"....it was difficult for me to follow because he was explaining other things that i did not understand. I felt like I was missing a step..."
That's a sure sign that you don't have some fundamental After Effects knowledge. Yeah, I know it's tempting to jump right into the fun stuff, but AE's too complicated to use without Basic Training.
It'll take some time... and no one here has the time to hold your hgand for a step-by-step explanation when a perfectly good tutorial is stumping you.
And here's a great place to learn the basics:
It's an older version, but the everything still applies.
This isn't bad either:
Thank you so much. i'll be sure to look at the videos. I took a look on a few and they do help.