Maya is a professional package. If you didn't get any documentation with it that would be odd. (I mean it's an expensive piece of software.) Meh, it should have example models in the files or on the CD's. I'd imagine.
You aren't gonna find many people that can help much. There's no educational version. My teacher even tried getting it since we have Autodesk licenses, but they only qualify to get education versions and there isn't one.
It doesn't have an education version, but it does have
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/in ... id=7639525
which is a free
personal edition for non-commercial use
God must love stupid people, he made so many.
theraje: 'God doesn't love stupid people, they're just easier to make'