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 always loved science since I was a kid. It has always been my favorite area in school as I am very curious person by nature, and I tend do be quite good at it. I had straight A's in all my bio and chem classes throughout my school years so far, and so when I first took a physics class I thought it would be easy (considering math was also easy for me).

I can still remember it perfectly: The second semester of 9th grade, the semester in which I was introduced to physics. I remember being so confused by everything. So many formulas, so many concepts, so many calculations. I never fully understood physics when I began taking it that year, but I managed to pass it with a good grade by simply applying formulas. This year in 10th grade, I decided to take physics again (the entire year this time) just so that I can complete physics forever (or at least until I graduate from highschool). This new level of physics is 9.9x10^99 times harder, and I feel like my head is going to explode after every single class. I cannot understand, let alone remember, all of these concepts about kinematics, electricity, quantum physics, etc. It is way too much for me. Physics is definitely the hardest class I ever took.
[Newest]Physics is hard because you have to apply your knowledge in different situations in which sometimes you will be required to rearrange formulas or there are several steps before you get the answer
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2Foreign Language
everything my teacher says goes in through one ear, and out through the other...
How is this second? Physics, chemistry and any other math or science class is much harder than this. Math and science are also more important.
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 failed my Chinese in rows

I am an honors student in college who was looking to major in Environmental Science with an Emphasis in Biology, but this course convinced me to change my major. Intro chem and the first semester of general chemistry weren't hard, and I got an A grade in both. However, I failed the second semester of general chemistry twice. The second semester of general chemistry is PURE HELL. I have never had a class that was so difficult and so stressful as this one. You know a class is hard when it's harder than your precalculus math class (which isn't that bad as long as you work hard and make sure your algebra and trigonometry is strong). Chemistry takes any concepts you learned in algebra and combines them with abstract concepts. While the first semester of general chemistry built up on concepts your learned in intro chem, the second semester is almost entirely new material with a constant stream of difficult and tedious work coming at you 50 miles a minute. The first semester of general chemistry had a lot of work, too, but at least you've seen most of it before, so you won't be completely left in the dark. If you're poor at math, forget it. Don't even bother taking the class. Even if you're decent at math there are plenty of concepts that will tie your mind in knots. Enjoy solving math equations with kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, and my personal least favorite:buffers. If you experience burnout or sickness during the semester, kiss any chance you had of passing this class goodbye. Honestly, unless you're a STEM major, don't even bother taking this class. If you do take this class, be prepared to work your butt off.
There are so many rules and exceptions, and lot of memorization!
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?
[Newest]Chemistry is all about chemicals and you don't really like see this chemicals much in real life

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]What you think calculus is hard, are you serious! People in India can do calculus in their heads. crazy... I know man.

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.
I have a B in this subject, and I'm killing myself stressing out over it. I am actually one of the best in my class in math (though it's by far my worst subject) and I don't like my bad grade one bit. Math seriously makes me feel like I have a learning disability. I have ADHD, which causes attention deficit problems, and I have a REALLY hard time paying attention, math in particular. This subject is torturing me from the inside and out. This is also the first year I've had problems with math. I feel like the only one who doesn't understand something. I also don't think memorizing the number Pi is going to help with anything. (And yet, more decimal numbers than I ever care to count of Pi are stuck in my brain. Pi pays little advantage to my school work. ) I am very intelligent when compared with others my age, but math makes me feel like I have the intelligence of Justin Bieber.


Quite literally the only subject I'm "failing" (B+, but it still really bothers me). The hardest part is that I don't hate math. I actually quite enjoy solving equations and word problems. I'm just so bad at it! I can't think logically and the numbers seem to float aimlessly in my head. I struggle in this class and I clearly won't be going into a mathematical profession. Rather than embarrassing me in class because I can't answer something that seems basic to everyone else, just teach me what I need to know for life. Sure, every job requires math, but basic math and easily calculated math. It's not practical to keep shoving numbers where they don't need to be.


[Newest]The way to get A+ in Maths is solve each problem 9-10 times.

Biology is ludicrous. It's literally a ton of pointless information thrown together for you to memorize and try to figure out. Thank god they give you graphs- that is, if the graphs were decipherable by people who didn't already know what they were talking about. Biology also loves to make a habit of talking about certain vocabulary words before ever introducing them, from what I've seen.
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
Umm... If you hate learning biology by heart, than does that mean you don't remember to breath, eat, and drink by heart? I know biology pretty well because I always study animals, but without it, we won't be here. What if you get lost? Bio- means life, so everything that is living is biology. If you study biology about at least plants and animals and the main things to do with them, then you're good to go. Biology is not about the tests either. It's about life... And how to survive... And help other living things.
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]Man, you have to KEEP ON studying biology. So much you should study.

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
Math is easy. It's just memorization and logic. You know fun stuff. History is easy. It happened. Read about it and remember. Science is easy. Use the scientific method and remember stuff.

English on the other hand is not well defined and always changing. With the rules and terms always seeming to contradict each other in a way only a mad man could understand. My final point- English is odd and difficult. That it would criticize my use of informal language.
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
[Newest]It's easy. Just read a bunch of stories. (apart from grammar)

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]It is again, easy,

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...
History is worst subject. It only make us a bookworm. Best subjects are Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Biology which make our understanding, our knowledge much better and changes our ways to see the object or things around us.
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.
[Newest]I hate history. Point blank.

