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Are any of these on your course schedule this semester?

Failing a college course isn't the end of the world (Image via Those Happy Moments)

Getting low grades is anything but fun, so it’s safe to say that nobody is sitting around saying, “Yay! I’m failing.” However, despite the unpleasantness, it’s a known fact that some of your course grades may plummet. Please know that if you’re not exactly the star student in your class, you’re not alone. Some of the most basic college classes are often the most difficult to pass. So, what are some of the college courses that students are most likely to fail?

Many students often associate commonly failed courses with mathematics and science. Whether this is accurate for you will very likely depend on your skill-set, learning-level, major and experience (or lack thereof) in similar courses in the past.

1. College Algebra

The evil, despicable and terrible villain of early high school has come back to haunt you. That’s right, students tend to struggle more with College Algebra than other college math classes. Why is this? It could be due to the fact that most freshmen are taking this course. Think about it: It’s your first semester of college and you’re attempting to adjust to your new schedule, subjects and environment.

These components combined with this mathematics class can very easily cause a “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore” moment. This class is adding significantly more information to what students had learned back in algebra class while in high school, so the students who struggled with the material will most likely not do too well in the college course.

2. Organic Chemistry

The presence of this class on this list might not come as a surprise. Yes, Organic Chemistry tends to be one of the most difficult classes some people happen to find themselves taking. So, why is this course considered to be so difficult compared to other science and mathematics courses?

Well, one reason could be due to the fact that, as the New York Times puts it, “You can’t memorize all the possible answers—you have to rely on intuition, generalizing from specific examples.” As a result, you have to be able to work with subjects in a grey area rather than a strictly black-and-white one. Though, if you’re a very logical person, this does not necessarily mean that you won’t do well in this class.

3. Physics

The Laws of Thermodynamics, gravity and Isaac Newton—these are all subjects normally associated with the study of Physics. Maybe you loved the class in high school and moved onto college just to experience a nightmare. According to a “Wired” article, students tend to mess up in this course by making the mistake of concentrating more on getting an answer in Physics than actually learning by working through the puzzle and gleaning as much information from it as possible.

For example, a student would likely concentrate more on attempting to find an equation’s solution on Google than on memorizing the steps that should be taken to find the answer.

4. Anatomy and Physiology

In high school, A&P, as some people called it, was a blast. From the nervous system to the cardiovascular system, students learned about the basic functions and processes of the human body. Yet, when students get to college, “Ultrasound Schools Info” claims that this class includes an “intense workload, high expectations and [a] relative lack of guidance from the professor.” According to this same source, students must work hard, make timely submissions and be willing to complete work without much assistance from an instructor. This might make it a little bit more difficult than the high school class you came to love, but it can still be equally enjoyable and educational.

To clarify, just because these classes are said to be a nightmare for some does not necessarily mean that all, if any, of these classes will be a nightmare for you; this just happens to be the case for a few students. For instance, the movie “It” (the 1990 version with Tim Curry and Richard Thomas, of course) might be scary for some and an intriguing, laid-back production for others. As a result, one can easily conclude that it is all a matter of perspective and mindset.

Yes, these classes are ones that are more likely to show up as “F’s” on students’ transcripts. However, this doesn’t mean that every student who takes these courses won’t pass, or that even a few of the students taking these courses will not succeed. It merely means that students are less likely to fail in other classes. Though, this most definitely is not always true. The grades that you get will depend on you and how hard you try. Therefore, how students do in a specific class will differentiate on a student-to-student basis.

It’s important that you do not take a look at the classes listed above and “psych” yourself out (so to speak). In fact, you can do great in any of these courses even if others don’t. Allow this article to encourage you to do better and to know that although a select number of college professors (some of whom may or may not teach these courses) might be determined to fail some of their students, this does not necessarily reflect on what the overall difficulty of the class is and could be if the professor would only have a different point-of-view.

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