Helpful tips:

If you are a novice or just starting, take the time to read your recipe carefully. Then break it down into steps which is easier to follow (eg: step 1 put on oven at 180 degrees, etc) Writing them down in this step form will help you follow the recipe easier as well. The more advanced recipes instructions can run into many pages and mixing up the whole process remember this tip when being adventurous with a recipe. It is easier to continue where you left off rather than fix a stuff up so if you are distracted by a phone or door take that five seconds to switch off the oven or stove that needs your immediate attention.