First ever real money poker session while studying From the Ground Up. BB (me) vs. BU

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First ever real money poker session while studying From the Ground Up. BB (me) vs. BU

Blinds: $0.01/$0.02 (3 Players) BB: $4.49 (Hero)
BN: $1.67
SB: $3.98
Preflop ($0.03) Hero is BB with 7 J
BN raises to $0.04, SB folds, Hero calls $0.02
The raise was small, so I thought it was worth the call over folding the BB (as per Peter Clarke's recommendation?)
Flop ($0.09) 6 5 8
Hero bets $0.08, BN calls $0.08
Turn ($0.25) 6 5 8 9
Hero bets $0.10, BN calls $0.10
River ($0.45) 6 5 8 9 4
Hero bets $0.12, BN raises to $0.26, Hero calls $0.14
Final Pot BN wins and shows a flush, Ace high.
BN wins $0.94
Rake is $0.03

So this was yesterday during my first ever real money poker session, so I have less than 500 hands under my belt and just started learning about poker. I actually came out winning with double what I entered with ($2 buy-in, left with $4)! Not much but I expected losses. I was really excited to see that some of the stuff that I thought was really complicated from the course was starting to click.

Anyways, this hand bothered me a bit because while I was playing I thought I was doing things correctly, getting value for what I thought was a good hand post-flop.

But then I lost to A7s that the BU had.

Was there any way I should have seen that coming? Where did I make mistakes? How should I have played it in retrospect?

I think I struggle to put Villains within a range, but I don't know what clues should have told me to fold. So any tips on that would be amazing.

Any feedback appreciated!

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