Well, I was lucky, did most all of my newb stuff in beta, when there weren't forums to help :P
First enemy I fought was a bee, and even though I tried to attack it, I couldn't figure out how to stay facing it...didn't know that rest will lock target during battle... :P
Also, me and a friend spent 3 hours one night trying to figure out macros...People would explain it, but badly...i.e. "oh, to do a macro, you do 'Way to go!' /cheer /wait 2 /joy /wait 2 /clap" so I tried to insert it all on one line, but it didn't fit, so I carried it over to the next line....didn't work...so I separated them to "/cheer /wait 2" "/joy /wait 2"...STILL didn't work...then I tried putting / before AND after them all...getting annoyed at this point...next I put them all on separate lines, with / before and after still didn't work...finally I got it all figured out..."oh SEPARATE lines!!!...woulda taken that person all of 2 minutes to explain better...then I spent another hour making a really cool one (5 am by this time lol)
I still learn new stuff everyday, and even though I don't have the mentor thing (never took the time to go get it), I still like to help out newbies sometimes, sometimes getting a "wow!! you know EVERYTHING" (just got the resources to find things out, or I've done them before) and sometimes a "geez, you are such a stupid n00b!!!" for friendly advice.
p.s. If ya have a question for me, or need help with anything, just ask, I'm not always available, but I like to help when I can (when my sweetie's not around or I don't already have plans) ;P