Learning Multiplication Tables

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Learning Multiplication Tables

Multiplication tables, or times tables – the bane of lower primary math. Is there any way to help our children remember these better?

Learning the times tables is key to mastering primary school math, as memorisation of the tables support mathematical learning and understanding of multiplication and division. These concepts form the foundation to our mental arithmetic, as well as estimation skills. Research has shown that children become more confident and open to learning new concepts once they have mastered the times tables.

Times Tables Tricks

For a start, children should already learn the times tables of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 11. The learning of the times tables of 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 will be emphasised here.

The 3 Times Table

The 4 Times Table

The 4 times table is easy to master, if you have mastered the 2 times table well. Every answer is twice that of those in the 2 times table:

Math Tutor Singapore - 2 Times Table

The 9 Times Table

If you’re wondering why we work with the 9 times table first, it is because the 6 and 7 times tables are tougher to remember.

For the 9 times table, the digits in the tens place go from 0 to 9, while the digits in the ones place go from 9 to 0. Easy peasy!

Math Tutor Singapore - 9 Times Table

The 8 Times Table

For the 8 times table, all we need to recall is the 2 times table so to speak! The digits in the tens place go from 0 to 8, while the digits in the ones place go 8, 6, 4, 2, 8, 6, 4, 2! Or you can remember it the other way around too:

Math Tutor Singapore - 8 Times Table

For the 6 and 7 times tables, you may need to take a while to get used the tricks of memorising them:

The 6 Times Table

The 7 Times Table

So there you have it! Hopefully these tricks will be helpful in remembering the times tables!

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