Learning this can change the way you study for the rest of your life.

Think your college courses are tough? Well… you need to read this…

This will improve your grades and confidence. It’s based around a very surprising and simple fact that most people don’t know.

Once you learn it, you can use the tools on this site to change everything.

This didn’t turn out exactly as I expected. I went from searching for a way to judge the hardest college courses into this.

It is one of the most important realizations for anyone facing a tough course.

Researching for this article turned into a bit of a journey. It took me down a number of different paths.

It led me to a super important question: How do you even find this information without relying on stories people tell you.

The Stories That Are Unbelievably WRONG!

Image Source
Our instincts lead in one direction but the reality is different (and can improve everything.)

There are hundreds of lists on this subject. Almost all of the lists are just speculation by an author. They just through out stuff that sounded right.

They list the usual “hard” classes like:

  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Anatomy
  • Thermodynamics (Eek… I don’t even know what that means.)

But this is wrong.

It’s horribly wrong.

They were trusting what they’ve always been told.

I eventually found good research on the subject.

It led me to the first step for finding the most challenging class:

The best method for finding the hardest college course was using failure rates.

Students would fail difficult classes. They would pass the easier classes.

That makes some sense, right?

What I found blew my mind.

Warning: It’s Not What Most Students Think

What makes a difficult class anyway? That’s actually the wrong question.

When I first started with this idea, I was thinking the hardest college course would look hard.

I expected to see organic chemistry on the list. Calculus would be on my list. You know the kind of class I’m talking about, right?

I was expecting to see the kinds of classes where students regularly spent hours a week studying. I expected the kind of courses “good” students struggled in.

When I think of challenging courses, my brain focuses on a few typical areas.

What Makes A Course Painfully Difficult?

There are three main reasons I’d think a course is difficult:

  • Obscure Memorization
  • Complex Math
  • Tons Of Work

First of all, I think about obscure memorization. Some classes require an extensive amount of memorization.

When that memorization includes a bunch of obscure, long, and hard to remember words, the challenge starts to kick in.

Most students suffer immensely through these kinds of courses. (Of course, if you focus on the strategies taught on this blog you won’t have that big a problem.)

As soon as the math problem starts taking up a full page I’d get concerned.

Next, I think of courses with complex math. Calculus (or Calculus II) is the perfect example for this.

If a student doesn’t have an instinctual understanding of the previous math, they’re going to struggle to keep up in these more advanced courses.


Essentially, these courses are difficult because they require such a huge list of prerequisites to do well in. If you’re not prepared, you will struggle.

Another major challenge that I think about is workload. Some courses have huge work expectations. This might be expected in some kind of a legal course load. I personally haven’t suffered through this but that’s what I think about.

When someone needs to spend hours and hours a week writing papers they’re going to struggle. This is particularly true if they’re not the kind of student that actually cares about what they do.

This all seems to make sense, right?

Well… It might but it certainly doesn’t explain this…

The Most Failed College Course Is…

Image Source
If you’re working for hours a day on a course then you’re setting yourself up for a challenge.


You know… that subject you passed in high school.

In most colleges around the United States, Algebra is one of the most failed courses.

Where is organic chemistry? Where is Calculus III or Managerial Accounting? How about those obscure courses that require hundreds of pages of writing? Well… they hardly even show up on the list of most failed college courses until nice and late.

The list of the most failed college classes is usually filled with remedial classes.

They’re the kinds of classes that college students usually have already passed.

What’s so hard about algebra? Well… considering they probably were required to pass this class in high school before even graduating, it might be safe to say, not all that much. It appears the most failed class isn’t actually the hardest college course. To me, this is saying something completely different.

I certainly don’t mean to say that this courses aren’t tough because they absolutely are in certain situations. When a student has fallen behind it can  be significantly more challenging to catch up. This is a sign of extraordinary motivation and intelligence.

How To Stop Fooling Around and Start Winning

Algebra can be a serious challenge when you don’t know how to do it. College students seem to verify that fact.

Assuming algebra isn’t the most challenging course in college (call me crazy but I think that’s a pretty safe assumption,) why are people failing it at a higher percentage than your average organic chemistry course?

People are failing it because it has very little to do with the class. It has everything to do with the people. And no, this has little to do with actual intelligence.

Student’s that are behind in high school (the kind of student that needs to take basic Algebra courses,) are students that probably don’t have good habits. They struggled because they didn’t pay attention or put the required time in.

The students that take organic chemistry already know how to learn. They have the good habits. They have the background. This gives them a head start.

Certain classes are more difficult than other classes. Despite that, students that know how to study and learn will still do better.

Take one “bad student” and put him or her into a super basic class. They are still more likely to fail than a “good student” taking a super difficult course.

I’ve said it once but it’s worth repeating: the most failed college course has almost nothing to do with the class and it has everything to do with the student.

Students can typically survive the really difficult courses.

This Is The Uplifting Part

Let me ask you this about the hard course you’re taking or thinking about taking. Are you worried about failing because the course is too tough? Well… odds are, if you fail, the course is not the one to blame.

You can take this as a slap in the face or a sportsman’s slap in the ass. If you don’t have a good reason you think you’ll fail then you need to be careful not to doubt yourself so much.

Make the right decisions and you’ll be in an amazing position to pass any class you take. If you don’t give up then you probably don’t have anything to worry about.

Don’t give up and don’t forget what your decisions are capable of doing for you.

Do you want to know how to study in less than 15 minutes a night while scoring near the top of your class? That’s what this blog is all about. Be sure to check out the members only area.

