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Study and exam techniques – a collection

This collection of mainly New Zealand based websites provides support, tips, and techniques for studying. Links have been selected based on relevance to secondary students, but the principles are the same regardless of the education level students are working at. The information covers study for exams, exam techniques, as well as general study throughout the year.


The Studyit website provides NCEA information, 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.

Research on study techniques

These research-based tips provide useful advice for students on the best ways to study, and will also have implications for in-class teaching. 

Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions From Cognitive and Educational Psychology - John Dunlosky, Katherine A. Rawson, Elizabeth J. Marsh, Mitchell J. Nathan, and Daniel T. Willingham (January 7, 2013)

This research article is from the Association for Psychological Science. In the monograph, the authors discuss ten learning techniques in detail and offer recommendations about their relative utility. They selected techniques that were expected to be relatively easy to use and hence could be adopted by many students. 

The Nine Best Scientific Study Tips

This Youtube video has useful advice for students on the do's and don'ts of study.

Six Strategies for Effective Learning

This page on the Learning Scientists' website allows readers access to resources about each of the six strategies: Spaced practice, Retrieval practice, Elaboration, Interleaving, Concrete Examples and Dual Coding. Materials include posters, power points, bookmark guides, videos and blog posts. The website is useful for students and teachers.

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 that secondary students should find useful.

Massey University | Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa

Massey University |Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa provides valuable information on study and exam techniques.

Science study websites

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

  • Pass NCEA Biology contains comprehensive notes on all levels of NCEA Biology, along with a section on study skills.
  • No Brain Too Small covers all the sciences including junior science. It has revision notes, flashcards, test yourself activities and power points.