When I teach spinning I have the students go through some real 'boring' stuff that really seems to help in the long run.
Before even putting fiber to the wheel, practice your treadling. It's real easy to get the wheel going fast and keep it going but when you spin fiber, unless you have well drafted fiber (and experience), you won't be able to keep up with the speed of the wheel.
So... practice treadling, trying to keep the wheel going in the same direction s-l-o-w-l-y! It's okay to use your hand to get the wheel going, but remember that you'll need both hands to draft.
If you have another person that is willing to help, sit at the wheel barefoot or stocking foot resting on the treadle. have the other person turn the big wheel slowly. Close your eyes and feel the treadling pattern. Don't try to treadle yourself. This will help you get the 'feel' of your wheel instinctively.
Once you can treadle with the wheel going to the right, stop it (with your treadle), and reverse it.
When you feel comfortable treadling with your wheel, attach the end from a skein of cheap acrylic yarn. 'Spin' that yarn onto your bobbin. The function of this excersize is to a) get use to the feel of fiber going through your hands, b) learn the adjustments of brake and whorl selection. Don't try to hold the yarn back, just let it slip through your fingers.
Time to add some real fiber! Attach a leader to your bobbin. I like making a loop at the end of the leader to fold the fiber in the loop and back on the fiber to 'catch' it. Make sure you have a length of fiber that is well drafted so you won't have to worry about drafting while treadling and concentrating on the take up onto the bobbin.