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.

Not only the most challenging, but the most interesting as well. Physics is very difficult because not only do you have to be good at problem solving, you have to be accountable for knowing a wide variety of mathematical concepts, ESPECIALLY trigonometry and calculus, and it isn't easy to visualize such when you get to electricity and magnetism, and the further you go on in physics (like quantum mechanics/nuclear/particle physics) the less intuitive and more abstract it will get.

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.

Science is well easy. Easy. I mean it. Psychics is easy as well as chemistryand other things related to science. Experiments are fun.

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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

I dropped out of Mandarin classes as a kid because it was BLOODY HARD!

I did Spanish and it was OK to begin with but then it got harder as the years went on and it got more stressful - tinytootsierolls

Well,well gentlemen we know,don't we?

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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!

My father is so bad at this too! - SpinelliFan


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4 Math

I hated maths in primary school but I loved it in secondary because my teacher made it so that it looked easy - tinytootsierolls

Legit maths is the hardest subject I had ever seen

Do you math lovers enjoy mentally abusing people who struggle with it. You love mentally abusing people because it invented things when the people who struggled didn't invent them it was before their times, we can't do everything no one is perfect. No human being is a mary-sue or gary-stu. So what if we have problems with times tables.

Why is this not Number 1?!

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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. - kempokid

I hate this class

Calc includes a wide variety of topics and they build on eachother so it is very hard to understand something if you get behind. Very tough to comprehend and a different type of thinking than the rest of math classes.

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

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6 Biology

I'm in this class now and have 99.12 percent. This class isn't hard - SirSheep

What? This is one of the easiest, I'm telling ya, especially when compared to Maths, Science and Foreign Language - darthvadern

Well, personally, I love biology and find it useful and easy, but hey, no one is perfect. - Swiftdawn

It's quite interesting,but learning about the body is hard. - HowToTrainYourDragonFan1001

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7 English

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?

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 fail my english sols and basically I do better on the English exam

English was my favourite subject! I loved reading and analysing stuff! I still do! - tinytootsierolls

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8 Trigonometry

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

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.

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9 Geometry

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

My teacher gives out up to 6 hour of homework a day and I'm in eighth grade. He doesn't teach, he just collects our homework and tells us to check a website for our new homework. - SirSheep

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...

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

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10 History

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

History requires a person to memorize a ton of information and my memory is the absolute worst, so History is a no from me chief.

I mainly hated history because the teacher didn't make any sense. I practically taught myself in that subject really - tinytootsierolls

History is difficult. So much to remember.

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The Contenders

11 Engineering

All subject in engineering particularly in physical science is hard

12 Algebra

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.

It starts out pretty easy with the simplest being " What is a+a+a+a? " It equals 4a. But then it becomes harder and harder until you lose your mind. - HowToTrainYourDragonFan1001

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

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13 Algebra II

Also knows as "Useless Crap II".

My father is so bad at this, lol! - SpinelliFan

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

Way too large of a step

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14 Science

I saw a meme that said "Science is Hard, Try Religion" Oh God Adam and Eve it.

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.

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15 Accounting

It's like learning a new language, but with microsoft excel.

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

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16 Philosophy

It's quite easy and interesting learning about other people's views. - HowToTrainYourDragonFan1001

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

I hate school

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17 Statistics

I'm Asian and I failed a few tests in this class in college and my mom nearly disowned me :(

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

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

Its not hard its useless

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18 Organic Chemistry

The hardest thing in the whole world.

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... - Ananya

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19 Integrated Math

Its truely a Hell Of A Subject

This subject made Calculus look like it's for kiddies. - 50


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 Computer Science

true say

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

22 Computer Programming

It pretty hard and frustrating when the computer doesn't do what you want it to do. - HowToTrainYourDragonFan1001

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.

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. - 50

Starting point to computer programming is to play nerdy games. Stuff like Minecraft commands are really similar to JavaScript so it may help a little - MChkflaguard_Yt

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23 PE

I get bullied all the time.