Image Sources: Cheryl Holt, Peter Hess, Symic, Pitel, 113026679@N03, 13891558@N00

What’s The Most Failed College Course? This Will Surprise You

Unlock Your True Potential

Have you ever felt like you could be more?

I’m going to go out on a limb and say “You’re right.”

I know this because you’re here. Because you’re reading this. (I’ve seen the analytics. Most people that show up on this site don’t have it in them to read this. Honestly, this stuff isn’t always easy to understand. They’d much rather get back to their memes that require zero IQ.)

You’re capable of great things.

Hi. I’m Aaron. I graduated college early taking a double course load while working 30 hour weeks. – And I didn’t do it because I’m particularly smart. – I barely survived some years in high school.

I learned strategies that took my academic game up to the next level.

And those are the strategies I’d like to teach you…

You are requesting contact through:


I agree to be added to this mailing list where I will receive study tips, random school musings, and promotional offers from Aaron & Smart Student Secrets.


We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp’s privacy practices here.


We hate spam! We protect your email with one of the biggest and most secure email platforms in the world. Your email will not be shared.

Olivia wants to tell you her story of taking her grades to the top.

She skyrocketed her grades while staying stress-free.

You can read her story here



Tagged on:                 

26 thoughts on “What’s The Most Failed College Course? This Will Surprise You

  • March 13, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Taking the time and actual effort to generate a superb article… but what can I say… I put things off a lot and never manage to get anything done.

  • February 29, 2020 at 1:31 am

    Hello Dear, are you genuinely visiting this web site daily, if so afterward you will absolutely take fastidious know-how.

  • February 9, 2020 at 4:40 am

    You’ve made some good points there. I checked on the net for more info about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this web site.

  • February 2, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Hello, I desire to subscribe for this post to obtain most up-to-date updates, so where can i do it please help.

  • February 1, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Hi there, I read your blogs on a regular basis. Your humoristic style is witty, keep it up!

  • January 8, 2020 at 7:59 am

    When someone writes an article he/she retains the thought of a user in his/her mind that how a user can understand it. Therefore that’s why this post is great. Thanks!

  • December 28, 2019 at 5:01 am

    I was reading some of your posts on this internet site and I conceive this site is rattling informative! Keep on putting up.

  • December 26, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something that helped me. Thanks!|

  • December 26, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    whoah this blog is fantastic i love reading your posts. Keep up the great work! You recognize, lots of people are searching round for this info, you can aid them greatly.

  • December 20, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Good day! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  • December 20, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Hello friends, its fantastic paragraph concerning educationand entirely explained, keep it up all the time.

  • December 15, 2019 at 9:45 am

    What’s up, of course this article is really good and I have learned lot of things from it on the topic of blogging. thanks.

  • December 7, 2019 at 4:21 am

    whoah this blog is great i like studying your posts. Stay up the good work! You already know, a lot of persons are looking round for this info, you can aid them greatly. |

  • December 1, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Good information. Lucky me I came across your website by chance (stumbleupon). I have book-marked it for later!

  • November 23, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything

  • November 17, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Fantastic website you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any forums that cover the same topics discussed in this article? I’d really like to be a part of group where I can get feedback from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Bless you!

  • October 28, 2019 at 4:08 am

    Hi, the whole thing is going perfectly here and ofcourse every one is sharing information, that’s really good, keep up writing.|

  • October 28, 2019 at 4:06 am

    Hello! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the great work!

  • September 24, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    At the heart of your being you have the power; you know who you are and you understand what you want.

  • September 19, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Interesting post , keep up the good work. If you have time maybe you can check mine, Have a great day.

  • March 10, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read something like this before. So good to find someone with some authentic ideas on this subject. realy thanks for starting this up. this web site is something that is wanted on the internet, somebody with a bit of originality. useful job for bringing something new to the internet!

  • March 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Valuable info. Lucky me I found your website by accident, and I am shocked why this accident did not happened earlier! I bookmarked it.

  • February 25, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    I am constantly thought about this, thanks for posting.

  • February 24, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you a lot for giving everyone an exceptionally remarkable possiblity to discover important secrets from this blog. It really is so ideal plus packed with fun for me and my office fellow workers to visit your website really thrice per week to see the newest tips you have. And of course, I’m just certainly fulfilled considering the stunning secrets served by you. Certain 2 points in this posting are unquestionably the finest we have had.

  • February 19, 2019 at 5:29 am

    Hi, just came across this web page. Its a fantastic illustration of how small to medium sized businesses can use Awards based marketing to get their companies recognised on the 1st page of Google. Awards programmes offer many benefits to winners. After all they bring exposure and you can share the news of your win with your employees, clients, industry peers and target market as much as you like. Additonally awards offer prestige and status, giving potential customers peace of mind that they are working with a reputable company. There are many types of awards programmes, including those that host awards ceremonies (and you pay per table), organisations that award only their members (and you pay for membership and sponsorship) and those that provide marketing materials. The latter is a great choice for those who are unsure about the benefits of using corporate awards programmes because generally nominees and winners do not have to pay a penny to be a participant. Participants often receives online exposure, usually with a reach much greater than their own marketing efforts can offer. Other free benefits can include the use of an press release. Most participants have the option to purchase additional marketing materials to further utilise their win, if they wish to, for use in social media campaigns, on their own website, email marketing campaigns or in customer newsletters.

  • December 9, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Woah, very interesting. Did not see Algebra as one of the main courses on here. I think as students the easiest route for not doing well is to either blame the class or the teacher. I never thought about this in this perspective. Did anyone else reading expect it to be Algebra??


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *