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 and learning them in a specific order can help, there are also some neat tips and tricks that can make it easier to memorise each times table.
2 times table
The easiest way to help your child learn the 2 times table is to introduce them to number patterns. And what better way to do this than with a grid!
Firstly, download or create a 10 by 10 grid – you can download our free grid here. Then, find a counter and jump two squares at a time, chanting ‘two’, ‘four’ and gradually working your way up through the table. After a few rounds, try reciting the table with your child, going further through the table as their confidence and instant recall improves. This technique can also be used with all tables!
Using a grid to aid your learning is a fantastic way to help your child see what is happening when you move up through multiples of two, helping them to understand the relationship between each number.
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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!
Pointing out rules, such as the fact that all of the answers are odd numbers, can be really helpful. Or, 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!
If your child is struggling, you can always use the grid method (as above). Using creative methods or a dedicated multiplications app, such as DoodleTables, can also make the process of memorising them much easier!
4 times table
The number rules your child will have picked up from the 2 times table will come in very handy here. While using a number grid, show them visually how they can work out the answers for any multiple of 4 by doubling the answers from the 2 times table. For example, if 5 x 2 is 10, then 5 x 4 must be 20.
It’s also 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.
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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.
Point out that all answers in the table will either end in a 5 or a 0. Or, for a more creative approach, the 5 times table has a nice rhythm to it... It 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. For example, if 6 x 10 = 60, then 6 x 5 = 30.
6 times table
As your child learns this table, highlight helpful number rules. For example, if they were to double an answer from the 3 times table, they would have an equivalent answer for the 6 times table!
Another handy hint is to remind your child that the sum of the digits in every answer is always 3, 6 or 9.
7 times table
It's a fact: the 7 times table can seem rather scary. As 7 is a prime number, it doesn’t neatly fit into any of the number rules your child will recognise in other tables.
Be patient and try reciting it slowly, encouraging your child to join in. Reassure them that with repetition and practice they'll be able to master it. After all, they’ve already learned lots of other multiplications!
If they're really struggling, why not download DoodleTables? It has lots of engaging exercises and games tailored around this notoriously tricky table, making mastering it an engaging and entertaining experience!
8 times table
By building on their understanding of the 2 and 4 times tables, learning this table should be fairly simple. Point out that if they know their 4 times table, they can simply double the answers to learn the 8 times table!
9 times table
Here’s a handy trick that can help. Hold up both of your hands and put down the finger for the number you are multiplying by.
For example, for 4 x 9, hold down the fourth finger on your left hand. This leaves three fingers before the bent finger, and six after it, meaning the answer is 36!
10 times table
For multiples of 10, it's really useful to understand place value. All you need to do is move one place to the left! And remember: all answers will end in 0.
If your child knows the 5 times table, they can simply double their answers to find the equivalent for the ten times table.
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.
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Article by Lucy Hart