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 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.

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

This subject is actually underrated. However physics incompasses chemistry and chemistry incompasses biology.

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.

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.

It seems super easy, and then when a test comes or you're asked to speak, you're like: "Huh? " Me personally, I was always terrified to speak any of the three languages I was learning in front of my classmates.

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

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

I really like chemistry it makes me feel wake a witch making poishens (sorry I'm a bad speller)

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 is the easiest for me, but it takes the longest to complete

All of the concepts are weird and confusing, but Algebra is easy for me

5 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

Thanks for spending your time to make a subject easier for those who read this list.

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.

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.

6 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. - KN

It is so hard, because it's all about literature and I am not good at it. It is though enough to deal with it and to be right. Old British literature work way too super hard. I think it is better to have English classes in two options, one the part of grammar and modern real life economy English, or if someone wants to take literature then ok. But don't let the student to be forced to take literature classes, otherwise there is too much problem for them

I had some pretty awful English teachers in middle school that made my life hell

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.

7 Biology

My biology teacher hates me for no reason and his favorite student is the meanest kid in the class

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.

At school, I study 3 subjects of science: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. From those 3 subjects, I think Biology is by far the easiest (and the best). Full of theories, yes, but what makes it kinda easy for me is because it's very interesting, and if I'm interested in something, it's easier to study it. If you're interested in living creatures, Biology would be much easier for you

8 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.

I have yet to use Pythagoras but I doubt I'm going to be using it any time soon

9 History

The only thing I learned in history is the history of why this school sucks!

I'm in AP European History. It's so pointless. The whole class is a JOKE.

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

History learned in school is crap
I self taught 99% of history I know

10 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!

Also knows as "Useless Crap II".

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

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

The Contenders

11 Geometry

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.

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...

Way to hard for our level. Needs to be dumbed down, and have numbers not shapes

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

12 Engineering

All subject in engineering particularly in physical science is hard

I didn't took engineering but I think its hard

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.

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

I think computer science is fun and cool

Computing is the hardest subject then physics

Is this computer engineering

14 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.

Whoever put this on the list is declaring war

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..

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

Soft course, easy to bring average up"

It is very hard but very important

16 Organic Chemistry

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.

Interesting subject...

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

Impossible!

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Its not hard its useless

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

22 Computer Programming

wait, what is wrong with this program ,oh I need to go back check again,

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!

By far the hardest.

My school made the basic syntax lesson takes forever, so maybe that's why it's hated. Anyway this is much easier then a lot of people think.

23 PE

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;

If you r not athletic (like I am) and your playing a team sport than your team acts as if you don't even exist! Also, the mile run is a TORTURE!

24 Economics

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

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

25 Anatomy

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

Currently taking honors Anatomy for my junior year hs. Its hard when you're lazy and not have enough time to study for it. It has a lot of things and details that you have to know. My teacher give us blank paper for answer sheet and we have to write down the answers without any hints of what the answer is except for the question, we had to do it for the labeling of bones which was A LOTTT. And another thing I hate about anatomy is the physiology part because I just hate when everything goes into details, especially most of those stuff were new to us.

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!

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