# Times tables/ multiplication

United States
June 25, 2007 11:52am CST
How did you learn your times tables when you were growing up? I remember we were taught in a variet of ways and we spent a considrable amount of time on it in school. We wrote them down 10 times each. We were show flash cards. We were drilled in class. My mother drilled me at home. I learned them okay but not as fast as I probably should have... No my son is struggling with learning them. The traditional ways of teaching doesn't seem to be working. Are their any creative ways that you know of to teach/learn timestables. I know a few tricks that my daughter learned. She does something with her knuckles for the 9's. How well did you learn yours? Any tips?
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@rhinoboy (2129)
25 Jun 07
I guess I must have learned the old fashioned way like you! I've seen that knuckle trick before ut can never remember how it's done. I think the best way isn't parrot-fashion but to somehow get him to see how the numbers interact. I liked that the 9x table, everything adds up to nine and the first digit goes up and the second goes down, ie 18, 27, 36. I also find it easier to work with the rounder numbers. i remember 6x6 is 36 and 8x8 is 64, but I would have to work out 7x7 so i would think 10x7 is 70, 3x7 is 21, so 70-21 = 49. This is probably all useless though, as I'm an accountant so excel and calculators have made my arithmetic rather rusty!
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• United States
25 Jun 07
Your work out your times tables very much like I do. I know the very ones you mentioned better than I know some of the ones. I'm not sure why that is. We may have focused more on those when I was in school, or they just may have "stuck" better. Thanks for you response.
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@sunshinecup (7871)
25 Jun 07
I am in the same boat. What we have been doing this summer with the girls is practicing them over and over again. I make up sheets with all fours, then they work them as fast as they can, then we move to 3's and on. They have to work these everyday (1 sheet a day) and I can see an improvement in their times. I reckon that old saying, practice makes perfect is true.
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• Morocco
25 Jun 07
thank you for this explication
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@Stiletto (4579)
25 Jun 07
I learned them the old-fashioned way - we recited them over and over (and over!) again in school. It was unbelievably boring but it worked. In fact even now when it comes to the hard ones like the 8's and 9's I still find myself reciting it in my head to get the answer. The other thing is I learned them when I was about 6 or 7. Nowadays, here at least, they seem to wait until children are a bit older before teaching them their tables.
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• United States
26 Jun 07
With my children, they started working on it in the 3rd grade, which would make them about 8-9 years old. I don't think they spend as much time on them in school as they used to. I think they leave it more up to the parents to help them.
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@deebomb (15307)
• United States
25 Jun 07
Can you put them to music? I hhave heard that any thing put to musice kids can learn pretty fast. I learn them pretty much the way that you did too. When my kids were growing up there a commercial that helped learn about a lot of things. That was where I learned what an adjutive and a conjuntion was. I think it was called school house rock. I just checked and they o have something for Times tables/ multiplication and it looks like they run around 11 to 13 Dollare. http://astore.amazon.com/schoolhouserock-20
@deebomb (15307)
• United States
25 Jun 07
Here is a sampling of the school house rock. There are several of the segments that we watched back in the 70s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYraYrHvgcE&mode=related&search=
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@deebomb (15307)
• United States
26 Jun 07
Kids today can't concentrate the way we did because of the fast pace of the media and vedio game so they seem to have to be entertainded to learn easily.
• United States
26 Jun 07
I bought him a couple of CD's a few years ago. They didn't seem to help much. He did take it upon himself to put one in the CD player a few times at the begining of the summer when we were dropping his sister off at camp. I also bought him some workbooks to work on this summer. He was working on them yesterday. The CD's were called multiplication rap and muliplication country. I think they have a few other styles as well. I remember schoolhouse rock from when I was a kid. I don't have highspeed internet so I can't look at utube from my computer. I'll have to check it out the next time I visit my parents. Thanks for your suggestions and help.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
25 Jun 07
When I was in Elementary there was a timetable chart and they were all on there. The last one being 9x9=81. I loved learning time tables, it was so much fun. After multiplication came divisions and you could multiply to check your division answers. Then came fractions, I hated fractions and could not get pass them. To this day, I am still trying to get passed fractions.
