Since I will become a full-time student again soon inshaaAllaah (less than two months, now), this post is mostly for myself, but anyone can take it as advice or recommendations. There are two parts--the first is etiquette of the student, and the second is etiquette with the shaykh or teacher.
Etiquette of the Student
- Ikhlaas - Sincerity in intention, undertaking study to improve one's iman and worship of Allah.
- Purify the hearts of evil feelings - like pride, arrogance, anger, etc.
- Purify body from sins - by not committing them, and making sincere repentance
- Conceptualize the importance of knowledge of the deen (Islam)
- Maintain good studying habits
- Choose proper companions
- Study at the earliest age possible
- Have patience
- Take notes
Etiquette with the teacher
Morning: memorize Qur'an
- Choose proper teachers
- Respect the teacher and treat him properly
- Have proper etiquette in front of the teacher, by paying attention, not talking to students during the class, avoiding excessive jokes and laughter
- Pray for teacher and love him for the sake of Allah
- Be patient concerning the teacher's faults
- Sit properly in front of him (i.e., don't point your feet towards him)
- Speak with him in a proper manner, respectfully
Late morning: study new topics
Afternoon: revise Qur'an, review older topics
Evening: research for personal subjects
I think having a regular schedule is important, but I'm not sure why the shaykh picked this particular one. I think the philosophy was that you're most "fresh" in the morning, so that's when you cover new material and memorize. I've had to give some thought to my own schedule (so I can schedule proper meals and workouts especially, into the hectic study-day) and might post more on it later inshaaAllaah. But this format might be a good place to start inshaaAllaah.