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It is a layer by layer method.
I use the standard notation in the world of cubists.
The movements are clockwise quarter turns.
Here are the basic movements :
Clockwise Quarter Turns
R = Right face clockwise
L = Left face clockwise
F = Front face clockwise
B = Back face clockwise
U = Up (top) face clockwise
D = Down (bottom) face clockwise
The counter-clockwise turns are marked with a ' : R' , L' , F' , B' , U' , D'
Double turns are marked with a ² :
Example : you don't write RR but R²
Illustration of the basic movements:
You have to know that if you dismantled your cube and that you reassemble it randomly, you have 11 chances on 12 of not being able to solve it. Indeed there are some configurations that you can only have when you dismantle your cube. For example, if you turn a corner-cube on itself, you can no longer solve the Rubik's Cube.
If it is your case, simply dismantle your Rubik's Cube (see FAQ section) and reassemble it placing the colors in the right order, and scramble it after.
You must allow half an hour for your first cube.
Concerning the terms I use (corner-cubes, central pieces, ...) refer to the glossary.
Let's start. We start at the beginning: 1st layer