When I was eleven years old, it was a very good year, and I can remember my daily routine vividly. These were the years before I owned a Sony Playstation, and I used to venture to my friends house - everyday after school - to watch him play through Final...
There's no distinct crest marker, so you just need to aim at the top of the helm.
Don't waste boosts just because you've got them. They don't disappear.
Upgrade your armour whenever you can, for things get tough pretty fast.