I take the train to work every day. About a year ago, I ordered a yearly subscription to monthly tickets: I get 12 tickets, one for each month, for the price of 10.
The first time the conductor asked to see my ticket, I held it up. She then asked me to move my fingers: I was obscuring exactly the most important part of the ticket, namely the month it was valid for. Now that I know, I make sure that part is always visible every time.
I guess you can be a newb at anything.