Welcome Summergirl. I would suggest learning basic components of magic, such as working with energy to imporve the effectiveness of the spells you choose to cast. Also if you learn to write your own spells they will be extremely more effective then using someone elses. Find a coven with someone that can help you, it will make it easier to learn. If you have any questions, feel free to private message me and I will be happy to answer them.
I wish you all the best.