Top Ten Hardest School Subjects

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

The Top Ten

1 Physics

Physics by far is the HARDEST SUBJECT IN HIGH SCHOOL. NO JOKE. I think for me it's because there's just so many pages upon pages of notes you have to take and formulas you have to right down in order to understand this subject. You also have to be on top of everything and know your subject material in order to pass this class.

For the majority of people, physics is very tough 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.

Unlike other subjects such as biology or history, memorization does NOT work in Physics. You have to actually understand how and why phenomena behave to be able to problem solve; unlike most topics in calculus, the language of physics, you aren't shown how to do a problem step by step in a cookie cutter fashion. For example, if you throw a coin out of a hot air balloon going up, it won't directly go down, it will initially follow the motion of the hot air balloon upwards, then fall back down. However, it is a very interesting and rewarding subject, and my father majored in Physics and loved it despite struggling with it in college.

2 Foreign Language

I was in fourth grade when I learned Japanese, it was my favourite subject and I loved learning a new language. We had two Japanese teachers who would award us with prizes whenever I answer a question correctly. They were so nice and friendly and honestly better than my actual teacher who teaches Math and English. But when I moved to another Primary School, I learned Italian which was easy but boring because I didn't express any interest with the language due to the simplicity it presents. When I was in High School, I did Japanese until eight grade because I failed a test where I need to learn another dialect of Japanese.

I took French for all 4 years and it really didn't get bad until the 4th. Honestly the worst part about a foreign language is all the different tenses and genders and forms of words. It's so confusing. Other than that basic vocabulary isn't hard, and it ends up getting easy to read sentences and know what the words mean even if you have never seen them before. My French 4 in 12th grade was a college level course, so it ended up getting hard, especially since everyone in the class was smarter than I was. The worst part about my experience with French was that I started with such high hopes and excitement, and left with an immense disliking for the language.

In a certain western state, it is required to take two years to graduate, but it is highly highly frowned upon, and they insist you must take 3 years. Also, if you start from 7th grade, you take two years which then count as one, then two years in high school. It is such a hard subject for me, and I've had so much trouble with it. I've had two bad teachers and one fine one. They showed us awful nursery rhymes in Spanish that make you feel like you're a toddler. The list goes on, but if I could, I would never have taken it.

It's bit tough tougher to learn a foreign language and it is time consuming
It can take even years or decades to learn if you have no proper guide or teacher

3 Chemistry

Good Lord, I hate Chemistry. At first, I thought it would just be about mixing chemicals and doing lab experiments, but it turns out it requires memorizing a lot of equations for chemical reactions and stuff. The first quarter I had of Honors Chemistry I was easy in the start, but grew harder over time. I was very lucky to have still kept my straight A streak when I managed to ace my Chemistry midterm. Now my final quarter grade is at a low B. At this rate, now I may not be able to attain valedictorian status. Finally, all I can say is that Chemistry is so hard that I even found my AP Human Geography, AP Psychology, and Honors Common Core Math III to be much easier than Chemistry combined.

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

Wait, you're a FRESHMAN and taking Chemistry Honors. What are you, a genius?

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

Chemistry is just so hard. It combines every hard subject into one subject. Math, a LOT of maths, Biology, a LOT of biology, and some Physics. And the worst of all is that you're literally studying atoms and molecules etc, stuff that are EXTREMELY small, making you end up using extremely small numbers that make everything harder. And the whole balancing, naming reactions and etc, there's no RULE/LOGIC behind it. You just gotta memorise how you do it and pray you make no mistakes. Gosh, I HATE chemistry.

4 Math

The reason why math is hard is because we get problems that can decrease our time and energy. Another thing probably what makes Math hard is that you have to deal with problems that can include a lot of Arithmetic, that are hard to simplify, solve and etc. These problems can sometimes make us confused and probably memorize the WOR (Wrong Or Right) order and that can lead to some or no consequences. What I find the most hardest is Calculus, where it is about the study of continuous change between the same way that Geometry is the study of shape and Algebra, along with it's very combined hard arithmetic plus Trigonometry on a advanced scale (via Wikipedia).

Personally, math is a hard subject to understand. Unlike the other main subjects, math has no reading or what-soever in it. I am pretty good at math, but I have always been good with numbers. For some people, math is many concepts to digest. One moment you have fractions and the next you have graphs. The steps can also be very long and tedious.

Math in general can seem overwhelming with all the formulas you have to memorize without making any mistakes or errors. It also seems long, boring and tedious for many students.

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.

5 Calculus

Just saying but, all subjects are easy as long as you're interested in it. Even calculus can be easy, as long as you are interested in what you read, it's easy to understand the topic. In my elementary years, I was never really that... interested in being an honor student. I've used to think Science and Math is hard. I thought the honor students had this special technique on studying which makes them smart. So I forced myself to study topics that, I didn't really understand. I forced myself to gulp in all the words in the textbooks, but my grades got lower instead of higher. I just, gave up and studied the way I would study. In my highschool years, I got interested in Math. I didn't notice but, my grades were getting higher. Not long after, I was an honor student. Sometimes, you just have to be interested in what you read. Even average students can lap honor students. as long as you have a goal set by heart and mind, everything else will turn out as how you expected it to turn out.

