I didn't know the MSF does a maintenance class. If you take it, why not post your results? I'm sure I'm not alone in not knowing that the MSF offers this.
My guess is most folks just figure things out along the way based on their otherwise knowing or add to it by buying a manual. If you can find a Clymer or Haynes manual for your bike model, buy it. These manuals make things MUCH easier because they do not assume you are certified like the factory ones do.
Why be born again when you can just grow up?