Kia Ora Biologists. Pass Biology Learning Hub mixes NCEA Language and examples with online interactive resources. Helping students pass exams since 2011!

This website is constantly being updated to help all students in New Zealand understand and enjoy biology and of course help you pass your NCEA exams all for FREE. Currently we are getting on average 600 individual users a day which is great and leading up to exams this spikes to over 1200 users a day (based on the last couple of years), if you use the site please like it on Facebook and spread the word. If you find something helpful to you studies online please email it to me to add, you can find my email here. 2014 exam content is currently being added and make sure you read the blog below.

Pass Biology is looking for more online collaborators and content creators. If you are a secondary teacher or tertiary student and want to be part of making the Pass Biology resource better for students then please think about being part of the team. Pass Biology is getting to the point where one person just isn’t enough.  If you are interested in being part of the new group that manages and grows the website please send me a message at

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Study Skills

Biology, just what is biology? 

How can there be seedless grapes and bananas, and how do they reproduce? Where did we come from? Why is carbon monoxide extremely poisonous? Why can't you tickle yourself? What causes the smell after rain? How do vitamins work? What's all this fuss about stem cells? What makes us yawn? Why are frogs growing extra legs out of their legs? Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Biology is the study of living things and their vital processes. Because biology covers such a large area, it has been traditional to separate the study of plants (botany) from that of animals (zoology), and the study of structure of organisms (morphology) from that of function (physiology). Despite their apparent differences, all the subdivisions are interrelated by basic principles, so current practice tends to investigate those biological phenomena that all living things have in common. The advancement of knowledge and technology has resulted in further categorizations that include, but are far from restricted to: cell biology, population biology, ecology, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, agriculture and physical anthropology. You are on the path to learning about most of these fields. Isn't it exciting!! I think so.

Hints to use this site

If you see text that is green this is from a previous years exam and covers the main points for that key word. Look out for these. Make time for revision and spend the time on the areas you are not strong in. Its easy to revise what you already know. 
As you work through the site make a mind-map or set of notes. It will help you learn the content. Here is a great reading from nobraintoosmall about note taking.


Windows or Mac computers, Android devices are great to use while studying. Ipads/ Iphone/ Ipods and Apple devices cannot show the flash animations (unless you find a flash capable browser) which is a huge feature of this site. You can still watch videos and open the PowerPoints. If your looking for something different try a Google Chromebook. They are awesome for schoolwork. Tell your teachers about this site and they might even let you use it in class!

Other excellent sites (Only the best make it here) - Excellent publisher of Biology and Science Study guides and supporter of this site, thanks scipad! - Great site for all senior science. Use it! - Fantastic resources to help with your study
NCEA Biology - Resources and exam papers from previous years - Forums to ask questions, very good!
Bioblog - Great for scholarship, interesting commentary of Biology around NZ.
Electronic flashcards - Awesome place to make flipcards and has a free app as well. - Source of the awesome cartoons found on this site. - Ask a biologist! What a cool idea.

Teachers - The Flipped classroom

The flipped classroom a form of blended learning in which students learn online by watching videos/ taking part in animations and reading notes and work on problem sets with other students in class. This approach allows teachers to spend more time interacting with students instead of lecturing. If you would like to find out more about this click the following link.

 Images from Creative Commons Library/ Cartoon use permission granted by Hayes Robert (Artist)