I assume your question is more on the technique / process of learning the characters. Of course, seeing all those funny looking symbols is a scary sight at first! But try to find your own way of remembering them - these stick in the head the best. Such as, are there any similarities from hiragana 'る/ru' and 'ろ/ro', 'め/me' and 'ぬ/nu', how can you distinguish them? Do they look like pictures that you can familiarize with? , etc
- I distinguish ね/ne and れ/re, by knowing neko (cat) has a tail, so 'ne' curls out, weird idea, but I remember!
- Another would be 'に/ni' and 'た/ta', which look alike, too. Well, ni contains the character for '二/ni/number 2' and た has a T shape on left hand-side, t, for.. た/ta o.o) , etc.
you get the idea.
Here's how i've learnt my kana:
Personally I learned them by using Flashcard software, this is included in the MegaJapanese games, plenty on Google, too. What I would do was write down the set of characters until they seemed familiar, then try flash cards on that particular set of kana, say, Ka/ki/ku/ke/ko until I was able to recognise them lightning quick, repeat for the rest of the characters. Then take them into practice by writing down words I knew in hiragana (example, べんきょう/benkyou) and the same in kana (example, アメリカ/amerika). Try reading the transcripts in RJ in hiragana/katakana instead of romaji, you'll be recognising the characters quicker and develop better habits later when reading and writing.