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.

Regarding the whole subject of Add Maths, I recalled one time when 60-70% of my batch failed this subject.

Ironically, the grading bell curve for all SPM exam students in the country (Malaysia's O-level) is so damn low, I got a B for this subject. Yes,... knowing that failed miserably this subject in all 7 exams in the past 2 years.

6 English

There isn't a right or wrong answer and you have to so much thinking and analysis. At least in the maths and the sciences, the work is basically done for you, while in English you have to think about each answer and every one is unique. Also basically impossible to get a 100% in English.

It is difficult for one reason. There is no right or wrong; there are many answers. However, as simple as it sounds, you never know what actually is right or wrong. You end up turning something is hoping its good, but not knowing if you did it horribly, trash, etc. In math, for example, I can say the horizontal asymptote of a quadratic given I just remember how to find it. In ELA, you can be good at remembering concepts to use in your writing too, like what is needed on a given test or paper, but you have to actually think about it yourself; there is no set principle in what you actually are writing, meaning you can be clueless as to what you actually are writing about.

Don't even get me started on old English. It's so confusing in the way its taught, and yet makes zero sense because most of the words and forms of grammar are much different to what we use today. The metaphors, imagery, similes, hyperboles, etc. in old English writing also are given into your head like your an ...more

You took the words right out of my mouth. I absolutely hate how indirect English is and having to interpret Old English.

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.

English is REALLY hard. It's my second language. I'm in middle school, and I can't write persuasive essays well. English Literature is just alright -- I haven't read much Shakespeare yet but it's just ALRIGHT. But I hate analysis.

And all those questions asking me to explain "aha, why did the writer choose to use this word? " It just all sounds stupid. Why did the writer choose this word?

Well, because he wants to. Sometimes there doesn't have to be a specific reason to choose a word, and I don't see the point of guessing what the writer wants to do. If you want to know... just ask him! There really is no point in guessing. If he's dead and you can't ask, well, why should you care about what he thinks while writing the thing anyways?

7 Biology

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.

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.

Not only do up you have tons of information to memorise as well as mountains of essay questions you have to put in arduous hours to put together everything you have learnt. Takes a lot of patience. Biology wreaks your brain and can drive you crazy at times. I've truly regretted taking biology however there no turning back. Gotta learn to endure to carry me through the tough times that has yet to come. Stupid me...

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.

8 Trigonometry

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.

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.

This is one of those classes where you have to really understand it to do good. If you memorize the equations, and spend hours studying them and their applications, chances are you will still get a D on the upcoming test because you couldn't apply them to the questions your teacher prepared.

I agree. As a 24 year old man, I can say that I have never used trigonometry ONCE in the real world. I remember constantly being stressed if I didn't understand the lesson. One lesson you don't understand, and BOOM, and F.

9 History

History is not that bad. Lots of memorization, but generally pretty easy and stuff that we already learned throughout our lives.

history is the key to confusion, we often get to confused when it comes to history.
really we must byheart things, and must be the XEROX machines to take a print of the content in the subject.

HARDEST CLASS I'VE EVER TAKEN. Of course each person is different, but I would believe for this to be the hardest subject for me. No doubt it gets pretty interesting, but I simply SUCK at memorization and I feel this subject relies heavily on memorizing dates, events, and having natural skill at understanding DBQs (Document Based Question) and SAQs (Short Answer Question) and writing LEQs (Long Essay Question). Obviously, the skills can be strengthened, but they aren't always natural for everyone.

This class always makes me stressed. It's very hard and I always get strict teachers. My teacher lied to me saying he doesn't give out homework but then assigns articles to read and analyze. It is very hard for me to fully comprehend everything he gives out to me because I am multilingual. English is not my first language and sometimes I forget some words so it's hard for me to express my understanding into ESSAYS.

10 Algebra II

Ya I'm in class 10 and I'm really confused what to take after 10th...I'm good at social..thinking of taking arts..and also with this corona pandemic around. I don't know what decision the government is gonna take and donno how the academic pattern will change I'm really confused😕

This is the hardest subject I have come across, I’m in 9th grade in the top class in my grade for math even though I passed last year with a C. I asked my 8th grade math teacher why he thought I met the standards for the class, and he said I scored well on the state testing. Really. What the heck is with state testing? I think it should be removed. Anyway, I have a B in this class and for the first marking period I had a C, not a good grade. Looking back, Algebra 1 was rather easy. This is just complete nonsense.

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.

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.

The Contenders

11 Geometry

No, just no. Why you gotta teach me shapes when I learned that when I was four playing with the toys where you put the shape in the right hole.

Imagining the shapes and possibilities is hard for me plus proofs are pretty stupid, useless, and hard; nobody is probably never use them in their lives-my teacher herself said so.

