So simple! Buy a very cute one that is pleasing to your eye to help you stay consistent with writing in it :). With the syllabus in front of you, map out exactly when you want to do your reading and your assignments. Make it your mission to cross those things off the planner. If something happens that keeps you from completing a task of the day, write next to it what is was that held you back to help ease your anxiety and guilt about not getting it done as planned. (Side note: it would also help you visualize what you do through out your day that should possibly be eliminated to prioritize your studies.)
I love the online class because when you actually read the book, going to class becomes less essential and more supplemental. Which is major key in my opinion. Since we are online, I get more sleep, can be more relaxed with my planner and actually eat breakfast . When you come in May, we will still be online until the end of June.
I will be honest and say chamberlain of atl is not as fun as the other schools, the campus is under construction, we sometimes have flooding and sometimes it is very hard to reach someone and address issues. BUT it does no good to complain, just pay attention, do your work, graduate and feel awesome about it. Don’t want to make you feel unwelcome just being honest about our “issues”. I hope you do well and enjoy your time at chamberlain. You gotta make the best of it.