Top Ten Hardest School Subjects


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For the majority of people, physics is very touch because it is applying numbers to concepts that can be very abstract. Electricity and Magnetism is just one example that can be taught during the first year. For me, physics is actually quite simple and it is very interesting when you fully understand it and its applications. If you fundamentally understand what is happening, sure equations are nice but you understand why the equation works, making it much easier to memorize instead of just guessing which equation to use. But for me Foreign Languages are the hardest to learn just because I could never take the time to learn another one. They say the best way to learn is to go to another country though.
I consider myself to be pretty good at math and science. I did great in calculus, biology, and chemistry, however physics was a different story. After taking it in high school I swore I would never put myself through it again, but after deciding to major in chemical engineering I took it once again in college. I thought I might understand it better the second time having already taken it a couple years prior. I didn't. Physics is just one of those subjects where you either get it or you don't. You have to be able to understand how to properly apply the equations you learn. There isn't really a set equation for any type of problem. Physics is a subject more about applying your knowledge rather than memorizing a bunch of information.
I agree physics is pretty difficult even for me


[Newest]I am so much interested in Science, but Physics, ! I hate it so much. The subject where they teach you about electronics an all. I'm 101% sure I'm failing in Physics this year!

2Foreign Language
everything my teacher says goes in through one ear, and out through the other...
My school doesn't even have a foreign language teacher. Instead, it's done on a computer program called "Apex". I don't even know why I'm taking it since I feel like I'm not learning. I personally think that it should be illegal to have computer-taught classes in regular school courses. They probably only do it like this just because it's cheaper. The things people do just to have more money 😠
Well, I live in Kuwait and they teach Arabic and French as foreign languages here. Although, I am a little young to study French, Arabic I don't know. I can read and write but in a test, I cannot understand anything. I just mug up the entire lesson and its exercises which is the soul reason why I score good marks.


[Newest]I started learning Spanish, and after half a year I learned... Well, nothing.

I'm failing this class right now with a 53 :(
This one is very hard. I failed that annoying subject


If Calculus is so hard, and it is -I took it three times and failed three times, why is it a requirement in any major worth taking? Do they not have an easier alternative?
[Newest]To abstract to understanding. Even physics is more down to earth

Have you ever looked at the page and thought "I can do this" well in chemistry you never get this feeling, also what is with di-poles?
There are so many rules and exceptions, and lot of memorization!
If I could've passed Chemistry in high school, I would've been a veterinarian; instead I'm a high school teacher. They can be animals, but at least I don't have to see their blood!
[Newest]There are hundreds of formulas that are related to math! This is not math!

It is so hard, because it's all about literature and I am not good at it. It is though enough to deal with it and to be right. Old British literature work way too super hard. I think it is better to have English classes in two options, one the part of grammar and modern real life economy English, or if someone wants to take literature then ok. But don't let the student to be forced to take literature classes, otherwise there is too much problem for them
I didn't find it too difficult, however it is hard to do well if the subject is just SO boring! Grammar and Vocab aren't too bad, but dumb literature stuff that no one cares about is an honest waste of time. As long as you can speak it and don't plan on majoring in the subject (what does an English major do anyway? ), its a complete waste of time in high school
Too much grammar rules, and I get confused a lot from the British grammar mixed with the American grammar, who's idea was it to make it this way? Grey and gray, armor and armour... Not only that the quotation rules are a lot different too. There's also a style of writing you have to follow! Even if you write it in that style, it can be consider not "good enough" if you didn't add creativity.
[Newest]Well, my English is fluent and all. And its not that bad. But the Grammar part, where they teach all the tenses and in the higher classes they teach those old fashioned English words which most of rulers used to use and all. But overall, it fine.


This the most difficult subject in the branch of science because we have learn it by heart. And lot of the terms are taken from either latin or greek which is really difficult to memorise
Because we have to rote it. It;s futile It is very bad. I think we should remove it out. It is good for those who can rote very well. In my class there is a boy who also remembers mathematics questions.
I can do Physics, Chemistry and Maths easily, but Biology always drove me up the wall; having to remember a long, long DNA pattern that drove me crazy.


[Newest]I hate Biology, I mean only the plants stuff in it. About the Human body and all, it is a bit interesting and very easy!