Frankly, I've never been the best at math, but I always passed with at least a B. But, oh, Geometry, do yiu want to kill me. Basically, the hardest part of it is Sines and Cosines and having to solve triangles with them. I took 2 tests on it and failed both. Luckily, we moved on to circlrs afterward, which is much easier, but I still NEVER want to suffer that again.

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...

12 Engineering

Took intro to engineering and the due dates were short, what made it hard is that the teacher talks way too fast and even though you ask question, you still wouldn’t get it. You also have to use mathematics In this class and in my opinion I think it’s rough.

All subject in engineering particularly in physical science is hard

I didn't took engineering but I think its hard

13 Computer Science

I'm sorry but computing science is the hardest subject ever created and physics is second but computing involves logic with numbers and you have to learn different methodologies to express you ideas - this explanation is even complicated so just remember computing is the hardest subject ever

Computing is the hardest subject then physics

I think computer science is fun and cool

Ahhh It's so hard I get F always when it comes from computer science I'm not joking

14 Science

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

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.

To be honest I don't think this is really hard but only sometimes. I'm more of a math guy so yah. also we just recently we had a science test and for me it was hard.

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

15 Accounting

Why it is lower in this list I don't know
How you underestimate it
Physics can be understood
But accounting can be wrong also if you know it.. it's game of mind..

This class just overwhelms you with homework,especially for a high schooler. The assignments in Accounting 2 are just way to tedius and time consuming. You have to do one part of a chapter 3 times at least including the notes for the part. This just really wears you down over a semester. The mastery and recycling problem that you are suposed to do,even when the teacher was doing it with us took us more than an hour. ONLY FINISHING HALF OF THE ASSINGMENT. Everybody is also behind in this class because of this,even those 4.0 students. My biggest mistake was taking accounting 2,but Accounting 1 is easy and not as tedius as this. Accounting is Easy to Understand,but the assignments are just way too tedius.

It's easy in the begining then it gets complicated. Everything needs to be understood because one may get lost. Then you'll have to cope with timing issues. Tough

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

16 Organic Chemistry

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

Hardest class I ever took. Honorable mentions: Microbiology, Architecture and Biochemistry

It's so hard to find sources to support your statements when writing an essay.

The hardest thing in the whole world.

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...

It's quite easy and interesting learning about other people's views.

This subject can be taught to a cow come on

I hate school

18 Integrated Math

This subject made Calculus look like it's for kiddies.

Its truely a Hell Of A Subject

19 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

Ok so in the 8th grade, I was put in an Algebra 1 Honors Class. Lemme just say it was one of the hardest classes I have every took. the first three chapters are easy (equations, Linear and Slope) then chapter 4 comes with Scatter Plots and awful Graphing. Chapter 5 is Easy (Inequalities). chapter 6-11 is all nearly impossible. We only spent around 3 weeks on each chapter so it was a very fast paced class. It gets downright impossible to keep up with Quadratics and radicals where you really need time to get good at doing. Overall, if you spend the time - Algebra isn’t hard but if you don’t understand things Easy - you are screwed.

Easiest class of my life, took it when I was in 6th grade and breezed threw it. Maintained a A+ average and everything was peachy, but watch out for the probability and statistics portion of algebra it caught me a little bit off guard. Go in with a open mind and enjoy the easiest year of math you'll ever take.

Algebra was so easy for me and I took it in 7th grade, I took geometry in 8th, which was even easier and then I'll take Algebra II/ Trigonometry which I've already done most of it in the last part of my geometry class to prepare and it wasn't much harder. And I'm a freshman in high school now.

20 Metaphysics

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.

21 Statistics

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 statistics...it is more difficult then normal math...only top class math students plzzz follow this subject otherwise let it go...

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

Why isn't this higher? I struggled in this class!

22 Computer Programming

Computers do not operate like humans and are extremely dumb. As a result, you need to give them copious amounts of information so programs will execute. This setback, combined with heavy amounts of logic and remembering how different methods work make programming very challenging. Got a D- in Java initially (despite attending class), but got a B+ the second time.

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.

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!

Worst class ever. Completely unecessary class to take if this isn't what you want to do with your life. Even the entry level classes are hard as crap if you have no prior knowledge

23 PE

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!

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.

I HATE PE! I go to a school where all the obnoxious 'popular' kids are really sporty and me and my friends are all just like "UGH! " and they're always insulting us about how bad we are at it. We just sort of use clever insults from T.V. shows like Sherlock and Doctor Who. My friend has a theory that PE teachers are an alien race bred to make us suffer. laugh out loud!

I like sports, but I don't like PE. Why? PE is extremely boring, because we learn how to do sports, and we don't even get to pick! And in elementary school, we learned how to leap? Just, why?

And, it also make people who aren't very athletic weak.

24 Economics

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

It's just a bunch of half explained words thrown at you while you force yourself to get through another page.

Economics is okay but a lot to mug up!

Economics is dry but has a scope

25 U.S. Government

Like, what even is this class. I mean, I know it's college level, but Jesus! My teacher just wouldn't slow down! and allow me to take those useless notes.

The army is crazy hard

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