I don't know if any of you are hoping to do animation beyond Maya but I ran across a website that gives tips and they are really useful.
I like #9: Bookend trouble spots. I just encountered some problems on the Maya timeline and used the editor to delete certain key frames. It fixed everything! But the information is actually a good tip so that if we do have an issue we can make key frames a frame over on each end to get rid of the problematic key frame.
We have almost worked a whole semester on this project and we are making a 5 second video. Tip #10 talks about doing short animations because that is how long of a segment you would be working on in a job and I thought that was interesting. It does take a long time to do even 5 seconds so someone working on a 10 second video must be pretty dedicated or be a film major.