Check out if you have a Guild of Weavers, spinners and dyers near youm and try and get along to a meeting. Nothing like watching someone do it to get it to click. Or they may know of a spinner near you who could offer some coaching.
World of wool to great lap waste bags for about £8. Wonderful stuff to practice with, although I find I need to recard it after it has been compressed in the bags, so either a pet comb or treat yourself to some hand carders.
But most of all, practice. You will get some interesting yarn to start with but things will improve.