The ways to better yourself in any given skill are numerous, but the most common is simply to receive a lesson from another Avalonian character. LEARN <skill name> FROM <character> requests a lesson in your chosen discipline from someone, who will often be a resident member of your guild. Simple practice of a skill through its use will increase your prowess, albeit more slowly. The more learned characters are able to offer lessons to those of less ability than they - TEACH <skill name> to <student> will offer up a lesson and provided the pupil is agreeable to it, the teaching will commence.
Not only is player-to-player teaching beneficial to the student, but, to a lesser extent, the instructor profits as well. The only CCC of roughly analagous teaching ability is the designated guild tutor. Guild tutors can be prevailed upon to come forth from the inner guild chambers when a guild member KNOCKs on the entrance door. Some guilds are security conscious and keep apprentices away from the guildhouse interiors; thus being able to knock on the front door and summon out the guild tutor is crucial for advancing many a youngster's skills.
Type LESSONS to discover how many lessons you are able to take before reaching that point. Not all skills are freely available, however. Many are solely within the sphere of particular guilds, guilds that over the centuries have so refined their learning that they now specialise in only these particular arts. Thus professions were born in Avalon!
Check out HELP GAIN for full info on the LESSONS command, for using it to see how many lessons you have but also whether your current location is good for lesson-gain and whether you have any "procured or gifted potential" useful for increasing lesson gain speed or immediately increasing how many lessons you have available.
It is possible to procure lessons at a faster than usual rate. Type HELP PROCURE for more information on speedy lesson acquisition. Last but certainly not least, check out HELP DARSURION for important information on learning enhancing herbs and HELP GLOBEACTS for ways to boost lesson effectiveness.