Studytothrive.com is an online platform connecting students with valuable courses and knowledge that will greatly improve their lives. This platform is the home of the extremely successful Ascend Whole Brain Learning and Whole Brain Teaching certification courses and now includes Whole Brain Discovery.

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To empower students to learn better thereby knowing better and doing better

chief executive officer

James Jooste has over 35 years of business experience, having grown up in South Africa currently resides in London. He is the CEO and co-founder of Nothando Training (Pty) Ltd a Qualifi Ltd, UK accredited Study Skills training provider.


James developed all the course material and started changing people’s lives by teaching his Whole Brain Learning Study Methods since the mid 90's. He has personally taught over 20000 students nationwide with the majority being Grade 11, 12 & 1st year University students. He and his team has lectured and coached students from all of South African major Universities, Colleges and Schools and has traveled to remote rural areas to deliver the course material.


James has a passion for education advancement, student development and really understands all the challenges students face in attempting to reach their goals.

Email address: academic.coach100@gmail.com 

James Jooste

Chief executive officer

F.R. (Rhys) Robinson
Chief Executive Officer

Rhys is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nothando Training (Pty) Ltd. Rhys assumes overall responsibility for the success and well being of Nothando Training (Pty) Ltd. Rhys has served in various Management positions in both Multi-National & National Organisations including Dell & Deloitte. Rhys is an internationally certified Leadership Coach with the ICF (International Coach Federation & Coaches Training Institute (CTI).

Core Strengths
Leadership Development, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Account Management, Business Acquisition & Development, Client Relations and Partnership Development and Start-up ventures.

Chief Financial Officer

J.L. (John) Harris
Chief Financial Officer
B Com, H.Dip Tax

John is the Chief Financial Officer of Nothando Training (Pty) Ltd. John has served in Senior Management positions in both Deloitte and the Anglovaal Group. John has been involved in business management, project management, systems design and implementation for the past 8 years.

Core Strengths

Project management, Financial Management, Financial and Tax systems implementations, Corporate Tax Consulting.


chief training officer

Candice Preston is the Chief Training Officer and an academic coach at StudyToThrive.com. 


She has a Masters Degree in Education and has multiple life and academic coaching qualifications. She loves learning and continually strives to learn more and improve herself, both personally and professionally.


"I believe in the power of education and learning combined with having a coach to ensure we apply that education to create real change in our lives that leads us to know better, do better and therefore, live a better and more full life."


Candice is also a passionate netball player and coach who loves being active and spending time with family and friends.

Email address: studytothrive@gmail.com

Candice Preston

Whole brain trainer and facilitator

(Western cape licensee)

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Lucinda Jansen

Lucinda Jansen has over 10 years experience teaching children and teenagers. Her understanding of her students combined with her drive to help them succeed in their academics makes her a powerful teacher and trainer.

Lucinda believes that students need support when it comes to their academics and knowing how best to learn. She is committed to training students in the most effective learning and studying methods that produce real results. Lucinda is a wife and mother to two beautiful children and resides in Western Cape.


Together with studytothrive.com, Lucinda is empowering students in their academics and lives to not only learn the best methods for studying but to actually apply these and get the result they want. With Whole Brain Learning methods students achieve better results, improve their self-confidence and motivation and develop their vital higher order thinking skills.

Email address: studytothrivecaptetown@gmail.com



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The Business Centre 
Design Quarter
Nicol Grove Office Park

Hours of operation 

Mon-Thu: 8AM to 5PM

Friday: 9AM to 4PM

Sat-Sun: Closed

Telephone . +27(0) 11 513 3529
Facsimile . +27 (0) 86 614 6981
Email: studytothrive@gmail.com

Postnet Suite 1
Private Bag x75