## TIMES TABLES

Memorising your times tables or multiplication tables saves you so much time in the long run. It is much faster to know that 7 x 9 = 63 than to have to turn to the calculator every time.

The way to memorize the times tables is to write and/or say them over and over again. Don't try to learn everything all at once or you'll get confused. Just choose one table to learn and work on it until you know it or have had enough. Then move onto another. Make sure you come back to earlier ones to see if you got them right. Ask someone to check you.

Work out whether you prefer to say 0 as zero or naught, and stick to one pronunciation so that you can develop a rhythm as you say the tables. I learned to say my times tables with 'naught' and my friend learned to say his times tables with 'zero'. Neither is more or less correct, just choose what seems to flow best for you.

Also choose whether you prefer to say, ". . ., two threes are six, two fours are eight, two fives are ten, . . ." or ". . . three twos are six, four twos are eight, five twos are ten, . . . ". Again, there is no correct way, just choose one particular way that seems most natural to you and stick with it.

Say the whole table when you are beginning, every time, so that it becomes a type of poem - you are rote learning after all. Don't let anyone scare you into thinking you have to know each individual fact separately. That will come with time, but the whole point of learning them as tables is that there are patterns in the tables that you can use to help you remember them. I did the highest level of maths possible at school and I still often repeat four or five lines of a table to myself, rather than trying to just remember a single multiplication, to double-check that I have multiplied correctly.

It doesn't matter what order you learn the tables in. Some people prefer to learn all the easy ones first - 0's, 1's, 2's, 5's, 10's, 11's - and then work on the harder ones. Others prefer to intersperse hard and easy to reward themselves for having conquered a difficult table.

Yes, I have included the 0 times table and the 1 times table. Most people will just know them inately, but some people will need to learn them. They are a great way of practicing the rhythm of tables. And they reinforce the concept that anything multiplied by zero is zero, and anything multiplied by one is itself.

Enjoy rote learning your times tables!

The way to memorize the times tables is to write and/or say them over and over again. Don't try to learn everything all at once or you'll get confused. Just choose one table to learn and work on it until you know it or have had enough. Then move onto another. Make sure you come back to earlier ones to see if you got them right. Ask someone to check you.

Work out whether you prefer to say 0 as zero or naught, and stick to one pronunciation so that you can develop a rhythm as you say the tables. I learned to say my times tables with 'naught' and my friend learned to say his times tables with 'zero'. Neither is more or less correct, just choose what seems to flow best for you.

Also choose whether you prefer to say, ". . ., two threes are six, two fours are eight, two fives are ten, . . ." or ". . . three twos are six, four twos are eight, five twos are ten, . . . ". Again, there is no correct way, just choose one particular way that seems most natural to you and stick with it.

Say the whole table when you are beginning, every time, so that it becomes a type of poem - you are rote learning after all. Don't let anyone scare you into thinking you have to know each individual fact separately. That will come with time, but the whole point of learning them as tables is that there are patterns in the tables that you can use to help you remember them. I did the highest level of maths possible at school and I still often repeat four or five lines of a table to myself, rather than trying to just remember a single multiplication, to double-check that I have multiplied correctly.

It doesn't matter what order you learn the tables in. Some people prefer to learn all the easy ones first - 0's, 1's, 2's, 5's, 10's, 11's - and then work on the harder ones. Others prefer to intersperse hard and easy to reward themselves for having conquered a difficult table.

Yes, I have included the 0 times table and the 1 times table. Most people will just know them inately, but some people will need to learn them. They are a great way of practicing the rhythm of tables. And they reinforce the concept that anything multiplied by zero is zero, and anything multiplied by one is itself.

Enjoy rote learning your times tables!