if you only been driving a manual for less then a week, you just need to drive it more. run the revs to 3k each gear. if youre driving around town and the speed limit is 35, dont leave 3rd gear. if its 45, go into 4th. its when its over 50, youll want to drop into 5th. trust us, run the revs higher, make the car happy.
I know a lot about cars. I can look at a car's headlights and tell you exactly which way it's coming