Ollieing smaller sets is fairly easy. However, if you are a beginner and don't have good board control or very solid Ollie you might end up falling a lot.
Approach the set with an appropriate amount of speed. It can take a while to find out the perfect speed to approach. Small sets and curbs don't require much, but larger sets extend out more and require some speed. When the nsoe of your board is about 6 inches from the first stair, pop an Ollie. Tuck up to extend your air time. Keep your shoulders parallel from the board as you fly through the air. Failing to do so can cause your board to turn, and you'll land with your body facing forwards or backwards. As you can guess, you will probably eat it. When you land, try to make sure you feet are over the board to avoid snaps. Try to land flat, or maybe a little on your back trucks, but not too much. Bend your knees to absorb the impact, and roll away.
Start with a curb if you haven't done that before. Then try to find a 2 set. (Set is what you call a stair case in stead of ten stairs you say 10 set). If you can't find a 2 set try to find a 3 or 4. My first set Ollie was a four. Then I did 3 then 5 then 2.
When you start, your set shouldn't be too high or long so you don't need much speed and you have almost no chance of hurting yourself. As soon as you start going to 6 and higher sets you will start to need speed.
Sets are a lot easier than gaps. You know if you have done a 6, a 7 set is only 6 inches or so higher. If you have a gap you have no way to think of how big it is compared to another gap. You have to guess.
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