A new class can be a confusing, intimidating experience.
You quickly realise that you know nothing about tai chi, or about the
syllabus ahead of you.
Recognising this brings a sense of relief.
There is no need to 'get a handle on things'.
Relax and go with the flow.
Get used to being in class.
Pretty soon, the unfamiliar becomes familiar, the preliminary skills are
comfortable and you are making steady progress through the syllabus.