You're doing a great job on your swatch. It's important to learn to crawl before you run, and you are well on your way to a foot race.
I think the best thing to learn first is your stitches and how to identify them. Knitting ten, purling ten, etc. is a great way to do that, it's pretty easy to keep up with, turn your work around and purl where you knit, knit where you purl. Do that until it becomes and automatic thing, then do something like a K2, P2 type ribbing, which requires a ton of attention, but teaches you well how to keep up with your pattern.
Watch the videos they have here on how to do certain techniques, practice those techniques using some cheap yarn. I've been knitting for over 20 years and I still take time out to practice things I don't do on a normal basis before I incorporate them into something I'm working on. You should see the heap of practice sock toes I made to practice decreases and kitchner stitch. I didn't stop until I liked the results.