Today I have learned to use textures in Maya and applying them to shapes.
First, i proceeded to create a cuboid type shape in Maya, then when I had the shape selected I then selected the hypershader tool which looks kind of like an olive.
Once i was in hyper-shade i then tried changing the colour of my shape, then after experimenting i then selected the texture button which looks like a checkerboard and i then selected the file option which let me select a previously saved image.
I then used the textured tool in the bottom tool bar, which looks like a checkered ball.
I then re-mapped the texture using the uv editor.