im sorry, i just have to say from the kindness of a perfect stranger, save your money. i understand what you are feeling. you want a teacher/student approach to the game to give you the tools to become a successful poker player.
I have tried to follow some by-the-book strategies in the past. but you know what? nothing gives you more confidence or a better learning process than to develop your own style that works. i have been playing poker for years and im still adjusting my style.
by all means go and sit at a book store and check out some poker books over a cup of coffee. they do give good tips and ideas. but put it back on the shelf. they only give you something to try but you will always make it your own, rendering the book useless. there are no guarantees in poker. there is you and the opponent.
my best most neutral advice to you:
*ability to take a bad beat and shrug it off/ there is no room for emotions, move on or take a break.
*mentally outlasting the opponent- in other words, if you are in a tournament for money. i dont care if it's for 6 dollars or 1000 dollars. i will play as long as it takes to win. many will go on tilt simply because they are tired of playing for so long. dont be that guy. be the one that breaks his opponent down, if not by the cards, then by mental focus. pay attention to the players actions around you. decide who is a good player and who is weak remembering that there is never a player that you dont need to worry about, because that could be the one that takes you out.
im sorry this is such a long answer but i love talking poker lol. it is so psychological to me. what i have told you has earned me not only money but more importantly, respect, which is a powerful weapon. when other players are wary of you and are telling others to watch out for you, then you have what it takes to earn a lot of money. you see? and i didnt even tell you how to play certain hands or tell you what to do with your money. because its all up to you. and i cant charge you money lol. i only want you to see that its YOU who will be your best teacher. now go get those chips!