When helping your child to memorise their times tables, you may have found yourself asking whether there’s anything you can do to make it easier. The good news? Yes, there is! While using a variety of fun methods can help, there are also some neat tips and tricks that can make it easier to memorise your times tables.
These tips work best with learning tables in a specific order, which will make the process much easier!
2 times table
It is important that children first understand number patterns, which will help them learn their tables.
- You can use a 10 by 10 grid to help learn them; find a counter and jump two squares at a time, chanting ‘two’, ‘four’ and working up through the table or get them to colour in the multiples of 2. This technique can be used with all tables!
- After a few rounds of this, try reciting the table with your child, gradually going further through the table as their confidence increases.
3 times table
- The 3 times table can be a bit tricky, but with repetition, patience and practice, it can be mastered in no time! Using creative methods to learn tables can help to make this easier.
- Here’s a helpful hint for more experienced tablers: if the sum of a digit is 3, 6 or 9, it’s in the 3 times table!
4 times table
- If your child knows the 2 times table, you can work out the answers by doubling the answers from the 2 times table (if 5 x 2 is 10, then 5 x 4 must be 20!).
- It’s useful to bear in mind that all the answers will end in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8, as all the numbers in the table are even.
5 times table
- Similar to the 2 times table, use the 100 square grid to help your child understand the pattern of the 5 times table.
- The 5 times table has a nice rhythm to it, and can be very catchy to say aloud! Why not make the table into a rhythmic chant?
- For more experienced tablers: if you know the 10 times table, you can halve answers to give you those for the 5 times table (if 6 x 10 = 60, then 6 x 5 = 30).
6 times table
- For more experienced tablers: if you know the 3 times table, you can double the answers from the 3 times table.
- The sum of the digits in every answer is always 3, 6 or 9!
7 times table
- The 7 times table can be a bit challenging as it is a prime number and doesn’t fit any rules, so be patient and try reciting it slowly, encouraging your child to join in.
- Using a 10 x 10 grid can come in very helpful here, helping children to visually see the table at work!
8 times table
- For more experienced tablers: if you know the 4 times table, you can double the answers to learn the 8 times table.
9 times table
- Here’s a trick that can help! Hold up both of your hands and put down the finger for the number you are multiplying by – so for 4 x 9, hold down the fourth finger on your left hand, leaving three fingers before the bent finger, and six after it, meaning the answer is 36!
10 times table
- For multiples of 10, it’s useful to understand place value. All you need to do is move one place to the left!
- You can use a 100 number square grid to help you.
11 times table
- Put the number you are multiplying next to itself – so 2 x 11 makes 22, or 3 x 11 is 33!
12 times table
- The 12 times table is mostly a matter of practice, but with other tables in the bag, it should be quite easy to learn!
Once you know your tables, you’re set! Just remember that repetition is key to staying on tip-top form. DoodleTables can come in very handy for this, with its personalised work programmes adjusting to your child’s needs.
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Article by Lucy at DoodleMaths.