Welcome to the forum. The tutorials that come with SolidWorks are a good place to start. Click on the small drop-down arrow shown in my screenshot to access them. Start with the simple ones, making parts and assemblies. After you feel comfortable with them start grabbing small objects that are lying around and model them in SW, or get some existing drawings and create models from them.
Feel free to come back here any time you have questions.
First Tutorials, then start to model some basic things around you. If you are taking drafting courses try to model in some of the objects in those books, you know the ones that look like various blocks you might find in a little kids block set. Progress up from there to some of the more complicated objects. After awhile when you feel pretty good about your abilities try to find an old or example certification exam part, and try that.
Good luck, and have fun!
Hello Mathew, like you I experience the same issues. In my opinion the tutorials are good, but youtube tutorials are your best bet. and once you get the hang of it do the tutorials on the solid works library. Just like the Gentleman just pointed out. Me been a newbie, I notice that these tutorials you have to have some understanding how to navigate trough solidworks. Start with simple geometry part on on the videos don't try to jump into creating and engine right a way. Last regarding the how the dimensions on the tutorials My opinion is that they probably sketch it with dimensions before putting it on video.
Ps. This is only my opinion, and a rule of thumb two youtube tutorials to one solidworks tutorials. Not to forget the forums, this place is full of GREAT MINDS willing to up load some knowledge for us newbies.
Hope this helps
Also, how do some youtube tutorials know exactly what dimensions to use?
This is a good question, because learning how to design is not the same thing as learning how to use SolidWorks.
There are no end-users that I know who are paid to use SolidWorks. Most of them are paid to design, create virtual prototypes, perform simulation studies, teach and so on.
Alin is right, his statement hits the nail in the head. Remember that when your designing you are doing it to fit each application. But once you could navigate it will be a breeze to to translate your Brain thoughts into a Digital 3D rendition of it. For example why I like some YouTube tutorials is the fact the some will show how to create a past using a technique that best suits how to translate the brain thoughts into a part. I notice that solidworks has multiple ways to performed a tasks, use the one that suits your needs
In addition to the great suggestions posted, please check to see if there is a SW User Group located near you. If so, consider attending for the knowledge and networking which it will provide for no charge!