I agree. Trigonometry is so hard. At least with the other math subjects they are built on things you have learned in the past. With Trigonometry, there is about one day of review, and everything else is new. I had straight-As in college before taking this subject. It was a good thing I dropped the class, but now, I have a W (Withdrawal/Fail) on my college transcript.
So frustrating. If you don't understand something completely, your done for. The sad thing is: you either get it or you don't. In order to ace a test you must have near complete mastery over what you have been taught. Countless times I've taken an exam believing that I would do well, but in the end receiving a terrible score. You must be excellent at math to do well in this subject.
If there's a subject that you can barely pronounce, then you KNOW it's gonna be hard.
[Newest]This is the subject I will never forgive maths as a whole, it made its women laugh out loud! Maths showed me whose the man when it came to trig

I had to take Algebra in 7th grade because of a 6th grade placement test, and let me just say that it is not the easiest thing in the world! Try going from the simplistic 6th grade math, where the only "algebra" you were doing were incredibly simple equations with just one or two variables, to much harder equations that included negative numbers, multiple variables on both sides of the equation, and much more complex formulas that you had to learn! It made no sense to me at first, until I finally understood the weird rules as to how everything all works. Now I passed the final exam with flying colors and am hoping Geometry in 8th grade will go a lot smoother for me.
Me too! And I'm taking Pre Cal right now (trigonometry) my sophomore year and trust me, geometry was so much easier because it was based review from algebra 1 and a little more but if you're good with that, algebra 2 will be a little more challenging
Letters are for english.. Numbers are for science.. Dear algebra, I have my own problems, I really don't need to solve yours.. Love, (not really) me
Very easy subject if you tell me. Especially FOIL. I personally LOVE math
[Newest]It's just hards I'm not the best at math

Why exactly is this all seemingly based on the level of the subject studied at school? School curricula are extremely unreliable and maths in school is so dumbed down it's ridiculous. A levels were better but still didn't show what maths is really like! It demands an extremely deep understanding, which makes it both challenging and enjoyable! As for it being so far dwn whilst physics is at the top, pah! I took out a book which started with the proof for special relativity and worked through the proof-and save the fact that I didn't know about Einstein's s=cp equation (which looking back is fairly obvious, considering the way the rest of the proof worked with regard to the relationship between time and the speed of light), I understood most of it. And that was in sixth form. And yet I struggle with some problems in analysis, and just the number of leaps in logic you have to make to understand how corollaries are derived from theorems! Maths is harder than physics, and if curricula had really represented it properly it would probably be top on the list-since you actually have to UNDERSTAND the theorems you learn. Yes, there are theorems which can take up entire pages, not just equations. Wait till you get to uni, then if you study maths you'll soon notice the difference.
Math is just so damn hard/...
I don't think just one subject of Math is the hardest, for me IT'S JUST MATH that's hard. And History is easy.
[Newest]Along with the one who invented Algebra, this guy would be in hell too! It is so damn bull! And plus, I just can't manage to remember the + - thing!

Must Be Removed From School Curriculum... It is the worst subject I should say... It Depends On Your Memorizing quality for those unnecessary dates...

Best is PCM... , I should say. Mathematics is my favourite subject. "Mathematics Is Not A Maser To Be Afraid Of, But A Servant To Be Of Help". Really, Mathematics Is Like A Game...
It is really hard because you need to memorize all those necessary names, dates and places. If you don't understand history, you're never gonna pass this subject.
Noo, I love History! All about the previous rulers and all. However, some chapters are boring!


[Newest]Its like so dang hard bra

The Contenders

In school I failed Philosophy with the lowest grade allowed in my school... 05E... My teacher told me she didn't give me a lower grade cause she wasnt allowed to...

Writing is just a way to criticize someone's hard earned unique skill.
I'm writing laugh out loud
No matter what you write they say there is something wrong
Ohh noo... I am very good at writing! Very very very very good! (sorry for the self appreciation) Writing is easy! Just imagination is important!


very hard to memorize those bones, muscles and theres plenty of them. when you draw it it is equivalent to algebra
The sup. Ex will dissolve when the abdomen is fresh.

Science can be really hard too
Science is hard. But it is good!


Proofs made math go from my favorite to my least favorite subject in school.
Geometry is a hard subject to understand, but it depends on how you look at it.
Favorite subject. Tremendous yoke.


