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So, while reading unis' websites I spotted sth like question of "challenging subjects". I'm curious about that. Word "challenge" is sth very relative. For one person doing a SL B language would be a challenge, but for someone else it would be chemistry HL or Math HL.

What IB courses are challenging/difficult for you? Which of them do you find easy? And why?

For me Economics, Math and Physics couldn't be easier, but I don't like Econ essay work load (the topics are stupid in until this moment). The hardest courses that I took are German B SL and English B HL (it is really hard because of my teacher, not as a course. the teacher tries to make linguists of us).

Enjoy the discussion :)

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I find English and Spanish the hardest (probably because I don't work in Spanish), Maths HL was hard, when I was dong it, but i dont feel as difficult.

Physics and Chemistry have difficult parts, but generally is not too bad

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At the moment, Maths HL is my hardest subject, but history has the biggest workload (even though it's at SL!) because of the tons of pages I have to read. :)

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From the subjects I took, from hardest to easiest...

1= Maths Methods SL

1= Chemistry HL

2. Biology HL

3= Spanish B

3= Philosophy SL

4. English Literature HL

There's a MASSIVE gap between the hardest ones and the rest of them! None of them were that difficult once you get past Chem HL.

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HL Physics, I find myself having to go over a lot of topics afterwards before I fully understand them. It's partly due to my teacher and how he explains things, but I feel it requires the most work.

While I wouldn't consider it difficult personally, I tend to score lower in german B SL compared to my other subjects. It really isn't 'hard' with the exception of paper 1 though, sitting down and writing out a essay about a topic isn't too difficult for me, even though it may be littered with grammatical errors.

Everything else isn't too difficult, it's more that they require time to practice and such. I'm hesitant to call any of them easy, though chemistry SL comes close.

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well, i've barely just begun but i'll contribute anyway. im taking seven subjects, ordered from easiest to hardest:

1. arabic b hl

2. Economics SL

3. Math SL

4. Physics HL

5. Visual Arts SL

6. English A SL

7. DT HL

yeah ik i have like the weirdest combination of subjects :/

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I've actually not taken two of my classes yet due to a quirk of my school, though I'll have them in six weeks or so.

Thus far, however, I'd say I'm finding History HL the hardest. It's my favourite class so I don't mind the work!

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Easiest to Hardest:

French SL

Economics HL

Math SL

Physics SL

Chemistry HL

English HL

French was hands-down easiest subject ever. We did nothing in classes, had parties in April and some got screwed on the exams. But generally, people did well on their Language B subjects. English isn't really too hard, but it is very difficult to get a 7 on it.

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Easiest to hardest (in terms of workload and actual difficulty):

Spanish B SL

Math SL
Environmental Systems/Societies SL

English A HL

Visual Arts HL

Theatre Arts HL

I love my classes, though.

Edited by gabily

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Hardest to Easiest:

French B SL

Maths HL

Chemistry HL

Physics HL

Econ SL (but I don't work hard enough and my teacher is absolutely shocking)

English A Lit. SL

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Easiest to Hardest

English LL SL

Economics HL

French ab initio SL

Computer Science HL

Maths SL

Physics HL

Please note the gap represents that Physics is significantly more difficult than some of the other subjects! But I am managing so that's good.

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My hardest subjects are Math HL and Biology SL even though the latter is just one that I don't like haha.

Swedish B HL, English A SL, History HL and Business & Management SL I've found out to be a almost as a piece of cake to me.

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Ugh, for me the hardest (the one which I hate the classes most and am least sure of how I'm doing in) is Finnish B SL. Yeah taking a language you are fluent as a B language and in SL seems pretty easy but my problem is no one ever taught me how to write properly in Finnish (lived most of my life abroad and the time I have been here I haven't had ANYONE actually teach me grammar bc its "presumed knowledge" yeah right). Although the rest of the subjects do need a lot of effort, they are nonetheless easier because I am motivated :)

Easiest to hardest:
Math Studies SL
English A L&L HL
Psychology HL
Biology HL
Chemistry SL
Finnish B SL

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Hardest to easiest:

Chemistry SL

Maths SL

Biology HL

History HL

English HL

I'm really not a sciencey/analytical person, so there's a huge gap between my hard and easy subjects. It just depends on your personally strengths I guess.

What I don't like is how universities place more academic value on subjects that are more analytical rather than subjects that require a different form of lateral thinking, or subjects that are more arts-based. I actually did my TOK essay on this topic and it was quite a lot of fun to do, being an artsy person myself!

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Chemistry SL and Math ST (yes, it's kind of humiliating but even studies is quite hard for me :( ) are the most difficult subjects

Psychology HL even though challenging is simply nice and pleasant.

English B HL- easy one, very pleasant thing.

History is quite easy but I enjoy it even if it needs some effort to put in.

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