Thinkorswim has decent resources, along with several examples of trades you can follow. You can download their demo account and get a feel for it with paper money. To be honest though, I feel it's a lose-lose game for most retail traders. There are too many variables to hurt you. I have a thinkorswim account (my roth IRA is through them) and it is option enabled but I have not used any. I have considered using options for an entry play for a stock I want to be long on. Could use the options to make a few extra bucks off the entry but unless you want to spend a lot of time thinking and researching....you are going to lose. Also, bear in mind that a lot of successful options strategies are trade heavy...so you have to be able to afford the trading fees and you have to be able to trade often when the market is open. Buying into the occasional long position is no big deal (since you are not super sensitive to the entry price) but if you work a normal job during trading hours...good luck running successful options strategies.