Im only a lowely blue belt but when some new white belts come who have no grappling background spar with me or if the instructor is too busy then they ask me what they should be learning first and what to do when they get a position in sparring. Most of the guys in my gym or affiliated gyms are either blue belts or high tier weight belts who might as well have been blue. So when the instructor teachers, its mostly higher level stuff. Which can be hard for a beginner to comprehend and they feel overwhelmed by it. I normally say to the new guys to learn the hip escape, really practice shrimping, the upa, an armbar, choke or triangle from the guard. I try and tell them about the heirachy or positions. Not too use to much strength, to use hip mobility and use other limbs as braces whilst using the hips. I wonder what other guys on this forum would recommend. Also taking self defense for women into consideration. It seems to me that the majority of girls are going to be taken down and overpowered so some form of guard would be more important to learn.