-First. When beginning magic, you must have; strength, willing, belief of magic, patience, and knowledge.
These are some basics when starting. Or even when practicing a spell/chant/ritual.
-Second. I'd recommend meditation to relax the mind and soul. As the human body relaxes it is best to plan what you want to learn and do.
-Third. Don't forget that there are lots of other people on this site who have learned or are learning the same things you are. I highly recommend making everyone your friend, because you'r gonna need their help as they'll need yours'