Just leave the camera in Auto mode and take all the photos you want.
There are too many options to try to learn in a short time.
You should set the zoom to properly frame your subject and then take the picture.
The camera will select the proper exposure and focus for you.
When you find a situation that makes you want to check out a feature, get out the manual and learn that one feature.
You have years to learn more about the camera and what it can do.
For now, concentrate on what you are photographing.
Don't be satisfied to just point and shoot.
See if a different angle will produce a better result.
Spend some time framing the subject.
Check the sun direction....it is best to have the sun at the side or in front of any subjects.
To add depth to an outdoor scene, stand near a tree and include a few tree leaves in the corner of the photo.
Don't be satisfied with one shot. Move to a different position and shoot again.
A famous photographer (Ansel Adams) once said....being a good photographer is knowing where to stand.
When you get the photos into your computer....check each one carefully and see what you could have done better.
Is there a common camera settings that would be versitable enough for pretty much all scenarials. I've been taking pictures for along time(point&shot) but my experience with SLR's has confused me royally. For right now, I just want to grab the REBEL and start taking pictures without having to take a course or pull out manuals. I will eventually learn what all the symbols,lingo,and techno is all about and believe me, If there were more hours in a day, I would, but... for now those common default settings to start me off snapping photos would greatly be appreciated. I have a Canon EOS Digital Rebal XT. Thank you for your time.