Top Ten Hardest School Subjects

As if school isn't hard enough, this list tells what is the hardest!!!

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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 ...more

I don't do it or never didi it because it seems and looks impossible

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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.

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. - archiesweirdmysteries

If you do an exam in Physics, and it's a horrible paper, the grade boundaries will reflect that. However, with languages, you find that a lot of native speakers are studying it for an easy grade so then the grade boundaries change very little, making it extremely difficult to get an A in.

"Really hard to translate something from your first language to the language you are studying."

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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 ...more

Science was actually my favorite subject as a kid. I always looked forward to going to my science class in middle school, for it was my best class. As a current freshman in high school, taking Chemistry Honors, I can now say that science is by far my least favorite subject. I have nothing against science, I simply don't like learning it. Here's why I find this subject difficult:

Chemistry isn't science on its own. Chemistry is actually a mixture of science and math. Now this doesn't really bother me because math isn't hard. However, it is one of the reasons why I find this subject difficult. Normally when you think of science you answer questions based off your own personal knowledge mixed with factual evidence you get from lessons and textbooks.With chemistry that sort of goes away. Because we bring math into the equation, questions in Chemistry will actually require you to think and work out the problem. Questions can differ greatly because of the different possible ways it ...more

There are so many rules and exceptions, and lot of memorization!

It's the hardest

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I'm failing this class right now with a 53 :(

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?

This one is very hard. I failed that annoying subject - ronluna

If high school students complain about the difficulty of calculus, what should I say when I learned it by the time I was 12 years old.

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Biology is by far the most fundamentally useful subject of all the sciences. Being able to understand the logistics of life yields a more appreciative perspective on life. A through foundation of the complexity of life requires hard work though. Taking university courses in chemistry, physics and maths, I can say that biology required the most work to study. I enjoyed studying it the most as it was the most relevant to direct life. Learning about titrations and yields in chemistry, calculus and statistics in math and equations that explain motion in physics.. ALL are relevant but not to the point of biology. I can walk outside and understand every organism and see the beauty in what it holds. I invite any naysayers to look through a microscope at a wet elodea cell and tell me that cytoplasmic streaming isn't awe inspiring...tldr biology is the most work to understand but it's the most rewarding.

This class was excruciating. Definitely my lowest grade for all of my classes (Currently with a 73%) even though I get all A's for my Homework and Projects. I fail all of the tests due to them being hard as hell, and not to mention the useless information. The punnet squares, pedigree charts, and learning about what the muscles are is incredibly boring and just pointless. Too much information is thrown at you and if you're not interested in it you just can't retain the information. Definitely by far the hardest class. - Bl4zeTMG

Never in my life have I ever taken so many notes. Mostly its just the notes that teach us and not the teacher herself. She doesn't explain things she just expects us to memorize the notes word for word. I sit in the back of my class and realized almost everyone back here falls asleep almost right off the bat. I mean how could you not! Its nothing but looking at a powerpoint and filling in the blanks to a thing you are supposed to study from when you get home to when you get to school. Studying of course is key but teachers are there for a reason. You shouldn't rely on self teaching.

Full of descriptions, hard words, pronunciations, and also hard to memorize. I always get 40's.

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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

At least in science there is a wonder in it that makes it interesting. How did the universe form? Why are we here? What is the fate of the universe? Those types of things. The wonder in science makes it less difficult because I WANT to do it. I WANT to go to school to learn this. If school was optional, I would still take science classes.

But English is boring and painful which makes it more difficult. I DON'T WANT to do it. I DON'T WANT to analyze literature. Since I don't want to do it, it makes it so hard for me to pick up the pencil and finish the homework day after day.

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

I doubt any other major requires so much time and work

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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 ...more

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. - RockFashionista

Quite literally the only subject I'm "failing" (A-, 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. - keycha1n

Damn it! Mathematics

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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...

I love history. Maybe because I memorize things REALLY easily. It's history that gets me to love school. - Pony

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.

I don't like history... IT'S TOO HARD!

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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.

It is again, easy, - Ananya

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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...

I am deemed to be the best in math out of all my friends. I love math, it is my best subject, but then Geometry came...oh Geometry...I will always keep a special place in hell for you, Algebra is way easier than Geometry.

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). - Turkeyasylum

I'm a freshman with an all freshman class in honors geometry it's not that hard

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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

Maybe too annoying to us

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Depends on what Science your taking, all the science classes I've taken so far have been ok.
-Freshman year: Honors Biology
-Sophomore Year: Honors Chemistry
-Junior Year: Anatomy & Physiology
-Senior Year: AP Biology

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13Algebra 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! - archiesweirdmysteries

Even though I already took this I'm in calculus and looking back algebra 2 was the hardest

Hardest subject ever, I'm failing at the moment

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.

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Accountancy is the second hard subject after physics dude!

It's hard but it's interesting and fun.

It is very hard but very important

Soft course, easy to bring average up"

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very hard to memorize those bones, muscles and theres plenty of them. when you draw it it is equivalent to algebra

Anatomy is a monstrously huge subject, however it is one of the most interesting and useful. Lots of memorization, but there is a pattern to everything. Learn Latin prefixes/suffixes and you should be fine for a lot of it.

I knew someone who took anatomy, and the had to take tests in LATIN? What does Latin have to do with the human body? - Turkeyasylum

By far the hardest thing ever

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

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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...

18Social Studies

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 - Animefan12

This subject is really easy for me.

I don't like it but I have an A in this subject. - masonkv

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19Computer Programming

The information just looks extremely complicated.

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!

This is the hardest and most confusing class I've ever had so far. I'm a 'grandma' when it comes to computers so I honestly don't know what I was thinking when taking the class. I'm so lost with the language the coding language, it's unbelievable.

Honestly, it's Pretty Fun

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Religion subject is not hard just give your faith to your god and have a peaceful activities with him or her.


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! - archiesweirdmysteries

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