Top Ten Most Labour-Intensive School Subjects

These subjects are not necessarily the hardest to learn conceptually. Nor are they necessarily boring or unsatisfying. But dear God, they require a lot of brute force to internalize.

The Top Ten

1 Chemistry

Seriously, memorizing the periodic table was like a mind jumble! How the Frick can I memorize all of those?! I probably would even forget them!

All of those unnecessarily long names for organic molecules. All of those intricate equations where dimensional analysis no longer applies. All of those hours wasted trying to memorise them, without much to learn from them. You're quite right, the equations and definitions in physics and mathematics are a lot more logically structured. - PositronWildhawk

I always thought chemistry was more science-oriented, not something heavy on mathematical equations. It certainly gives me Vietnam flashbacks to the days of solving those accursed stoichiometry problems... - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Chemistry is a gigantic pain in the arse. It certainly gives my report card a chemical reaction. - TwilightKitsune

2 French

Melons are masculine and bananas are feminine. Got it. - PetSounds

Even in Hindi, we have to assume the gender of abiotic substances, that too correctly. It sucks. - styLIShT

3 Biology

Who really cares whether sea sponges belong in phylum Mollusca, Porifera, or Cnidaria? - PetSounds

4 Accounting

Remind me again of how to amortize intangible assets. - PetSounds

5 English

1 word: ESSAYS

Even if you internalize rules of grammar through reading, you'll have to learn to differentiate between symbols, themes, topics, motifs, and allusions, all of which are shaded generously with grey. Then you'll have to pontificate on the significance of some minor occurrence for at least a thousand words. - PetSounds

6 Computer Science

Not so much on the conceptual side of things as on the nitty-gritty syntax of programming languages and the seemingly inexplicable errors which arise and require hours of cursing at a monitor to debug. - PetSounds

Even students and professors who specialise in computational research spend their lives tearing their hair out over these tiny bugs, which are usually just because they used the wrong brackets on line 4683. - PositronWildhawk

7 History

One can only read so many seemingly endless strings of dates, names, and socioeconomic ramifications without going bug-eyed. - PetSounds

It's even worse when you try to understand the chapters but realise that people in the past were idiots - styLIShT

I think the most important lesson to learn from history is that we today are every bit as capable of committing heinous acts as people of the past. In 100 years, we'll look like "idiots," and so will every other generation. - PetSounds

You do something other than daydream in history?

8 Law

I watched enough episodes of How To Get Away With Murder, thank you very much - TwilightKitsune

I have enough trouble understanding an episode of Perry Mason. - PetSounds

9 Latin

Repeat after me: mensa, mensae, mensae, mensam, mensā, mensa, mensae, mensae, mensārum, mensīs, mensās, mensīs, mensae, mensīs. - PetSounds

10 Philosophy

In the words of Richard Feynman:

"We cannot define anything precisely. If we attempt to, we get into that paralysis of thought that comes to philosophers, who sit opposite each other, one saying to the other, 'You don't know what you are talking about! '. The second one says, 'What do you mean by know? What do you mean by talking? What do you mean by you? '" - PetSounds

The Contenders

11 German

I beg to differ. German is a very logically structured language, certainly more so than French or English, and it's easy to construct a clause from the basic words. What's more, you see a word written down, and you immediately know how to pronounce it. - PositronWildhawk

12 Italian
13 PE


14 Mathematics


Yet sarcastically humiliating me that I found distaste in Positronwildhawk's humor on sex and rather prefer physics jokes and others yet I'm less pretentious - Kevinsidis

15 Welsh
16 Chinese
17 Sign Language

Mr. Bean has you covered, no need for this - TwilightKitsune

18 Geography
19 Statistics
20 Spanish
21 Professional Communications
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