You should practice on the simulator as though it were a real R/C helicopter. You should practice each hovering orientation in the simulator before trying it outside on a real R/C helicopter. This will greatly minimize your heli repair costs.
Many beginners do not consider the simulator to be a serious tool. They will play the simulator as though it were a videogame and try the latest aerobatic moves. These people often have very high heli repair costs because they do not understand the importance of a simulator as a serious training tool.