When we first deployed the welcome survey, we included a box on the screen that explains about editing Wikipedia and gives a "Tutorial" and "Help desk" link. We did this because we had no other features that helped newcomers find either of those things. Now that we have the help panel and newcomer homepage, we no longer want newcomers following those links -- we want them to complete the survey and find their homepage, where both those links exist.
But first, we want to figure out: How many newcomers click one of those two links? If this number is high, we might reconsider whether to remove these links. We might also learn that one of the calls to action is more compelling than the other. This is a question for @nettrom_WMF.
If/when we do remove the links, we should update the copy in the box to read: "Hundreds of changes are made to pages every hour to add content and correct mistakes. After creating your account, you'll be able to visit your homepage to get started with editing."