I'm a crocheter of long experience and a new knitter like you. I learned to knit in May 2011.
It sounds like you're using metal needles; are you? If so, use a pair of bamboo needles or other inexpensive non-metal (i.e., non-slick) needles until you're more comfortable moving the stitches from the left needle to the right *when they're supposed to move.* Even plastic needles might slow those slippery devils down!
It's really something, making the change from the hook--where stitches stay put until YOU move them--to the needles--where they slither this way and that for the hapless beginner.