Welcome to Spells of Magic, I am glad that you feel like you belong on SoM, this site holds a great deal of information, but also hold false information as well. You must be able to tell the difference between misleadning information and helpful information, most do this by their gut, if it feels to good to be true, it probably is. I personally would start off getting to now the site itself, there is a lot of helpful information around the site based new members. Then I would probably start by reading a few of the most recommened forum posts;
http://www.spellsofmagic.com/read_post.html?post=483942 (The Basics: Expanded) By: AwakeTooLong
http://www.spellsofmagic.com/read_post.html?post=71692 (Starting Out) By: Starrie
http://www.spellsofmagic.com/read_post.html?post=526472 (Visualization) By: Lark
Gaining a grasp of the "training-wheels" of magic will help things go more smooth, understand to seperate fanstasy from reality is one of the most important objects to pass. There is a lot of content on here that promises impossible abilities, things that claim to change the physical balance of this realm, do not believe them, they are false and do waste your time.