Hello, my name is Nick. I am on only my second day of spanish and saw the community here is great on the discussions. I would greatly appreciate any tips for learning a second language here. I am hoping to dedicate at least one hour a day to spanish.
I would recommend saying everything out loud (if you are a hearing person, or someone who uses speech to communicate). It can really help get the verbal part of things flowing a lot faster than just waiting for the mic to prompt you every now and then. I've had a deaf person recommend signing everything too.
Google is your best friend for grammar. http://www.studyspanish.com is a great website.
Welcome, and good luck! My tip is to practice every day, and mix up the "Home" practice skills with some other types of practice regularly.
READING: either through Immersion (starting only with easy sentences) or online articles of interest. At first this reading practice will feel like climbing Mount Everest - and you will not understand a lot and get a lot wrong. But it will get easier and easier, until one day you will find yourself reading a whole sentence without reaching for a dictionary. Then a whole paragraph. And...well, I haven't gotten to a chapter or a book yet, but I think it's a possibility!
LISTENING: Music, videos, podcasts, movies, etc.
Along with the other comments, I think one of the most important things to learning a new language is dedication. I took three years of Spanish in high school, but it didn't stick very well because I pretended that, like many of my friends, I didn't care to learn Spanish. As a child, I wanted to learn Spanish so bad I started making up words, and I would remember the different words I had made. I'm trying to learn Spanish through Duolingo now, but when I just go through the motions of strengthening skills it doesn't always stick, and I have to take a moment to remind myself to put in the effort. Aside from dedication, repitition and usage are pretty good. I took a break from Spanish during my first semester of college to focus on starting ASL with a deaf teacher, and the signs I learned fastest and most efficiently were done with repitition.
Try to strengthen up your bars when they start to go down. It's a bit easier then!