I found this presentation to be a good start for scientific method:
A scientific theory is a well-tested, broad explanation of a natural phenomenon. In everyday life, we often use the word theory to mean a hypothesis or educated guess, but a theory in the context of science is not simply a guess—it is an explanation based on extensive and repeated experimentation. - dictionary.com
Some humble thoughts I'll share ... like marbles rolling in one's hand (or in my head).
The hypothesis is a perceived goal. It's not the theory, which is a sound, repeatable process.
It's important for an experimenter to define what to look for at each step. A chemistry lab sign said, "Know what you are stuffing, and stuff it."
Discovery may alter your expected result/hypothesis. It may expand your perceived realm of possibilities.The creative mind will wander. Be careful that ambition does not confuse your initial goal. Make side notes of new ideas as you progress, but stay focused.
As some have said, they got off track, likely from discouragement, or possibly, diversion/ambition. We can control antisocial discouragement here, but ambition is a self-governed activity. One cannot go in all directions at once and achieve any one goal. Focus.
No one at AU has disdain for beginners. Start small and progress at your own pace. Read every blog @AU from the beginning. It makes reinventing the wheel a much quicker process.
Incremental device construction and testing will yield definitive results. Some experimenters @AU share valuable building block circuits/designs. Some techniques can prevent damage to your equipment.
Conceptual knowledge and experiencial knowledge are two different things.
Once you've been bit by high voltage, warnings become folklore. Be very careful.
A clean and orderly working environment reduces confusion and clarifies demonstration.
Documentation is critical to show progress and build a solid foundation.
Ask yourself why you are interested in over-unity. What will be its practical application when you achieve your goal? Lighting, battery charging, electrolysis and ventilation have been realized with entry level experimentation. High power systems are either proprietary, suppressed or perhaps faked.
Listen to all advice and consider that beneficial constructive criticism comes in all forms. Language and cultural formalities can disguise earnest advice. Be slow to take offense. Overlook a perceived insult.
// end philosophical subroutine
... in the blink of an eye.