How would a novice know the correct way to make a cut? They are probably uncomfortable the whole time ... I donno?
My advice is "If you've never done this before, STOP" If you have done similar cuts, then just duplicate your past procedures. When in doubt, ask questions here or do some research on the web. Not every You Tube demonstrator does things the proper way, but some freely say "Do NOT do this at home" .
I had no mentor for my first table saw and learned by doing. Being blessed with a fair amount of common sense and an understanding of basic physics, I managed to operate it safely for 50+ years, barring a few kickbacks.
I even managed to acquire enough skill to impress my professors enough to teach a sophomore college class in power tool operation. Admitting that a few times I wasn't entirely "comfortable" with a specific operation, I knew to always keep the work registered against the fence and to support any overhangs with same size blocks I could feed along simultaneously.A well thought out jig is always worthwhile, rather than rushing through a cut that seems "iffy".
Splitters and proper outfeed supports are a must in my shop operations.
This little leg brace doesn't seem like all that much, but it was a challenge to make all the cuts at a 45 degree bevel:
Notice the extended fence on the miter gauge face: