I wish that when I began my studies of Attic Greek in University, someone would have introduced me to this site
particularly this section
. I, like yourself, have had problems grasping the accentuation rules, specifically since both
our study book and our teacher over-complicated matters and used convoluted language did more to confuse me more than anything else.
It eventually sunk in, but with this tutorial in my hands, it would have been much easier and faster.