Accountancy is the second hard subject after physics dude!
Accounting way harder than physics when you in to charterd accounting..
It's hard but it's interesting and fun.
[Newest]It is hardest subject in the world

PE is just dumb. I mean, yeah we need exercise, but still, PE is the most un-needed subjects ever! The teachers are nice but that's where the "nice" ends. If we are doing a competitive thing and you mess up ONE BIT, all the other kids get very mad. And then there is the fitness testing. The stupid fitness testing. 1st, other KIDS grade it, not teachers, so it isn't 100% accurate, let alone 20%. 2nd, if you mess up, you don't get a second chance! UGH! When PE is over, I am the first one out the doors.
don't need to be embarrassed thank you D;
PE stands for Physical Education. It should stand for Persecution and Excrutiation!
I don't need it, for crying out loud! It gives you a heart attack, even if you are athletic, they give you no rest, and has no intellectual advantage whatsoever!
Why do I have to learn it?! Why must I suffer in every torturous and useless lesson?!
I have plenty of exercise already, everyone does, but this is just suicide, putting your body under stress that will eventually put your leg in a plaster and your arm where your other leg used to be!
[Newest]PE is awesome! We can play all sorts of games! And exercises are not those kinds for us. Like you that weight lifting and all. It is all fun! 1

19Algebra II
I agree. This subject is so damn useless, I feel like removing it from Math, and being the first person on earth to save people from this demon known as Algebra!


This math is just completely ridicules. Honestly how often are you going to need to apply the concepts that you "learn" in this class to real life. It's really just a waste of time. There is no need for this subject.

20Organic Chemistry
Hardest class I ever took. Honorable mentions: Microbiology, Architecture and Biochemistry
It's all of the problems you had in regular chemistry, but now the difficulty is 3x harder and filled with unneeded complications.

21Social Studies
Oh one of my favorite. Subjest...
It's so hard to understand History and Gas and things
It is a nice subject, especially history and geography!


I go to a caltholic school but I'm not catholic and everything is just plain hard and confusing. I currently have a F- in this class
Well, I am a Muslim and in my school they teach Islamic and all, so boring. I mean, you know!


This would be a drag for regular tone-deaf kids wanting to get it over with. But for the 1% of musically gifted students, this is paradise! Am I right?
Not so great unless if you are Charice or someone else super talented.
Yeah, kind of boring unless you are super-talented!



I can't get the letters right.


It's not a sport not really a subject it would probably go with P.E.


Embarassment is obvious for some
It's so embarresing! People might going tom make gossips about you (*_*)
And dancing it's not really my thing! Dancing infront of everyone is worser than dieing!

To me it's super hard cause I don't know how to speak or read in spanish.

29Additional Mathematics
I never had failed Physics but always failed add math...
It is crazy hard!

With consistently little to basis in reality, almost totally abstract, metaphysics is extremely difficult in that you can not just memorize or go by a formula, you really have to think, other subjects are similar to your brain going for a jog as metaphysics is powerlifting, you are really forced to THINK when given such broad concepts as being, knowing, reality, etc.



For people like me who don't have any artistic talents this subject can be really hard.
Art theory is extremely hard!

This is difficult - people just think its all using computer programs and rulers! I am in my 4th year at secondary school and am doing the work that 5th years are doing but that's just because I love the subjext and work really hard.


36Integrated Science

Cooking is hard, but if you take the time to do it it can come out in happiness don't rush it it is like art don't RUSH IT


This must be the worst subject ever! Even worse than ancient greek

Arrgh, I hate Handwriting! Plus, my school is an Australian School so I have to write in a certain Handwriting!

41Child Care

Writing it is very hard

43European History




47Visual Imagery
VI is a photo class and students are required to buy expensive cameras ( no smart phones). This class requires CREATIVITY and I am not creative! Hard iMac X Photoshop!

Now we have calculators so whats the need to do calculations on abacus

49Business Studies
Business is interesting but there is a lot to mug up!


50Moving Image Arts

Too boring. Cannot even understand the teacher's accent!




54Engineering Graphics & Design




58Music Theory

59Physical Science
Whenever I do a lab, we always get out of class 5 minutes late.

The basics of economics is in fact not too hard as it is composed of theory and a very basic knowledge of calculus. But once you add microfoundations to various theoretical models it become much harder as a very sound knowledge of math and econometrics (basically statistics) is required to understand and utilize the models
Economics is okay but a lot to mug up!


Economics is dry but has a scope

It's just so boring, I mean, Shakespeare is cool and all but I think the teachers must have put more thought into analyzing than Shakespeare himself... :(
Literature is so boring. that's why I chose to do English 101/102 for college credit. Now I am stuck at home on Friday nights writing papers on advertisements and immigration.
This subject should be completely removed from schools. It doesn't have any important use in life. Those who like it may choose it as an optional subject

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