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If you think reading comprehension is overwhelming, challenging, or impossible, this post is for you.

For some of us, returning to school after an adversity is challenging. Some of us have difficulty setting goals, making decisions, planning events, tracking time, and/or taking action. Even if we get past the initial steps, some of us have a less-than-perfect reading comprehension. Fear not, Matt Ramsey has a solution to passing an exam when you have a low reading comprehension.

Ramsey tells us while preparing to re-take the ETS Graduate Record Exam (GRE), he needed to find a way to improve his reading comprehension score. Even though 16 years had passed since his 15th stroke, exposure to meningitis, and 14-hour craniotomy, Ramsey still had difficulty comprehending the things he read. Ramsey created the acronym R.E.A.D to compensate for his comprehension challenge. Perhaps, the acronym will work for you too.

R.E.A.D. is an acronym for:

  • Read the questions and the answers, first, skipping past the reading passage.
  • Extract an answer from the choices.
  • Analyze what you’ve done, to assure you haven’t gone too fast and/or made a careless mistake.
  • Determine the most appropriate answer after reading the passage.


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Thanks to Matt Ramsey, creator of the acronym R.E.A.D, for sharing his solution for overcoming reading comprehension challenges.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.