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 don't like PE. I know that excersise is good for you, but sometimes you get judged by your athletic ability. You are allowed to choose your friends in my PE class recently with is the only good thing at the moment. - HowToTrainYourDragonFan1001

PE is the easiest subject at school

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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

Economics is okay but a lot to mug up! - archiesweirdmysteries

Economics is dry but has a scope

One of my favourites

25 Anatomy

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.

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!

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26 U.S. History
27 Social Studies

I liked social studies, until APUSH came. Then my opinion changed A LOT! - Curtis_Huber

I can tell it's hard. I made a Minecraft version of a social studies exam and showed it to a few friends and they all explode their heads - MChkflaguard_Yt

It’s so stupid, all you do is copy stuff down and make flipbooks. Politics is more boring than watching paint dry.

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.

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28 Dance

No I'm sorry but dance is a sport thank you very much

Dance is the best dance is my life

It's not a sport not really a subject it would probably go with P.E. - funnyuser

Embarassment is obvious for some

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29 Medical


I want to be a doctor when I finish college

Best subject ever

30 Earth Science

Exactly,Earth science is really the important subject than others...

Earth science is a type of lifestyle of our living organisms that most evolve,it processes as a evolution.We call It Evolution because the living organisms are thought to have developed and diversified from earlier forms during the history of the earth.Also we can study layers of earth,and also we have our ozone layer to protect the electomagnetic heat from the sun.Without earth,meteorites,comets,plasma,asteroid,gravity,stone,heat and home we cannot evolve or live or become happy to learn new things.Earth Science contains life,heat,electricity,matter,composition,habitat and protective structure to abiotic and biotic units of ecosystem.Ecosystem is a community of the groups of different living and non-living organisms,next to the ecosystem is the Biosphere,Biosphere is the whole group of community,atmosphere and ozone layer

31 U.S. Government
32 Linear Algebra

Guessing this is high levels in school. Maths brainiacs.

How is this not number 1? It's the most, or one of the most advanced math classes you could take as an undergraduate.

Got 21.25/200 on that crap (10.66%)

33 Religion

I like learning about other people's religious beliefs. - HowToTrainYourDragonFan1001

It's ok as long as you can memorise facts are good at debating and have empathy if not it can be hard

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.


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34 Spanish


To me it's super hard cause I don't know how to speak or read in Spanish.

Who ever put it here should remove it - tearest7

Keep* it, I think that's what you meant to put. Don't tell me "oh this is easy" because no, you probably already knew the language. - mattstat716

For me it's harder than French

35 Geography

Geography is one of the easiest subject to learn. - Hermione_Granger220

Much harder than a abacus

It not easy or not hard it just a bit simple thing that you must understand it

I mean, geography is so easy!

36 Psychology

Psychology is an extremely fascinating and interesting subject to learn! It's not easy but it's not hard either (relatively easier than bio, chemistry and physics). If you take a genuine interest in and liking for this subject (but most people simply LOVVEE psychology), you're definitely gonna make a fantastic career from it - which includes a high salary!

After all, who ISN'T curious about why people think and behave the way they do?!

It sounds interesting. I've never learned it before so I don't know if I think it's difficult or not. - HowToTrainYourDragonFan1001

Psychology isn't as easy as you'd think. It's a lot of stuff about the brain and other theories about how we learn and think and process information. I went in expecting to learn a bunch of stuff about mental disorders and all that, but we barely even got to it. That's what interested me most and we never even covered it. Other than that it's kinda boring, like parts of the brain and especially the theories on how people learn. Some stuff interested me, but I really enjoy psychology so that could be why. Don't expect to walk in and sit down and learn about schizophrenia on the first day. You probably won't even get to it. However, taking a high school psych class will definitely help for when you have to take a college level psych class, and if you're a psych major like I am, even the classes after. - ultralyssa

I actually love psychology there's quite bit to remember but I still love it so I don't find it hard its much more interesting then other subjects and personally I a lot of the time end up going off reading about other related things because I find it interesting clearly not for everyone but honestly id always suggest it to other people

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37 Latin

There! That is the rule of changing a English word into a Latin word! - mathguy37

This must be the worst subject ever! Even worse than ancient greek

It actually isn't. You just need to pay attention and it gets really easy. I had a 96, and right now in 4th quarter I have a 100.

