Exam Night Phenomenon among Students of Babol University of Medical Sciences, Iran


Somayeh Mohammadizad 1 , * , Mehran Aghapour-Joibary 2

1 PhD Student, Department of Higher Education Development Planning, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Kurdistan, Kurdistan, Iran, Iran

2 BA Student in Educational Sciences, Department of Educational Sciences, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Mazandaran, Sari, Iran, Iran

How to Cite: Mohammadizad S , Aghapour-Joibary M . Exam Night Phenomenon among Students of Babol University of Medical Sciences, Iran, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2016 ; 13(4):e57627.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 13 (4); e57627
Published Online: November 02, 2016
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 05, 2017
Accepted: April 04, 2016




Background & Objective: The exam night phenomenon is a phenomenon observed among Iranian students in recent years. This means that students study the lessons offered during the term only on the night before the exam. The aim of this study was to investigate students’ views and reasons regarding the exam night ‎phenomenon of night.

Methods: This qualitative study was conducted through phenomenological method and purposive sampling. The participants consisted of BSc students of Babol University of Medical Sciences (Iran) who had completed at least two half semesters and had experienced the exam night phenomenon. Data were collected through in-depth, semi-structured interviews, and analyzed using open coding

and a deep coding.

Results: The 3 main themes of personal problems (mental preoccupation, lack of motivation, student’s personality, working while studying, and study methods), educational issues (teacher, textbooks, interest in courses and the field of study, and compact classes and the resulting fatigue), and implicit issues (university atmosphere, family, and the influence of friends) were effective in the exam night phenomenon.

Conclusion: According to the results, the exam night phenomenon and its effective factors is an important issue which affects the students’ study method, final score, and many other issues.


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