you have received some excellent advise, i would also recommend buying every book on the subject you can find at a reasonable price . or unreasonable if you have it like that
having a working knowledge of apis melafara and there habits helps put you at ease when working with them,which puts them at ease . they know when your shaky. so take it easy and also the best advice i heard so far was if possible find a mentor ,they always can use the help and join the county bee keepers assoc. check the state and they will lead you to the nearest in the county.