Latin is a little hard. I have a 100 in it, but all you need to do is pay attention. In first quarter I never listened and got mostly c's d's and f's. But then I listened and got a 93 to end the quarter. But I would much rather take Spanish than Latin.

1.go to vowel. 2.take cons. before vowel 1 and take it to the end. 3.add ay at the end.
If it starts with a vowel just add ay at the end. - mathguy37

38 European History
39 Writing

Writing is so hard, along with reading. math and geography are way better

Writing is just a way to criticize someone's hard earned unique skill.

I'm writing laugh out loud

No matter what you write they say there is something wrong

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40 Engineering Graphics & Design


41 Biochemistry

It requires a lot of memorization and deep understanding.

** ( Tough Material ) **

Why is bio in top 5 but biochem is this far down morons makes no sense

42 Additional Mathematics

I never had failed Physics but always failed add math...

Why does this even exist? Laugh out loud! - Wolftail

It exists on a higher academic school level for those who wish to take a highly mathematical university course, and then once onto university, it becomes an essential part of it. I take it and I love it! Though one gotta hate the stats. - PositronWildhawk

It is crazy hard!

43 Health

Health is the worst thing that happened to this world since Harry Potter. It stinks. I didn't pass any of the tests

It's really a subject I take it a my school plus it's required

Health is the subject, we learn that in 7th grade

Is health a school subject? No? Really? Answer me imedietly once you've found out.

44 Mandarin

I hated it as a kid

Okay, so when I went to a private school, we had to learn Mandarin. Writing, speaking and reading it. After six months of going to a local, normal school I have forgotten 99% of what I learnt. - Wolftail

For sure. I used to know how to write in Mandarin, but after 1 year with no lessons, I have forgotten almost everything. It's really hard to remember. So many little lines! - JustAnAccount

World's toughest language!

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45 Hindi

Learning the Hindi alphabet is not very easy, it gets confusing when you're learning how to put together the matras and vowels. I haven't even attempted fully to learn to write Hindi, but speaking and understanding is pretty simple.

It is very difficult

My handwriting in this, is not Good!
But I think I have improved it
Gonna leave this near year - Ananya

46 Ancient Greek


47 Physical Science

The physics and chemistry you learn in this class don't even carry over to future science classes.

Whenever I do a lab, we always get out of class 5 minutes late.

48 Music

I can play the piano, but the chords are a bit tricky. I don't like the guitar because it's difficult and the instrument once blistered my fingers. Also, it's difficult learning musical terns. - HowToTrainYourDragonFan1001

For Asians, they are lucky for music and math because each type of people could affect their subjects. Science is mostly for white, language arts and reading is for black, and math and music is for Asians. I'm actually Asian and I am such a pro in piano and I'm the smartest kid in math and music in the entire class(got every single A except writing).

I love listening to music but I hate learning about it. It's so boring. I want to jump out a window and kill my self! It is so hard to hear your self playing guitar when 7 other people are playing the same song as you. Never take Music class unless you have a passion for it!

Yeah thank god I do! I don't just love listening to music, I love playing and writing it! - sryanbruen

In music all we do is play some flipping hard song on keyboards. That's it. Can we at least choose a song and perform it on a keyboard? Or how about choosing our own music genre to study? WHY THE FLIP DO I NEED TO LEARN ABOUT THE BLUES? COME ON, WHAT USE IS THAT? - Wolftail

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49 Art

It definitely requires the most work! Be prepared to spend 20+ hours on 1 drawing and have nothing good said about it during the critique.

For people like me who don't have any artistic talents this subject can be really hard.

It was the most effort requiring subject in my freshmen year!

Just don't underestimate the subject. No matter what level it is.

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50 Afrikaans

Afrikaans is gonna be so hard next year we have to write 500 word essays 500! That sounds like a lot of work! The department can go to hell!



LMFAO why is this up here I'm voting for it

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