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I take Maths and I find it really difficult, one of my best friends takes English and finds it really difficult...

I always moan about Maths and she always moans about English and my stock response is "Basically you dislike English because you get a lot of work and your teacher is horrible, I hate maths because I can't do it." and she insists that English is way harder than Maths (Even though she got a C for Maths GCSE.....) and that Maths would be a walk in the park compared to English... and then my other friend who takes Maths but not English agrees that English is probably way harder than Maths.

And I'm just sat there like :facepalm:, I get that English is a lot of work but the work that's actually set is pretty easy to understand, if you don't understand Maths, you're fu.cked.


Soo which one do you think is harder?
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I do both, and I enjoy English Lit more to be honest, probably because it's the one I have more of a natural ability for.
I find maths fairly difficult at times, but it is manageable.
At the end of the day it's down to how much you enjoy either one, or your natural ability.
I'd say Maths is harder, personally.
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I guess that would depend on the student, they're both definitely difficult A-levels, however, most of the students I talk to say that Maths is a manageable A-Level if you keep on top of the work-load, and 'most' people can do well in it, whereas English Literature tends to be more for students who enjoy, are good at and have a genuine interest for the subject.
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Whichever you're worse at. Neither is intrinsically harder.

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I found Maths a lot harder than English, but I think that's just how my brain works.
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Yeah i hate people that don't do maths AS or A level and claim its easier than other subjects.

If that was the case WHY THE **** DIDNT THEY DO IT INSTED OF THEIR OTHER ****TY SUBEJCTS?!
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I do English. I hate English.
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I do both and find them about the same. Maths is sometimes harder to grasp but once you've got it, its easy and you know the same type of things come up each year + loads of past papers etc. English Lit is subjective and so often down to a bit of luck, you can get a nasty question and you're totally screwed.

I'd say Maths is slightly harder, but a lot more people are getting A's in my class in Maths than in Lit
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eng lit requires a lot more work, but maths requires much more brain power

personally, I think the normal maths course is just really easy (as opposed to further maths, which is a challenge), and eng lit is a massive hassle (but that's probably because I hate reading).
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Maths is easier to get an A* in, but more difficult to get a B in. If you can do maths, you can do maths. English is easy enough to do alright in, but the top marks are seriously difficult to attain. Not least because doing well in English depends so much on getting up on the right side of the bed on the day of the exam. It's a qualitative difference between the two.

I have done both, just to qualify the above.
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(Original post by kayyyy_x)
I take Maths and I find it really difficult, one of my best friends takes English and finds it really difficult...

I always moan about Maths and she always moans about English and my stock response is "Basically you dislike English because you get a lot of work and your teacher is horrible, I hate maths because I can't do it." and she insists that English is way harder than Maths (Even though she got a C for Maths GCSE.....) and that Maths would be a walk in the park compared to English... and then my other friend who takes Maths but not English agrees that English is probably way harder than Maths.

And I'm just sat there like :facepalm:, I get that English is a lot of work but the work that's actually set is pretty easy to understand, if you don't understand Maths, you're fu.cked.


Soo which one do you think is harder?
A teacher once said to my mum that our minds are kind of set in fixed ways of thinking. If you're good at logical subjects like Maths and Science, you're usually bad at English and language subjects and vice versa. I don't know how true this is but I have always found it funny because amongst my own friends this has tended to be the case.

I personally find English a lot easier than maths but I think the main problem I have with maths is that I always read the numbers in the wrong order so meh.. :P Like the question could talk about the number 253 but I would read it as 352
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I do both.

In my opinion, it's easier to get a good grade in Maths but the subject itself is harder.

English is easier but the whole "You need this many AO1 and AO2 and this many AO4" thing is driving me crazy. Any more of this AO talk and I will cry. I don't want to sit in an exam calculating how many AO's I've done.
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I think they are both difficult, but it is easier to get a good grade in Maths than it is in English Lit because if you do many past papers for Maths you will end up learning the technique but with English it is all much more unpredictable.
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For me I'd say maths is way easier (because I find maths really easy) but one of my friends would rather die than do maths. It's all dependant on personal opinion.

IMO if you're a logical thinker and naturally good at maths it's easy as pie - further pure is a bit of a kicker every now and again, though.

I don't do English Lit but I can imagine it not being my best subject. I mean I got an A* in language in GCSE and only an A in Lit, probably due to the fact I just don't read at all...
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Firstly, whole subjective argument (but that's obvious)

From the experience of doing both at AS Level, Maths was more of a "Do loads of papers and succeed" thing, whereas English was "Revise loads but you could still do **** on the exam" thing.

If you "get" English it's kinda easy, if you "get" Maths, it's easier to get the grade in but you can still do well from learning how to answer papers. Bit of a gamble really.
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Depends how much work you're willing to put in... I did about 5 million practice essays for my A2 lit exam and couldn't get my grade above a B... I now do a science foundation year at uni and am finding that, although maths makes my head hurt, lots of practice really does help to clarify it all and make it stick.
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Me, they both require understanding, as has been said though, English, especially at A level, is more down to natural talent, personally, i like and do well at both, but Maths requires more tries, especially further! English is definitely my 'thing' though!
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(Original post by kayyyy_x)
I take Maths and I find it really difficult, one of my best friends takes English and finds it really difficult...

I always moan about Maths and she always moans about English and my stock response is "Basically you dislike English because you get a lot of work and your teacher is horrible, I hate maths because I can't do it." and she insists that English is way harder than Maths (Even though she got a C for Maths GCSE.....) and that Maths would be a walk in the park compared to English... and then my other friend who takes Maths but not English agrees that English is probably way harder than Maths.

And I'm just sat there like :facepalm:, I get that English is a lot of work but the work that's actually set is pretty easy to understand, if you don't understand Maths, you're fu.cked.


Soo which one do you think is harder?
This is a totally subjective question. Neither is harder than the other. I'd say English is easier because I was always **** at Maths and I take English now. My friend who is a Maths whiz hates English. It's all opinion based.

Edit: I agree that English seems to be mostly natural talent as some people find it really difficult to get their head around writing essays, etc whereas the structure of an essay just comes naturally to others. You could revise all you want and memorise a whole book but you may still get a D.
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Is this a real question?
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