Tip #8: Join a club
Join a camera club. There are plenty of camera clubs online, and there’s also plenty of physical clubs around as well. Joining a camera club or getting online onto a camera forum that has other members, you can share your ideas, you can take photos and have them critiqued, you can enter your photography into competitions.
You’ll be able to see how people use their equipment. Joining a camera club or being online in some sort of club is the best way for you to accelerate your learning. There are courses out there of course that you can take, but short of that just find something you can get involved with so that you can learn from other people’s mistakes, and their successes as well.