Study Habits of The Gentleman Scholar – an AOM Classic

The Art of Manliness is one of my favorite blogs, and I highly recommend it to anyone aspiring to be a Southern Gentleman. No, it does not have a Southern slant, but it clearly covers the “Gentleman” portion of what we aim for here at Confederate Colonel.

Today’s post at Art of Manliness is titled “Ace Your Exams: Study Habits of The Gentleman Scholar“. Let me quickly point out that one does not have to be a full time high school or college student to benefit from this post – it applies to anyone with the natural curiosity and hunger for life-long learning that is a mark of the Southern gentleman. In my own case, I know that I need to put more effort into studying God’s word. I have made a number of attempts to seriously study The Bible, yet I never seem to gain traction – I end up wasting time, wandering off on other topics, and just never studying The Bible as I know that I should. The same thing applies to my need to stay up to date with the latest technology and trends in programming languages – my business depends on it, yet it is so easy to get bogged down in the details of running a business that I can quickly lose sight of the long term needs. In other words, I need to learn better study habits. I suspect that you do, too.

Here are the key points from the AOM post. Be sure to read the entire post and become a better Southern gentleman scholar.

  • Time & Energy Management
  • Reading Assignments and Homework
  • Make the Most of Class Time
  • Getting Extra Help
  • Create an Outline or Study Guide
  • Memorizing
  • Self-Testing: The Master Key to Academic Success
  • Study Groups
  • Great Resources on Improving Your Study Skills

About Stephen Clay McGehee

Born-Again Christian, Grandfather, husband, business owner, Southerner, aspiring Southern Gentleman. Publisher of The Confederate Colonel and The Southern Agrarian blogs. President/Owner of Adjutant Workshop, Inc., Vice President - Gather The Fragments Bible Mission, Inc. (Sierra Leone, West Africa), Webmaster - Military Order of The Stars and Bars, Kentucky Colonel.
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5 Responses to Study Habits of The Gentleman Scholar – an AOM Classic

  1. Trevor Hewitt says:

    I use many of these tools already and have a 4.0 GPA and at the top of my class. Thank you for the post!

  2. Congratulations, sir! One of the criteria that I use when deciding what to post here is to ask, “what do I wish I had learned earlier in life?” This is definitely one of those skills that I needed but didn’t have. On the other hand, it’s never too late to learn.

  3. Lindsay says:

    I am not a Southern gentlemen but instead a Southern lady, and I greatly benefited from your post – I too have tried many times to seriously study the Bible only to get myself sidetracked. One of my goals is to change that, and I think many of your points apply. I have also forwarded the post onto my husband, thanks!

  4. When it comes to doing a cover-to-cover reading of The Bible, I have found that if I just try to read it as a normal book, it takes only a few minutes for my mind to wander far away. My eyes are looking at the words, but my mind is somewhere else. The cure that I have found is to listen to a recorded reading (I use the Alexander Scourby on CD) as I am reading. It bothers me that I need a crutch like that, but if that’s what it takes, then that’s what I do. A cover-to-cover reading isn’t really serious study, but I thought I’d pass that along in case others find themselves in a similar situation.

    Thank you for stopping by, Lindsay.

  5. Drew says:


    I would just like to say great site. I have been perusing both this one, and your Southern Agrarian, and I find them both to be very informative. Growing up, I did cover to cover readings of the Bible, and my father read it to me every night as a child. I no longer do cover to cover readings, because I feel from personal experience that I no longer need it. I do however, refer to it as thoughts cross my mind, or I when thinking about a certain subject. If you’d like a dose of the spiritual, feel free to take a look at my father’s blog – The Naive Gatekeeper. One of my favorites of his has to do with being a married man, and being a man in general, a theme that runs throughout his writings. Thanks again for a couple of really great blogs.

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