In the name of Allah The All Knowing The Wise
My dear children
Please take heed of al-Ghazali's advice so that you can be an excellent seekers of knowledge and wisdom.
First, you should purify your soul from impurities and blameworthy characteristics such as anger, lust, envy, pride, conceit etc. because the heart is the seat of knowledge...knowledge cannot enter the heart which is blackened by impurities. Ibn Mas'ud said, "knowledge is not the prolific retention of traditions but is a light which floods the heart". The heart is like a mirror which reflects the light of knowledge. If the heart is blackened, how can it reflect light?
So my dear beloved children, purify your heart before you study...Ask forgiveness from Allah, from your parents, from your teachers, your friends and those that you've done wrong to.
Second, reduce the affairs of this world to bare minimum. Therefore, my beloved, do not overdo with entertainment, games (physical exercise is encouraged), and activities that do not give any benefit to you especially those which steal your precious study time.
Third, you should be humble before your teacher. Submit to your teacher's advice just as a patient would submit to a good doctor. Knowledge is not gained except through humility and harkening (focused listening/concentrating in paying attention).
Fourth, it is the duty of seekers of knowledge not to let knowledge escape them without carefully examining it in order to become familiar with it details. Hence, dear children, make a habit to always do your revision until you know all the details of what you have studied. When it is said that it is "the duty", this means that not doing it is considered as violating Islamic ethics of a student...which means that you have committed a sin.
Fifth, it is the obligation of seekers of knowledge to gain knowledge for the purpose of drawing near to Allah. Whosoever seek Allah through knowledge, no matter what kind, he is sure to profit and advance. The noblest of all sciences is the science of knowing Allah.
O ALLAH, THE MOST WISE, THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE, GRANT MY CHILDREN SAIF, NUS, QARAFI, RUMAISA, IZZAH, IZAD AND ALL MUSLIMS, UNDERSTANDING IN RELIGION, KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM...FOR OUR SUCCESS IN THIS WORLD AND OUR SALVATION IN THE NEXT WORLD THROUGH YOUR MERCY AND COMPASSION...AMIN