Visual Studio C++ qiuestion for school work

I have lurked here and your old site for years and enjoy your banter and stories.
I am starting a C++ class for computer programming for engineers. This past spring I was introduced to Octave and Arduino which were my first coding experiences. I am posting here because most of you are in the IT field and have probably run across this.
I just turned in an assignment that has 11 individual set of code. I think the longest turned out to be just over 20 lines so it isn’t to strenuous yet. But the program itself is getting on my nerves.
I have the program installed to D:/ and all the support folders are on C:/. Not what I wanted but what do you expect from windows.
Every time I started a new set of code I had to start a new project, Is this normal? Also, what is the preferred way this program likes to have files and folders named? It seems that anyway set or change a file name there is a 50/50 shot its going to bork.
Does anyone have any advise to this or is there a website or video that I can look at to get to what I want?
Thank you for your help.

IDEs are, in my experience, generally “project” based. You might be able to duplicate an existing project or set up a template of some sort if you’re doing a lot of redundant data entry.

For a lot of development you can technically skip the IDE and use command line tools which is probably fine for small learning apps, but is probably not a good long-term policy if you’re working on “real” development work.

Each assignment was different in scope so I can’t make a template except for #include and namespace std;
Thanks for the feedback balance. I will keep trying stuff till I find my way around.
Thanks for your help

I don’t know much at all about Visual Studio beyond using it for a class in C over a decade ago, so my advice is limited/outdated.

Using it is probably overkill depending on what you’re doing, but being charitable the instructor might be trying to get everyone used to ‘programming as a group activity’ as is pretty much the norm now, so an IDE is probably something you’d need to be familiar with in most environments.

I think for my (again, several years ago) C course I just made a Project for every assignment: CS101-Module01A, CS101-Module01B, etc.