Biology is one of the most popular STEM classes on the planet. But as a mandatory school subject, it can be seriously tough!
Studying biology from pre-made Anki decks is one of the best ways to help get past the difficulty.
The digital flashcards in each of the following decks help you memorize the high-yield material needed for success at varying educational levels.
The Best Biology Anki Decks
The 6 decks we’ll be covering are:
- Fleecesnatcher’s NEET UG Biology (best for images)
- AP Biology + Alberta Biology 30 Diploma (best for fundamental concepts)
- MileDown MCAT Biology (most comprehensive)
- Campbell Biology Deck (Best AP Biology Prep)
- A-Level/GCSE Biology Anki Decks (best for UK exam prep)
- DAT Bootcamp Biology Anki Decks (wide range of resources covered)
Each of these decks is formatted and structured differently, suiting those with varied learning styles. They also differ in size, meaning some will be faster to run through than others.
We recommend taking a look at each and checking out the card examples first before downloading.
We’ve also included some helpful biology learning resources at the end of this article too!
Fleecesnatcher’s NEET-UG Biology Anki Deck
|Deck Type||NEET-UG Biology|
|Year of Upload||2021|
|Download size||17.5 MB|
|Download link||Download Fleecesnatcher’s NEET-UG Biology here|
This deck contains 4326 cards which may seem a lot. But it is comprehensive!
Many of the cards are high-yield images with arrows pointing to key features.
If you are preparing for the NEET pre-medical exam then this is definitely one you should consider! It covers questions from the NCERT and all relevant information for NEET preparation.
The cards are formatted in a basic style with minimal information per card.
One user recommends doing your usual cards in the following way:
- Adding any additional MCQs from NCERT everyday (that are missing)
- Re-reading NCERT
- Doing MCQ questions
It helped them achieve good results!
The cards are perfect for visual learners as they incorporate lots of images.
Here we can see the shapes of different types of bacteria. A handy feature is despite the card using image occlusion on one box; if you hover over “Toggle Masks”, all boxes are simultaneously revealed.
Here’s a similar card highlighting the different components of a bacteriophage…
As this deck is so huge it’s likely more than enough for most AP, A-level, or other further education biology courses too!
AP Biology Anki Deck (Alberta Biology 30 Diploma)
|Deck Type||AP Biology + Alberta Biology 30 Diploma|
|Year of Upload||2016|
|Download size||19.4 MB|
|Download link||Download AP Biology (Alberta Biology 30) here|
For those preparing for the AP Biology Exam or the Biology 30 (Alberta curriculum), this deck is ideal.
It has 1516 cards. The creator used cloze deletion type cards and image occlusion to promote active recall and allows you to picture the image in your head.
The deck doesn’t have the best organization. It is split into individual subtopics meaning you must consistently work on it everyday to get all topics covered.
Using image occlusion techniques (pictured above) can be really effective to trigger your memory and improve your overall anatomical knowledge of the heart.
Something important in any bio course!
MileDown MCAT Biology
|Deck Type||MCAT Biology|
|Year of Upload||2016|
|Required Plugins||Hierarchical Tags 2|
|Download size||227 MB|
|Download link||Download MileDown MCAT Anki deck here|
Despite being a comprehensive MCAT review deck (at 2900 cards), only 604 of these are what you would need to cover for the MCAT Biology section.
The cards themselves were created from a 90 page PDF that reviews key MCAT biology concepts and a 300 page Khan Academy document.
The cards are mostly in the cloze format, with external links to Khan Academy or YouTube.
If you’re interested in more MCAT preparation, check out our article on the Best MCAT Anki Decks. All the decks there have exceptional biology subdecks that are great for those who are studying for the subject!
Here’s a taster of the biology-centered flashcards you’ll find in this deck:
Knowing the difference in hemoglobin content between adults and children is a high yield concept. This graph highlights the differences and would be good to remember for the final exams!
Here’s another example…
Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a more niche concept that is not always taught well in college. But this deck does a solid job of it!
Campbell Biology Anki Deck
|Deck Type||Campbell Biology Deck|
|Year of Upload||2021|
|Download size||2.9 MB|
|Download link||Download Campbell Biology Anki Deck|
This is a recent Anki deck from this year. It contains 2000 cards.
