Leeds West Academy


Revision Guidance

The LWA Guide to success in your examinations


The Leeds West Academy Revision Guide is available both online and as a handy printed reference guide.

The guide been created to help students achieve the best possible exam results this summer. Putting plans in place now and spreading revision over the coming weeks will be much more effective than trying to cram your revision immediately before your exams.


To view or download a  PDF of the guide, click here.

Bound copies of the LWA Revision Guide are available throughout the Academy. Speak to your tutor or contact Student Reception for more details.

LWA Big 6 Revision Tips

Mr Rand is sharing six proven techniques that will result in high-quality learning. Known as the LWA Big 6, following these tips will directly improve learning outcomes for students as well as adult learners.

Download the PDF version of The LWA Big 6.

1.Make time

Create time in your evenings and weekends to revise regularly.

-Create a revision timetable and stick to it.
-Revise in 30-minute chunks and then break.
-Revise additional content (on top of your set homework) that you studied last week/month/year.
-Keep practising recalling the knowledge. Do it again and again.
-Revise away from other distractions (like your phones)

2.Recall from memory

Write or say everything you know about a topic, without looking at your notes.


-Read a revision guide/your notes and then re-write everything you can without looking. How much can you remember?
-Do the same task a day and then a week later. Check back at the guide to see what you missed. Then do it again.

With a friend, parent or carer:
-Give them the revision guide/your notes and ask them to ask you questions on the core knowledge. How much can you recall? Can you answer all of their questions accurately?

3.Condense it down

Take a lot of knowledge, then make it smaller (but so that you could still expand it again in its entirety).

-Turn 100 words into 30 words OR Turn 1 long quote into 1 word
-Make a mind-map but only write down key facts and words
-Memorise acronyms
-Create flashcards

4.Visual variety

Use colour and images to help you remember key factual information.

-Revise using different colours and colour-code your topics.
-Draw small pictures next to your annotations.
-Turn your bedroom, home, bathroom into a revision palace by sticking mind-maps on the walls.
-Stick up annotated post-it notes all over your bedroom/house.

5.Perfect past papers/practice questions

Completing past papers are excellent ways to test whether you can apply your knowledge and skills.

-Complete an additional past paper/question at home.
-Check whether you can do it without looking at notes.
-Check whether you can do it in the right amount of time.

6. The Technology Type

-Use your phone or your computer to support revision.
-Use an app e.g. Gojimo/Memrise
-Use GCSE Bitesize
-Record yourself and listen back to what you could recall