I am a beginner as well. The Knitting Help Forum is great! The videos were also very helpful.
Just so you know, I struggled w/ the WS, RS puzzle too. I'd say to myself countless times, "why am I so daft I can't figure which side is the WS?"
WELL...later I found out it sometimes
does not matter. WS=RS. Sometimes it is just preference. If I was alternating knit & pearl rows, I preferred the knit side on the RS. To me: knit row pops (stands) out & the pearl row indents. I then noticed the tail from the TAIL CAST ON (you said you are using) was always in the bottom right corner when I started knitting a row. My rule became: The tail in the bottom right end is the RS.
will find a better way to mark which side is which. But, I used the tail from the cast on as my GPS. Silly. But, beginners sometimes have to just 'figure-it-out', right? Now I'm struggling w/ YO's and repeats... I've been getting excellent help with this in the 'repeats & original cast on stitches number' thread. Always good to ask for help!!! Having fun too!
Good luck & hangin there beginner buddy...