Top 10 Tips for Effective HESI Remediation

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HESI Review and Testing solutions give you incredible insight into the knowledge retention and the knowledge gaps of your students, and you can use those insights to help them improve in any weak areas to bolster their results. HESI is a powerful tool when it comes to remediation, and here are 10 tips to help you maximize the impact of HESI remediation.

  1. Make Remediation Part of Your Testing Policy
    Faculty can establish remediation expectations based on HESI Exam scores and should consider including this in a testing policy and syllabus. The policy should be specific (e.g., hours of remediation per score range, action plan development, use of HESI Case Studies, etc.) and consistently enforced. Share this policy with students as they enter the program.
  2. Have Students Take Ownership of Their Remediation
    Consider having students develop and take ownership of a personal remediation plan. Some faculty put this in the form of a “student contract” for remediation.
  3. Emphasize the Benefits of Remediation
    Teach students the value of remediation early so they understand the benefits. Be sure they are aware that HESI Exams provide online remediation that is tailored to their unique weaknesses after every proctored exam.
  4. Require Remediation and Retest
    If satisfactory scores are not achieved on HESI Exams, consider requiring that students remediate and then administer a second version of the proctored exam to assess if students learned from the remediation. This is the best way to evaluate if remediation efforts after the first exam made an impact.
  5. Coach At-Risk Students
    Identify “at-risk” students by HESI scores and assign them faculty mentors to encourage, monitor, and coach their remediation efforts and educational growth.
  6. Conduct a Live HESI Remediation Class
    Develop a live remediation review class after an exam based on the group’s weaknesses. This two or three hour session can be a supplement to individualized student remediation to reinforce key concepts that the group might have missed. You could also incorporate this session into a regular class after each HESI Specialty Exam to ensure that you are using your data to target the group’s educational needs.
  7. Foster One-on-One Faculty Involvement
    Consider ongoing faculty review of student remediation plans and contracts.
  8. Award Bonus Points for Remediation
    Assign points or a grade percentage to remediation (such as pass/fail or bonus points) and specify how completion of the remediation will be evaluated.
  9. Build a Study Packet
    Encourage students to use the Study Packet area of their online HESI remediation to compile content and information they need to review a second or third time. This Study Packet will help students better manage their remediation content.
  10. Allow Adequate Time for Remediation
    When administering a Version 1 and Version 2 of a HESI exam, be sure to build in time for remediation. Consider giving HESI Exit Exams up to 6 weeks prior to the end of the program to allow time for remediation activities that target student weaknesses.

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