Concentrate on the basics. If you are just starting to color, keep things simple. Forget shading, burnishing, details and texture _ start off by block coloring and concentrating on keeping between the lines. Block coloring is simply the practice of taking your colored pencil and filling an area completely and evenly with that color. Get to know your pencil, feel the weight of it and practice control. Simply filling those spaces with color whilst trying not to go beyond the lines will help you master control and prime you for learning more advanced techniques.
Professional level pencils like Derwent or Prismacolor offer the best quality and typically are the most expensive pencils to buy. The wax in these pencils is softer and the colors are a higher pigment providing brighter colors. The soft application allows blending and shading.