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October 09, 2023

How to focus on homework

Focusing on homework and your studies can be a challenge, especially in an age when we’re surrounded by distractions. Thankfully, there are several strategies to get the most out of your studying time. If you’re using Windows 11, you already have access to a variety of built-in features designed to minimize distractions and help you study effectively. Here are several ways to turn up your focus while turning down distractions.

Stay organized with Task view

Task view is a Windows feature that lets you view all your current windows and apps on a single screen. Use Task view to create virtual desktops for each subject and switch between topics and projects as needed. Leveraging this feature is a great way to stay organized and minimize distractions while studying.

Quiet notifications and alerts with Focus assist

Focus assist is a Windows 11 feature that minimizes digital distractions while you work on homework. When you turn on Focus assist, a session timer will appear on your screen and your computer automatically mutes notifications and taskbar alerts. Customize Focus assist settings to allow certain notifications or prioritize school-related apps.

Minimize online distractions with Immersive Reader

If you're reading material online, Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge can minimize distractions so you can focus on the content on the page. Immersive Reader removes ads, sidebars, pop-ups, and other distractions that make it harder to read on the web.

Ease your eyes with Dark mode

While we don’t recommend studying into the wee hours of the night, sometimes it’s unavoidable. However, the blue light emitted by your computer screen can disrupt your sleep patterns and make it harder to concentrate. Give your eyes a break by taking advantage of Windows 11 Dark mode—a feature that reduces blue light emissions from your screen in low-light environments.

Create a study space

One of the best ways to stay focused on homework is to create a dedicated study space. This can be a desk in your room or a quiet corner in a library. Ideally, your study space should be free of distractions, like your TV or phone, that make it harder to concentrate.

Stick to a schedule

Another effective way to get through assignments is by creating a schedule and sticking to it. Establishing a routine makes it easier to stay on task and helps you take breaks when needed. Create a study schedule and set reminders for important deadlines or exams to make it easier to study daily.

Set goals and reward yourself

Finally, rewarding yourself when you reach your goals is a great way to stay motivated throughout the school year. Watch your favorite show at the end of a homework session or visit your favorite restaurant after finals to celebrate your hard work.

Leverage these techniques and digital tools to stay focused on your homework and achieve your academic goals. If you’re looking for an operating system for students and professionals alike, Windows 11 has you covered.

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