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Old 02-14-2015, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Quantum mechanics and Fourier Transforms are what did me in.
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Old 02-17-2015, 08:18 PM
 
Location: NJ
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College level physical chemistry, by far! If you scored a 35% on a P-Chem test, you were doing well. Not to mention the "Honk if you passed P-Chem" bumper stinkers found around campus.
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Old 02-18-2015, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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For me it was Geometry. I just didn't get it's value. It's also probably the only math subject I never used after I took it.

In college it was art history. All of those European churches looked alike to me.
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:53 AM
 
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Abstract algebra. My son said, "Just don't think of it as math and you'll be okay." What?
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Old 02-19-2015, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Whoville....
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for me - Geography - really rubbish at it in school.
For me it's English. I still can't diagram a sentence to save my soul. After 12 years of English classes, that's what I remember. Struggling to diagram sentences. That and correcting incorrect sentences. I just don't get the rules. Fortunately, I found out in college that all I have to do is write so it sounds right to me and I'm good. I can't correct an incorrect sentence or even tell you what's wrong with it but I can recognize it's not right and rewrite it so it sounds right and it will be right when I do. That was never acceptable to my English teachers in high school. They wanted me to tell them what was wrong with it when all I could do was rewrite it and give you a correct sentence. Reflecting back, you'd think that that would have been good enough.

I can tell by my students' writing that they do not correct sentences anymore. They don't recognize when they're incorrect. They just turn in garbage. Or maybe that's always been the case. I only really know about myself from school when I think about it. Maybe it's always been the case that kids suck at English.
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Old 02-19-2015, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Whoville....
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College level physical chemistry, by far! If you scored a 35% on a P-Chem test, you were doing well. Not to mention the "Honk if you passed P-Chem" bumper stinkers found around campus.
P-chem was fun. I remember getting 14% on a test and that was an A. IMO, the tests are poorly written when that happens.

English is still my most disliked subject though. I'd rather take an entire semester of P-chem than have to diagram another sentence. At least some things were interesting and made sense in P-chem.
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Old 02-19-2015, 08:34 AM
 
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For me it was Physics. Barely understood what was going on the whole time. Still wonder how I passed.

Oddly enough, I LOVED math. Especially geometry and calculus. Easy As.

Math and science are supposed to go together, but for me they never did. LOL
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Old 02-19-2015, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Sugarland
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for me - Geography - really rubbish at it in school.
I was never good at history. Chemistry and physics also had me thoroughly confused.

Oh, and I hated geometry too!
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Old 02-20-2015, 11:41 AM
 
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I had a tough time with high school geometry. I didn't have the patience to write out multi-step proofs and didn't see the point in doing it. I did fine in math classes after that, though, including calculus.

I also found English classes difficult for the writing component. I did relatively well, but I found it stressful to come up with an original thesis. The grading was also subjective, which stressed me out. I found that if I simply put in the time and effort, I could do well in any subject, other than English. For that, it was dependent upon whether the creative juices were flowing that day or not, and it was hard to summon them at will.
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Old 02-21-2015, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I took a biology class in college that was about the brain. Basically the worst grades i ever got in my life. Barely eeked out a C-. It was all that i am terrible at - memorizing. I need problems to go with my science. I was much better at chemistry ans physics, as those used math and logic.

I cannot memorize to save my life. As a result i also did terribly in physical anthropology and the intro pshychology courses as well.
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