I used to typeset assignments and notes using Microsoft formula editor. Only by the end of the last year was I motivated to start using LaTeX by virtue of its simplicity, elegance and professionality, especially the way it handles citations and references –  easily and efficiently.

I found it natural to transit from formula editor to LaTeX, as there is a consistency along syntax (more complicated, of course). Within the transition, I have been using LyX as an intermediate typesetting tool. So if directly start working with LaTeX seems not intuitive, maybe try LyX first. Tutorials are almost surely helpful.

After all, the best way to learn LaTeX, it seems, is to follow a template and write one’s own, say, paper.