Welcome to TFP Clueless! Yes a lot to learn but it will become second nature before long. Order a recommended test kit and here's a few links to get you started. Accurate self-testing with a proper test kit (one with a FAS-DPD chlorine test) is the core of having a trouble free pool.
For the test kit, I recommend the TF-100 XL with Speedstir from tftestkits.net. TF-100 Test Kit ™
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