“As a soon to be retiree (within 1 year), and having taken all the major courses, I can see the value in the XLTs. It would have been best for me to be able to focus on them live instead of recorded sessions (which are still very valuable.) The Classes are very good, but the XLTs are 5 to 10 times more valuable because because you can replay any XLT, and they have a wide variety of instructors and trading styles. I have missed out on trades that took place live that would have reinforced trading principles ( and made me money). With hindsight, I should have retired a year and a half ago. I would have gotten up to speed more quickly with the classes and XLT's , and I would have made more money. I view OTA as a continuous learning experience and intend to continue retaking classes and participating in XLTs going forward, I have witnessed the improvements in the program since I began taking courses in January 2015, and I am very appreciative for them.
Today, we spend more time in class actually setting zones and placing trades, and I would like to see that continue. I am in the Mastermind Community and intend to become more active as my trades improve. In my Forex class, Steve Misic encouraged us to participate in the 'Share you Trade' feature of Power Trader Nation. I have been reluctant because I didn't want to look like a novice. We drilled in class much more this week, and I think that is important because that is the only way to build confidence. I am beginning to see how important it is to get the feedback of others who are more experienced that you.
The only other thing I would say is that we had a couple of people in our class who were a bit closed minded and were arguing with the instructor, or who lacked some basic understanding in the basics of trading (for example: the difference in canceling an order vs. Closing a position) These are things that should be covered in Pro Trader and not in later courses, although Steve handled it well. I would like to see the screening of experience levels and teachability improved.
Confidence is the whole deal. Being in the classes and the XLTs makes me realize how much I need to learn. OTA should stress all activities that build a student's confidence and reinforce sound trading behavior. Al live courses are simply an introduction to the skill building for trading. Steve emphasized practice in class. I thank him for that and would emphasize it.