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Study and exam techniques – a collection

This is a collection of New Zealand websites that provide support, tips, and techniques for studying. Some advice relates to study at any time of the year, some specifically to study for exams, and some to exam techniques. Although some sites are for tertiary students, the study principles are the same whatever level of education students are working in. We have selected the links most relevant to secondary students.


The Studyit website provides NCEA information, practical advice for undertaking various standards, study and examination advice, and online communication with tutors and other students in NCEA maths, science, English, and other subjects.


NZQA resources to help students with study and exams.

Open Polytechnic, Kuratini Tuwhera

The Open Polytechnic, Kuratini Tuwhera, has a collection of very useful tips for students on how to study, on memorisation, and on sitting exams. Below is a selection of pages which secondary students should find useful.

Massey University, Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa

Massey University, Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa, a tertiary site, provides valuable information on study and exam techniques.

Other websites

These websites are dedicated to providing study and exam advice to science students.

  • Pass NCEA Biology contains, as its name suggests, comprehensive notes on all levels of NCEA Biology, along with a section on study skills.
  • No Brain too Small is similar, except it covers all the sciences including junior science. It has revision notes, flash cards, test yourself activities and power points.