Top Ten Hardest School Subjects

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

The Top Ten

1 Physics

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

Currently my Grades this year have been B,C,F and I'm worried I'm going to fail

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2 Foreign Language

everything my teacher says goes in through one ear, and out through the other...

It's second because learning another language is forced, and people who already speak the language really well can take it and get an A+. People like me (who have to take english AND another language) are pretty much required to learn another language from SCRATCH whilst the others get it easy. - mattstat716

Spanish 2 was the hardest class I have ever taken. It was the only class I got a B in my sophomore year. I had to spend hours studying for it. I tried many different study habits and it made no difference. The best test grade I received was an 81. I am not taking any more Spanish or foreign language. I'd rather take Honors Precalculus than take Spanish 3. Math is easy. There is no way math is harder than foreign language.

The earlier you learn a foreign language, the easier it will be. Believe me. Don't say "I'm too young," just do it! Learning English (my second language) when I was 4 was an absolute breeze and learning French when I was 6 was still easy. Now, trying to understand any language feels so weird and unnatural. Pick a few languages and stick to them.

I learn Mandarin at my school. Not too hard for me. I never study before tests and still can get 100% anyway - FireWasp2004

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3 Chemistry

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

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

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

Right now I'm in 7th grade and the Chemistry isn't too hard. Well...maybe it'll get super hard later... (I hope not) - FireWasp2004

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4 Calculus

I'll make the first 4 chapters of calculus super easy for you. Hope this'll help:

Most of Calculus is really obvious/basic, especially the first four chapters. Textbooks don't explain it well, but it is REALLY obvious. The so called fundamental theorem of calculus? That says that the derivative of the anti-derivative of a function is the original function. HOLD ON! DON'T GET SCARED! LOOK CLOSELY! The words may seem scary. But look. One says derivative. Another says Anti-derivative. What does anti mean? Anti means opposite. So basically, the fundamental theorem of calculus says that if I do something to a function, the do the opposite of what I just did, then I end up with the original function. NO DUH! It also says that the change in y over a certain interval of the anti-derivative is the area under the curve for the original function for that same interval. DON'T PANIC! I'll explain this later!

OK, so I'll explain what derivatives and anti-derivatives actually are. You ...more

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

This should really be math... In high school, math is a joke. All of the math leading to calculus and calculus itself isn't too hard as long as the professor doesn't want it to be. Also math in highschool is very memorizable. However once you go past calculus, you realize that not everyone can hope to comprehend higher mathematics. For instance Complex analysis was so hard at my university that the averages were around a 15 out of 100.

You'll think that your grade is fine, but like me, you'll go from a steady B to a C thanks to the final. Only take this class if you are SURE that you are going into a field of study which incorporates calculus. Otherwise, do not bother with this class. The gap between this class and Pre-Calculus/Trig. is significantly larger than that of any other math class.

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5 Biology

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

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.

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.

Biology isn't too easy, but I think Biology is the easiest of all science subjects I learn (second easiest is Chemistry, and the hardest is...Physics! ). Well, probably because I'm still a 7th grader, but it's fun and interesting. Learning and understanding about living creatures, and unveiling the secrets of nature. Isn't that just amazing? - FireWasp2004

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6 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 ...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

Quite confusing and hard...but I guess I'm actually pretty good at it, considering I get more than 90% on all my tests and eveyone in class always asks me about math problems... - FireWasp2004

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7 English

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

It's extremely hard, especially essays. It's just that to get good grades you have to be very creative and you have to think deeply while following in with the guidelines of grammar and format, you also have to present your work in a way that will convince a reader to agree with your opinion. But you also have to understand your topic at hand as well, having great reading comprehension helps with that (Sadly I don't have that, I never really read that many books). You also have to "think outside of the box", as English class does require a lot of thinking when writing the contents of an essay especially with topics considered broad. Poetry and Narratives are pure hell, understanding of what they mean when writers use a literary term of some sorts is beyond me. Finding the theme of a damn story is even worse, especially when a writer puts multiple themes of a story. My god I hate being horrible at this.

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.

It's so easy. And I'm not even from a country that speaks mainly English - FireWasp2004

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8 History

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

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...

Well, we should at least knew our own country's history, but yes this is a very hard subject. LOTS of things to memorize! What makes it even harder for me is because I'm not interested in history, and the more uninterested you are, the harder it feels - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

For example, the Tudors are a difficult topic, especially Henry VII.

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9 Trigonometry

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 just so hard I hate it

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10 Geometry

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 Agree

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The Contenders

11 Algebra 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

I'm sitting here with a C in this class. You either get it or you don't and I'm part of the latter. This is the first class I've really struggled in ever and it's really bringing down my self confidence. My motivation is low as well because I just can't bring myself to see the point in all this.

I'm in Grade 7 and I should bot be even on this site but for me Algebra is the hardest even though I'm learning some of the basics

19/40 is actually pretty good compared to what I'd get.

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12 Algebra

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

So hard

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13 Science

Science can be really hard too

Exactly, there talking about these long words to do with cells and I'm like what does that mean

When your teacher is talking about science. Every time she say something I always stare at her and think what on earth is this or what she is talking about. Plus science is so boring.

I have A's and B's in all my main core classes except science I'm so close to having honor And and advanced but science is the only class I have a C in

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14 Accounting

And yet I got a b in accounting 2 the same semester I flunked accounting 1. But yea I flunked 1 a few times.

It is very hard but very important

Soft course, easy to bring average up"

Yes it is a hard subject

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15 Anatomy

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.

So much goes into something as simple as blinking, in Anatomy and Physiology, you learn about what it takes to blink, but it is infinitely more complex than you could possibly imagine... Best of luck to those thinking about taking it!

Is this the same as health - Unknownguy

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16 Statistics

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

Uggh, yes. I'm in 9th grade and in my country, most 9th graders are aged 13-14 and we've to learn the application of Sigma

Stats is more of a logic course than a math course.

With formulas, try to forget the symbols/letters/etc and try to understand exactly what you're doing in each step. - marmalade_skies

Statistics is so harder then other subjects...which person only have this subject he/she knows that how difficult it is...I am a 12th class student of science and I have is more difficult then normal math...only top class math students plzzz follow this subject otherwise let it go...

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17 Philosophy

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...

This subject can be taught to a cow come on

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18 Computer Programming

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!

The information just looks extremely complicated.

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.

Say 1 bad thing about anything below Computer Programming Science II, and I will chop your head off. That is EASY compared to the MONSTROSITY that is the 2nd year. - mattstat716

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19 Social Studies

We learn about global warming in eight grade and I still remember it. Many scientist believe that gases in the air are causing the Earth's atmosphere to gradually hotter. This is call global warming. If you read it remember the basics of global warming.

Oh one of my favorite. Subjest...

It's so hard to understand History and Gas and things

Too much projects, presentations, essays, and really hard tests!

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20 Religion

I'm an atheist, and I'm forced to talk about how God/Allah is perfect. Even though, I have nothing against people who believe in God, it's a struggle for me.


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

Just say you're an aethiest if you're not. Easiest A+, I... think? I never took this class, so I don't recommend it, but whatever. You be you. - mattstat716

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