A simple flush and bleed will do wonders. Most average non-mechanically inclined motorcycle owners painfully neglect the brakes. Cant count how many owners I have asked when the last time they flushed the lines was to hear "umm never?". Unless your pads are shot, I would do stainless lines first. They will give you the most noticeable night and day improvement you have ever felt.
Other than that, ride safe, and learn at your own pace my friend.
PS: Former or current Hokie? Grew up in central VA, seems like 1/4 of my class ended up graduating a Hokie