for all the electronics hobbyist wannabes this is a MUST-READ instructable.
knowing how to read circuits is a very useful skill that will help you out all the time. especially if you start messing around with building little electronics projects.
In addition to reading this instructable it may be a good idea for you to read my other instructable "electronics components and what they do" to get a good understanding of what you are doing when building a project. (woops not done with this yet, i got caught up with other stuff, check back in a week or so)
Step 1: So What Are All Those Symbols???
dont be overwhelmed its simpler than you think, just stay with me
Step 2: Okay, but how is each part connected?
when the black lines cross in a diagram there are ways of telling whether or not the wires should be connected to each other as shown below.