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 is the worst subject possible all the numbers and letters, seriously they should not be mixed, why do school make us take this? Next time if I get asked to find x I will just draw and arrow towards x and say here it is, this is by far the most terrible subject possible

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I am a pretty good math student. Passing my math classes with all A's, but when this came around it was horrible! I couldn't understand any of it! My eyes would see shapes and figures, but my mind just couldn't grasp anything it asked me to do. I don't know why, but I found algebra easier than this...
Can't do Geometry just no no. Damn hard ass class I have every other math but I can't do this class just can't
Proofs made math go from my favorite to my least favorite subject in school.
Proofs aren't that bad. It isn't that much math, but it's a heck of a lot of writing. But when you get to the Law of Sines and the Law of Cosines... that's when it is the "hard" part of geometry (Algebra is loads harder).


very hard to memorize those bones, muscles and theres plenty of them. when you draw it it is equivalent to algebra
I knew someone who took anatomy, and the had to take tests in LATIN? What does Latin have to do with the human body?


The sup. Ex will dissolve when the abdomen is fresh.

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


Physics is the best


It's hard but it's interesting and fun.
Accountancy is the second hard subject after physics dude!
It is very hard but very important
[Newest]It is hardest subject in the world

15Algebra 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.

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

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...

Difficult subject to study, full of theorems, analysis, lot of things in this paper

19Social Studies
Oh one of my favorite. Subjest...
It's so hard to understand History and Gas and things
One of the most time-consuming subjects ever. Takes a lot of time to study



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
[Newest]I love writing it is so easy

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.
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!
don't need to be embarrassed thank you D;
[Newest]I love Physical Education. I just dislike the teacher. You know what? He slaps our faces, pulls our collar, shoves us onto the ground if you make a mistake.


23Engineering Graphics & Design

24Organic Chemistry
Hardest class I ever took. Honorable mentions: Microbiology, Architecture and Biochemistry
Interesting subject, I love to make structural diagrams and naming hence, nomenclature


It's all of the problems you had in regular chemistry, but now the difficulty is 3x harder and filled with unneeded complications.

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!


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


No I'm sorry but dance is a sport thank you very much

27Computer Programming
The information just looks extremely complicated.
By far the hardest.
I am a senior in highschool. I have a 4.2 weighted gpa, and I have been talking a lot of honors and AP classes. And by far computer programming was the hardest class I have ever took in my life. DO NOT take this class if you are not experienced with programming!

Is health a school subject? No? Really? Answer me imedietly once you've found out.

I love listening to music but I hate learning about it. It's so boring. I want to jump out a window and kill my self! It is so hard to hear your self playing guitar when 7 other people are playing the same song as you. Never take Music class unless you have a passion for it!
In music all we do is play some flipping hard song on keyboards. That's it. Can we at least choose a song and perform it on a keyboard? Or how about choosing our own music genre to study? WHY THE FLIP DO I NEED TO LEARN ABOUT THE BLUES? COME ON, WHAT USE IS THAT?


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?

30Earth 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
For us, once they allowed to eat the cooked food.


I love food nothing wrong with this subject

For people like me who don't have any artistic talents this subject can be really hard.
Sculpting is incredibly hard.


Art theory is extremely hard!


I can't get the letters right.
This is the HARDEST! Do you even know how horrible I write? In exams, I always aim for 100 but end up getting 87 or 92. ALL DUE TO MY HANDWRITING!?!?!


They don't even teach Cursive anymore.




37Additional Mathematics
I never had failed Physics but always failed add math...
Why does this even exist? Laugh out loud!


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.


Latin is a little hard. I have a 100 in it, but all you need to do is pay attention. In first quarter I never listened and got mostly c's d's and f's. But then I listened and got a 93 to end the quarter. But I would much rather take Spanish than Latin.
This must be the worst subject ever! Even worse than ancient greek
It actually isn't. You just need to pay attention and it gets really easy. I had a 96, and right now in 4th quarter I have a 100.

It is very difficult
My handwriting in this, is not Good!
But I think I have improved it
Gonna leave this near year


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.


44Integrated Science

Writing it is very hard




Okay, so when I went to a private school, we had to learn Mandarin. Writing, speaking and reading it. After six months of going to a local, normal school I have forgotten 99% of what I learnt.



The worst part is that they don't allow you to use your own handwriting style.


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

52Child Care

53European History


55Visual 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

57Business Studies
Business is interesting but there is a lot to mug up!


58Moving Image Arts

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


If this was taught in English schools, I would say one thing: LEL! And that's for no reason. Spanish, French and English are my limits.


Average years to learn this language is 9!
Making it the most difficult language worldwide.




62Music Theory

63Physical Science
The physics and chemistry you learn in this class don't even carry over to future science classes.
Whenever I do a lab, we always get out of class 5 minutes late.

64Environmental Science

65Linear Algebra

We don't even need it! All day kids stay in front of their laptops.


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

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
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.
[Newest]Oh, literature is damn easy.

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