I'm also new to knitting with charts. For example, this is a scarf I am knitting atm...
and this is the chart for the first part...
So what sueeq means, is that see where it says '1' on the left hand side. This is row 1 and is on the right side of your knitting. So you knit this row following the pattern from the left side (near the 1) to the right, following the chart symbols.
When you get to the end of the row, you can see above that a '2'. This is row 2 and you will knit this row following the pattern from the right (next to the '2') to the left. When you reach the end of the row, you are up to row 3. Row 3 is on the left, it is the right (side of your knitting) side and you knit following the pattern from the left side to the right side.
Basically with this pattern you are just working from left to right and then the next row is right to left on the pattern, and backwards and forwards you go. Charts are also generally read from the bottom to the top.
Each chart should also have instructions as to what the symbols means and if you don't know how to do that, then there are knitting videos on this site to show you pretty much everything.
Does that make more sense?