The Elements of a Solid Work Ethic

Today, I’m focusing on work ethic. It seems obvious, but it is essential to remember that a good work ethic can give you the upper hand in any college course.

My freshman year, I quickly learned that the key to all-around academic success is a good work ethic. A solid work ethic includes time management skills, study habits, and a positive attitude. Without any of those three elements, you will find yourself struggling.

Time Management Skills

College is a great time for personal discovery. You should certainly try out new hobbies, join clubs, and have a good time. That being said, time management means having the ability to say no and to put academics first. There will always be another social event, but there won’t always be another midterm. To make studying more enjoyable, I like to treat myself to a nice coffee in a coffee shop. The atmosphere really helps me get work done while I enjoy a sugary drink!

Study Habits

Habits quickly become part of your routine in college, and the most successful students find time within their day to study. Even if it means a quick recap between classes, a little bit goes a long way when reading a long text or studying for an exam. Of course, studying at night before bed is great, too. Staying focused is the key to good study habits: turn off the phone, find a quiet space, and get cracking.

A Positive Attitude

If you want your studying to be efficient and enjoyable, you need to have a positive attitude. Putting off the work and complaining won’t make learning any easier, but being optimistic will. This same rule applies to a long lecture class, a final exam, or any other challenge you may face. Keep smiling and the rest will come easy.



Class of 2020
I am studying Middle Grades Education with concentrations in Social Sciences and Literacy in the College of Education. Although I now reside in Champaign, I am originally from Vernon Hills, a Northwest suburb of Chicago.