First off, a student should never ever start off with spells. It would be wise to learn the basic ingrediants, and what goes into a spell, and the basic properties of witchcraft, wicca, paganism, ect.
1) Learn the basic's of all the craft. It seems so simple, but it isn't as easy as it sounds. The basics can be from a wide rang of things such as : Meditation, visualizasion, grounding, centering, ect. These are a huge must know, to practice magic.
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2) Besides that, start connecting with the elements. Learn their corrospondences, and stuff like that. This will also help because it will let you be able to create a spell faster, if you know what that spell is associated with.
Lastly don't do a spell for the fun of it. Spells need knowledge and honestly, beginner's shouldn't try until they have mastered the above.