What do you tell your friends when they want to begin crochet for the first time? This is what I say:
Coats & Clark on how to make a granny square.
I'd say, Don't plan on your practice attempts being part of the finished project! Be patient with yourself. Don't expect perfection on the first attempt.
Crochet short periods of time, many times, over many days. It's better to stop and take a break before you get frustrated. Also, I think learning over many days cements the skills in your brain and hands better than a crash course all in one day.
What other tips do you have for beginners?