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They say you should only apply solder to what you're trying to solder, never to the iron itself, but it's an easy way to transfer too much heat to the sensitive components or at the very least, melt your insulation away. Soldering is a bit of a delicate balance between heating the part up enough to get solder to flow, but not too much that you hurt the part. To do this you want to apply the solder to the iron right against the part so the solder will melt onto the part, which then heats up the part much quicker and allows the solder to flow in much less time. The quicker you heat up the part, the quicker you can remove the iron so as not to damage anything. There's not much in the world of electronics that a 300°C iron can't destroy with the quickness.

Practice practice practice and always give a firm tug after you've soldered something. If it pulls apart, the solder didn't flow and it was going to fall apart anyways so don't be afraid to tug.
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Might be worth noting as well that you should always tin your wires.

Not sure if it was mentioned, but basically flow some nice solder throw the wire before you do anything with the wire (like put it on the copper tab).
THEN, tin the copper pad, as in, put some solder on the copper tab, and tap your iron right over the pad where the solder is, it should melt right on, and if you get good, you can quickly tin it very quickly while feeding more solder into the tab.

Once both ends are tinned, just heat up the tab, and push the tinned wire right into the blob, lift off with the iron, and kablamo.

Give these videos a try:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0F8A5BB47E9CE8E6&feature=plcp
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