The current way I am installing linux is by making two partitions. One partition for where Linux will be installed, I formatted it as Ext4 and set the mount point to /. Is that correct? Then I make a Logical Partition and make it the swap area and set it to 8GB (amount of RAM I have, they say to double it but thats too much space being wasted.) Is this all correct? I saw another video where you are suppose to make a /home mount point but I don't know if I am suppose to.
We all differ a little in preference as far as partitioning goes, but you are not that far off.
SOP is to do as you have, but within the Logical or Extended partition create both a swap of 2GB and a /home of most of the remainder of your hard drive space ( less or all of it, as desired ). No need for more than this for swap, especially since your system has 8GB RAM.
If this is your only OS (you do not say), there will be the option of installing another distro and sharing the swap between them, since GNU/Linux allows for a total of four partitions per hard drive setup.
The other distro would theoretically have a root ( / ) and a /home in Primary partitions.
Do not forget to flag the first / as bootable
, as well.