The deck is based on the glossary of Campbell Biology. Many students recommend this textbook as the best AP Biology Preparation book. It can be used both for the exam and for class as it is incorporated into a lot of college courses.
Check out the sample card below (they make full use of illustrations and tables from the book):
The subject of this card is “Acid”- the author described the term as well as including an image of the pH scale. The examples for each pH value are a nice touch to help you get to grips with this key biology concept.
The depth of this deck provides enough foundational information to help you score well in almost any biology undergrad level course.
A-Level/GCSE Biology Anki Decks (UK)
|Deck Type||A-Level/GCSE Biology Anki Decks (UK)|
|Year of Upload||2019|
|Download size||1.2 MB|
|Download link||Download AQA A-Level Biology Anki here|
For those studying Biology in the UK, this deck would be a good one to consider.
It contains content and exam style questions from the AQA Biology (A Level studies) syllabus.
The cards are conveniently divided into separate exam papers; Paper 1, 2 and 3…
This is a sample card from Paper 1 (under Chapter 3.4 (DNA, Protein synthesis, meiosis and genetic diversity). It highlights the primary differences between DNA and mRNA which is a very high yield concept for students to know.
Then next card is designed for Paper 2 (under Chapter 3.5 (Photosynthesis, respiration, energy and the ecosystem)). You’ll see how nicely ad consistently each card is formatted…
In fact Anki is excellent for all UK biology A-Level and GCSE exam boards. Take a look at all the pre-made deck’s in AnkiWeb’s Biology section and you’ll find something to suit your exact needs.
DAT Bootcamp Biology Anki Decks
|Year of Upload||2021|
|Download size||N/A (multiple files)|
|Download link||Download DAT Biology Anki Deck|
This deck is ideal for those preparing for the Biology section of the Dental Admissions Test (DAT).
The author recommends beginning studying with the Bio Notes and Bio Bites, then moving on to the question banks and practice tests. There is also a PDF of the high yield notes for Biology required.These are all available on the website for free.
The deck is structured as follows…
The cards are basic format (with a question on the front and an answer on the back).
This is a card from the “Cells and Organelles” deck asking for the 3 most common types of membrane proteins…
Knowing how to define simple terms like “offspring” is often tested on examinations as students can forget to cover the basics.
This next card does that!
Additional Biology Resources
There are several other platforms for learning biology besides Anki.
Depending on how far into the subject you wish to go, each of these resources goes into varying depth.
Recommended Biology Flashcards
Considered the “gold standard” analog biology flashcard resource, this set from Barron’s is 450-cards deep and even includes practice questions!
Recommended Biology Textbooks
Although it’s not necessary to study the subject from textbooks, the following recommendations can be a nice supplement to digital flashcards.
For students at any educational-level, anywhere in the world, this is the biology learning resource for you.
Each chapter guides you through the basics of biology, building your knowledge (and testing it) as you go. The self-teaching practice questions (with answers) also help you identify the high-yield points of the subject most exams will be built around.
At 1034 pages this is perhaps the only biology resource you’ll ever likely to need in paperback.
Suitable for both high school and college-based study this has some of the best tables, figures and diagrams in any biology book you’ll likely to ever come across.
Looking for a book that breaks down the huge monster subject that is biology into bite-size accessible units? This is it!
Created by the editors of Brain Quest, this book is perfect for high school biology and great for estabilishing the foundations at undergrad too.
Awesome YouTube-based learning resource for learning key biology concepts. The playlist is 76 videos long but just as good as any textbook!
Taught by the charismatic Mr Anderson!
Where To Find More Anki Biology Decks
We highly recommend going on AnkiWeb.net and looking at the biology section.
You can filter your results to see the most recent and most relevant pre-made Anki biology decks for your studies.
Why Use An Anki Biology Pre-Made Deck?
- Excellent free resource
- Saves time making your own cards while covering the most high yield principles
- Gives you more time to do practice questions!
Top Tips For Using Anki Biology Flashcard Decks
There can be lots of information on some cards which can be overwhelming. Our top tip is to keep it SIMPLE and make sure you are actively practicing cards on a regular basis.
Keep reviewing the cards where possible, i.e. once you have finished your set for the day, briefly make a mental note or write down where your study session ended.
If you’re studying from a large multi-subject pre-made Anki deck, make sure you use tags and suspend (ctrl + J) all other cards outside of the usual biology topics.
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