1. Successful Strategies

Voice Recognition Software

As a grad student, starting 16 years after my 15th and final brain AVM stroke and 14-hour craniotomy, I begin to use voice recognition software for studying and composing. At that time, I was reengaging in graduate school.

 

My final stroke took place in 1987 when I was near the end of my sophomore year of high school. After I avoided death, I was happy to be alive. I knew that I was the same person; only, something had changed.

 

Things were definitely more difficult. Instead of getting straight A's and an occasional B, I was lucky to maintain a C+ average. This was true of most classes, except for creative writing in the beginning.

 

Due to the fact that my ventricular shunt had been outgrown by my having hit my growth spurt, my mental processes nearly fully ground to a halt.

 

Therefore, in late December, of 1987, I had a fourth neurorsurgery performed to replace my shunt. After that, many things returned to me.

 

I was able to do things, almost the same way I had after my craniotomy. But, many things were different, especially, in the way I achieved in school.

 

When I graduated, it was assumed that 4-year college was going to be conquered by me; yet, instead of the sky's being the limit, as far as where I chose to apply/attend, like it had been for my older sibling, I had to determine what schools were best and offered high quality accommodations for students with disabilities, too. In reality, I thrived in writing classes, especially in creative writing.

 

However, in math classes and courses that required massive amounts of reading and those that didn't tap into my prior knowledge, I didn't do as well.

 

As a result, I transferred around between four year universities, 2 year universities and eventually took a bachelor's degree in creative writing, with a 2.6 or 2.7 grade point average.

 

For several years, I was sparcely employed as a writer, editor and proofreader. My existence was somewhat miserable when I wasn't able to work in these capacities.

 

I washed trucks, mowed lawns and ripped tickets at a movie theater, to make ends meet, in between writing, editing and proofreading jobs.

 

Then, when the economy got really bad, I applied to tutor in a community college writing center and, to my surprise, I begin really to excel, professionally.

 

After I made the switch to the university level, I was able to tutor my way through a Master's degree program, eventually working as many as 42 hours per week, while still maintaining an extremely high grade point average.

 

The reason why I was able to do this is that tutoring called upon my crystal-term memory-contingent knowledge that I had fused into my consciousness many years before my final stroke.

 

Even if an individual is not disabled by way of stroke or memory-contingent aspects of his or her consciousness, he or she might be able to utilize prior knowledge to succeed, as an individual.

 

Please contact me, at: www.facebook.com/mattramzzz1971 or, via e-mail, at: mattramzzz@comcast.net or at: 443-413-2510 to pose any questions you have.

 

Sincerely,

 

Matt Ramsey, M.Ed.

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