"

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Re: Kaplan Audition Topic
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2005, 10:33:39 PM »
oops! I mean "how TO sound pompous..." dont wanna make that mistake in the audition!

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Re: Kaplan Audition Topic
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2005, 11:32:32 PM »
I guess by writing once where I have attended college for the past 4 years, and by referring to a note taking system that is used and promoted around the country at various universities (see links below) by its proper name I somehow offended you. You sound like a jackass, thanks for the help.

http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/cornell.html
http://www.westshore.edu/webs/ltc/cornell_note_taking_method.htm
http://www.sas.calpoly.edu/asc/ssl/notetaking.systems.html
http://www.bucks.edu/~specpop/Cornl-ex.htm
http://www.yorku.ca/cdc/lsp/notesonline/note4.htm
http://www.crazycolour.com/os/notetaking_04.shtml
http://gwired.gwu.edu/counsel/asc/index.gw/Site_ID/46/Page_ID/14551/
http://www.swt.edu/slac/StSkillsid/NotEfect.htm
http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/cae.tut/TCornell.htm
http://www2.hawaii.edu/~kjolly/cornell.htm
(Only 10 of the 100s of universities and learning centers that qoute this method)
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Re: Kaplan Audition Topic
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2005, 12:20:49 AM »
Don't worry about the above, what you wrote wasn't pompous to begin with and nothing wrong with being proud of where you went to school. Where is your Kaplan audition? I'd imagine the degree of competition is directly proportionate to the size of the area. I'm a New Yorker, just moved down to NC and auditioned in Winston-Salem. It was me and one other dude (a Wake undergrard), and the Kaplan guy--really a joke. My topic was how to design a basic weight lifting program (yeah, I'm that meathead). The only caution I'd give you is they seem almost giddy at the thought of cutting you off at five minutes, so try not to run over. Do your best to have at least minimal audience interaction. If your boardwork is really horrible (like mine), consider composing a quick handout to compensate. That's what I did--I typed everything I was gonna write on the board and passed it out, so that my audience of two could follow along. Any of your topic choices are fine. At my audition, it was me with the weights, and the other guy talked about how to distill home-made moonshine. Good luck, it's really a breeze audition.

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Re: Kaplan Audition Topic
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2005, 12:32:53 AM »
At mine, one guy talked about physics, one girl talked about how to set goals, and one guy talked about how to do laundry.  So any of your topics are fine - just choose the one that's the most fun for you to talk about and one where you can somehow involve the audience and then figure out what questions you're going to ask them.

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Re: Kaplan Audition Topic
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2005, 01:06:26 AM »
I talked about texas holdem at mine.  I got hired, but so did everyone else that auditioned with me.  Kaplan is going to hire you provided you can speak even marginaly well in front of a small crowd

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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2005, 01:18:43 AM »
Don't stress it too much... at my audition, the only two people they didn't hire were 1) a kid who mumbled and stared off into space, and 2) a pompous ass who planned a 30-minue presentation and had to be cut off after 5.  Just get up there and do your thing... texas hold 'em sounds like it would be a fun topic.

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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2005, 03:15:22 AM »
I don't know if your instructions were different than mine, but in SF, they instruct you not to present on an academic topic.  I don't know if the note-taking thing would fall under that...

Texas Hold 'Em gets my vote!

Good luck! :)

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Re: Kaplan Audition Topic
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2005, 12:18:25 PM »
Don't worry about the above, what you wrote wasn't pompous to begin with and nothing wrong with being proud of where you went to school.


... says the totally not ripped guy in a wifebeater.  I vote you totally listen to him.

How about "how to write a PS for law school app" - it certainly isn't academic.  And you should be a pro by now (unless you're finding that you're getting dinged from schools where you have ^75% grades and lsat)
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