That's OK. Techlife have a solution.
Their FREE downloadable "Fix Windows 8" program allows you to put the start menu back like windows 7, Vista, XP or "traditional" mode.
In Expert mode you can tweak the hell out of it to even turn off and on the think you like and dislike about the whole shooting match. For instance, you can still have the Win 8 metro start up screen if you want with the restore Start button.
"Fix Win 8" link here is a program. So "save it" [DOWNLOAD] and then run it.
Follow your nose from there. It is easy, trust me.
There's even a big undo" button if you stuff up or get scared.
If you wish to persist with windows 8, then the plethora of shortcuts keys do make a world of difference.
The article I found them in first is here.
Lastly, the new file explorer in win 8 is supposed to be the ducks guts.
It is worth having a play with.
Have fun with that :-)