Learning your Multiplication Tables
This page has a number of suggestions to help learning the Multiplication Tables. The bottom line is that these need to be learnt off by heart and this is going to take determination and patience. There are a number of strategies that may help but that is all that they can do!
- To begin with repeated addition may be needed. As soon as possible get away from starting at the beginning. Try working backwards as well as forwards.
- Do not be afraid of repeating the tables out loud. When you do so say, 'One times three is three, two times three is six' and so on. This page will allow you to see any of the tables.
- Consider listening to and singing the tables. CDs are available to help but why not devise your own tunes?
- Get a copy of a blank tables grid and fill it in as quickly as you can. Record your time and try to get quicker over a period of time. Click here to download resources to help. A complete and interactive tables grid is available here.
- For a bit of fun try this page where you can click sections of a web to help a spider reach the centre. Keep refreshing the page to generate more webs to solve. Remember to say the tables out loud as you go and try to increase your speed.
- This page will randomly generate tables to be filled in and can be printed off. The tables to be tested can be customised − regular practice will improve how quickly individual number facts can be recalled.
- Take regular tests. Click here to take the timed Tables test, 10 randomly selected tables facts.
- For the nine times table you can use your hands. Click here to see how this method works.
- There is even a method on your hands for any of the tables from 6 × 6 and upwards. Click here for an explanation of this technique.
- We hope to add cards on our downloads page to play Multiplication Pairs or Multiplication Snap. A version of Multiplication Pairs will also be available to use online. Check back soon to see if it has been added.
- Some of the tables lend themselves to short-cuts. Here are a few examples.
- Perhaps the most important piece of advice . . . DO A LITTLE EACH DAY. This will achieve more than trying to learn everything at once.