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...
Work out how the gravity affects your jumps in the early stages so you know what to expect later on.
Check the map often in the Adventure mode to see where you've been.
Sometimes it's worth a sacrifice to get to the checkpoint.