It's taking me a very long time to ask questions and respond on here, just because I'm having a hard time figuring out the syntax... Do any of you have suggestions?
Using an online editor may be helpful as you are beginning to learn the syntax. There are several editors listed in this thread.
After a quick glance, I like HostMath interface; it which offers palettes that get you over syntactical hurdles and leaves it for you to fill them in. (I don't use this, or any such editor myself.)