How cheap of a tablet? All of the Wacoms, even their low end ones, are excellent to learn on. When I first started digital art I bought some odd cheap brand. It was crap. It took batteries, had odd jitter to the strokes and terrible pressure sensitivity. so depending on you tablet, it can be harder/frustrating to learn.
Personally I like my tablet angled, it hurts my wrist to use it flat, so I built this for it.
It feels more intuitive, from years of drawing on a drafting table.