1. Your morning routine matters. If you were going to school, what time would your alarm be set for? When would you shower, change, have breakfast? Stick to this schedule. You might have a bit more time because there's not a commute right now. Consider using that time to exercise. Having a bit of time for yourself is one of the best things you can do, ever. Walk around the block with a podcast you love, run, play tennis against the wall. Just give yourself some time to play. It's more important that you realise, and you'll be a happier person for it.
2. Get dressed as though though you're going to school (or work). Maybe not put on your school uniform, but put on something that makes this feel official. The way you see yourself, literally, is how you'll treat the day.
When I reached graduate school, my reward was a stash of fancy caffeine-free teas to brew when I needed a break. T2 has some excellent ones. So does Websters Tea and TleafTea. My concentration was already hours long at this point, so getting up to brew a cup of tea was a good chance to stretch the legs. Keep the rewards affordable, practical, and non-addictive. It has to be something you won't be distracted by thinking about while you work.
5. Set an alarm for bed, and stop study 2 hours before you sleep. It's easy to miss the boat on this one, but your ability to retain information that you've just studied or to absorb the information from tomorrow's lessons is 100% dependent on this. Set an alarm and when it goes off, it's time to relax in bed. Read a novel, chat to people in your household, unwind. You've worked hard all day, and you deserve a break.
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