Top Ten Hardest School Subjects

As if school isn't hard enough, this list tells what is the hardest!!!
The Top Ten
1 Physics

This is a harder version of physical science if you don't understand physical science you're done for it's over F scored failure.

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

Russian language learner here (plus I'm studying German and Romanian). Things are great until you start learning other cases such as instrumental and dative. It's a deceptive language. I would say the most challenging parts about learning a foreign language are investing time and getting over the fear of embarrassment when assimilating into a new culture or community. Nevertheless, I LOVE foreign languages because studying them is like solving a puzzle. Sometimes that puzzle is a 20x20 Rubik's cube, but it's worth it.

I take German and honestly its probably just the platform of the course that I take(I am in virtual school, so I self teach myself) Its such a nuisance to my life. That's not the language but the platform of the German course. Its like...every day you learn AT LEAST 6 new words. And they don't even teach you the diffrent tenses of the word(past tense, futrue tense, etc), so it make it 10 time harder. I have my mom who is fluent In German so I rely on her with my german. I use translator although I'm not allowed to but the platform is messup up soo. I when to a spanish immersion school for elementary school so I know a whoel lot of german and portugueesee, and no der english. but german I gotta say quite tricky.

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.

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.

3 Chemistry

In my secondary school days I want to be a doctor but I found chemistry tough and hard for me so I changed course to industrial mathematics.

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

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.

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

4 Math

Although I choose industrial mathematics but I also found mathematics difficult to me but I tried my best to study it harder and harder until I became better to it.

High school math was the hardest. Especially sophomore year. They expect you to know everything. No textbooks or references in any of the high school math classes. Also COMMON CORE SUCKS! Whoever came up with that insidious system should be fired.

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.

I find Math really difficult because to me, numbers have never really been my strong suit. Numbers cause my head to spin and it becomes very difficult to think through. I mean, I have never denied that it was important, but it just is so incredibly difficult to work with them. It's so easy to make mistakes and Math is usually the one that hinders one's ability to score well. And I don't like that is is about right or wrong. I prefer things like English and Science because those subjects are subjective and they actually teach us something useful. AA lot we learn in Math I never use, because seriously? Do we need to learn algebra?

5 Calculus

Calculus is almost the same as mathematics but have some topics that is difficult to check such as integration and differentiation even binomial expansion,God knows.

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.

I think Physics is easier because it has a very direct formula. But these... Oh god this... Satan made this to make us suffer. The equations are so confusing. I passed my second monthly exam in mathematics by cheating because I have no choice.

6 English

Admittedly, I struggled with English at first. Got a C-, a C+, and another C- in that order. In the next assignment, we had to make a presentation on an issue affecting the world. I was one of the 5 students who signed up to present early. I had a stack of palm cards dictating what to say. I memorised sentences, then looked up at the class and said them. Scripts were not allowed, so that's why we used palm cards. Still got A-/B+, higher than half the class. Some students didn't even look up to project their voice from reading their palm cards. One of the girls that did this got a B-. Nobody failed, though. My opinion on the subject is that English is the most middle of all subjects.

Essays are super hard if you don't write 750 plus words per week! It's never easy to score a 100% the highest I've gotten in college is 85% on average it's below 70%. It's still failing!

English is not my native language
My parents raise me up with my native language so I found English difficult to learn even though I have tried in English but that one section of English I have not learnt till now which is Oral 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.

7 Biology

This class can become very hard if you don't understand science very well you may end up failing if you've not studied the work well enough!

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...

8 Trigonometry

This is so hard this can never make any since if you've not studied math, algebra I, algebra II, geometry, and calculus basically everything you need to apply to pass the exam or else you fail badly!

Very confusing. Especially when you have to learn it the first time. In Sophomore math I learned this and they pretty much expected me to do anything.

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.

9 Algebra II

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.

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!

10 History

History can go so far back in time it doesn't make any since. Since time keeps going forward and more history like the coronavirus will be added to history therefor it gets harder to learn over time!

I wish History courses would be replaced with life skills and personal finance. Heres how it should work:
World or US history (for future college students)
World Economics
US economics
Personal finance

Those are classes we will use. Students should have a basic understanding of history, the doomed to repeat if you don't learn from the past thing is true. But 1 or 2 courses are all we need. Current events, economics, and personal finance are skills we need.

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.

The Contenders
11 Geometry

I'm a sophomore and I HATE geometry with a burning passion. I understand binary, decimal, and hexadecimal conversions 10000000x better than geometry.

This class made me feel like a complete numpty. My self-esteem levels went from extremely high to extremely low. I'm writing this a year later and I forget everything about Geometry. Algebra is much easier in my opinion. Then again, my school made me take the same course I took in 8th grade that I already passed solely because I went to a public school and they were a private school. Yes, proofs were VERY vexatious if you could not remember every single step to why your answer was correct. Here's a few valid points to back up my claim about Geometry:
-I found SOHCAHTOA the most complicated.
-Even my friend dreaded Geometry on the same level that I did.
-I barely had enough time in my schedule to get tutored by my school. It came to the point where I stopped paying attention and got the same grades that I did when I was paying attention.
To conclude my point, I believe Geometry is by far one of the hardest high school subjects because it just never made much sense to me. I ...more

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.

I haven't taken engineering yet, but I'm planning to if I have time among the other subjects.

All subject in engineering particularly in physical science is hard

13 Computer Science
14 Integrated Math

Whoever thought this was a good idea and that anyone would do well in this class was clearly smoking something. The students hate it, and nobody does well in it.

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

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..

You never know what is going on in this module, If you miss one part the everything is gone. Since all topics are integrated.

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

Accountancy is the second hard subject after physics dude!

16 Science

Science is false. Religion is much less complicated and more simple and accurate. Evolution and critical race theory should be removed from the curriculum and replaced with intelligent design.

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.

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

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.

17 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.

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

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

The hardest thing in the whole world.

18 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.

I hate school

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.

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.

I'm failing this stupid class. I don't even know how the hell I even got here. When I was in 5th grade I had to learn a math in my level, then in 6th grade I got transferred to an advanced math. I have no idea how the hell I got there, but my algebra teacher says it's either my placement test score was high (I doubt it), or my parents suggested it (also doubt it because they never said anything about forcing me to take that subject.) I'm so bad at math, my algebra teacher is considering me to transfer back to the math I took in 6th grade and my parents are considering me a tutor (which makes me high uncomfortable because I don't want some adult in my house just for educational purposes). This is the only subject I'n doing poor. I'm exceeding in every other subject expect this. Part of me thinks I'm stupid and lazy, and part of me things I have a learning disability.

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

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.

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...

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

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

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!

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 fun all the time! If you don't like it than you obviously just don't want to put in hard work or you think it's boring, which it is not! It is very interactive and keeps us healthy! Most kids who don't play a sport won't excericse at home, so thought you may hate pe it is good for you. P.E. has you moving all the time instead of sitting around bored in tech or math. I wish I could do P.E. every single day.

PE is my third least favourite class, behind Music and Religion. Religion is my second least favourite because it made no sense to be taught in the context that it was to us, and Music is my least favourite subject because to this day, it is the only subject that has made me have a stress-induced breakdown.

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.

24 Economics

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!

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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