So we talked briefly in class about edge extrusion modeling, and when I started modeling my character I wanted to try edge extrusion feeling as though it would be a better method for me to use. When I sat down to work on him I wanted to do some more research and watch a couple videos. I stumbled upon a man by the name of Andrew Klein. He has a series of videos with Maya tutorials. The edge extrusion one I found very helpful in my quest. If you're interested at all in any of his other videos check them out at http://www.andrewklein.net/aiinfo_tutorials.html .
Here is the video series I used:
The only downside is that he is using an older model of Maya, but other than that they are still very helpful. Go check 'em out if you need any help.