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@derek_a (10874)
25 Jun 07
I remember in school at the beginning of each math lesson we would recite a times table aloud and together. As we knew each one, we would move on to the next from 2 times up to 12 times. It must have worked because I can remember it to this day. No flash cards at all in those days. Alphabet was learned in the same way in English lessons :-)
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@brokentia (10389)
• United States
18 Jul 07
I just wrote the times table over and over again. You know that table where you have 1 through 9 on top and again on the left...that you light it up and that gives you the answer. I would write that over and over again until I got it.
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• United States
25 Jun 07
I learned them like you did and I still remember most of them. Some numbers I had trouble with and still have to think a little bit about them.
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@crystal8577 (1466)
• United States
25 Jun 07
I don't remember how I learned mine. My oldest is learning hers though. Her teacher gave her a table to learn by & memorize. She also has a learning computer & there is a program on there to help her.
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@stella1989 (2274)
• India
26 Jun 07
Learning table was always a BIG thing for me..!! Not that simple..!! I struggled a lot really a lot!! I used to cram them like 3 hrs constantly with no break..!! Still no change.Then I stared writing them up 10 times every day..!! And after so many days and so much struggle I succeded to learn these tables till 9 only!! And Till TODAY I know table only till 9...!! I am 18 now....and still!! But now I am much more faster in counting things up and now there are many others ways to multiply things up..!! So now theres no need to CRAM the tables up. AS I can always multiply them easily..no matter how many digits number it is. But verbaly I only know table till 9 only..:P :P So sorry I cannot give any tip on this topic cause this was itself next to impossible thing for me!! All the best for your kid. :)
• United States
26 Jun 07
Thank you for sharing and thanks for your good wishes.
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• United States
25 Jun 07
The times tables are easy to learn if you just keep at it....the three table has a pattern 3,6,9, then when you need the next set 12, 15, 18 notice that the sum of the digits of each equal 3, 6, and 9. The next set is the same 21, 24, 27, and it is the same for the next set but then the pattern breaks. The nines table is easy for the sum of the digits for each is always nine...9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, 81, 90. The fours table is easy if you remember the code 48260, those are the five ending numbers for each set of five, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 then 24, 28, 32, 36, 40. five table is easy ending number is either a 5 or a 0. I don't known how high you have to go or which tables you are learning but theres a few.
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• United States
25 Jun 07
Thanks for your tips. I'll give him this info and see if he finds it helpful. It seems to me that it will.
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@wachit14 (3595)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I remember that we learned them one number at a time so that we really had to know the times table for that one number before we had to move on to the next number. Both my kids had their own little tricks for remembering. My daughter had the most problems and it did take her a lot longer. Thankfully, the internet was very helpful in getting her to learn, but the most important thing was to practice as much as possible. Here is a cute website just for the purpose of learning multiplication. The games they have on there might help your son memorize the number combinations and the fact that it's a game may hold his interest. Good luck! http://www.multiplication.com/interactive_games.htm
• United States
26 Jun 07
Thanks for your help. I'll check out the website.
@castleghost (1304)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I have a problem remembering numbers so learning the times table was hard for me. I still struggle with it at times. My daughter is going in to the third grade next year. Her mom tries to do school work with the children during the summer months. Anyway there is a website that someone told us about that you might find helpful. Try going to iknowthat.com It has all kinds of different things to teach the children. Here is another one that she found useful as well. http://www.coolmath4kids.com/times-tables/times-tables-lesson-lattice-multiplication-1.html
• United States
26 Jun 07
@2wicelot (2945)
25 Jun 07
When I was a kid I never actually learned the times table. I was so poor at anything mathematical. later, I learned the 2 the 5 and the 10 tabels. I also learned the 11 table. These ones where easy enough. It was not until I was grown that I actually got the idea of waht it was all about and actually learned the other tables. I found a way to do it and now I can pretty much multiply anything in my head.
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@shorva (923)
• Philippines
30 Jun 07
We had to memorize them and we had to recite it in the class. Then everyday our teacher would flash cards until we get to know it by heart. My nephew too is having a hard time with it. I know people do that knuckle thing but I never learned that. I think that's a good technique.
26 Jun 07
I learned the table up to 12. We cut and made on using card and then covered it to protect it. Slow progress getting used to it but I liked the way my teacher show our class and it made sense and stuck with me :) ~Joey Could be an idea to get some card and make one then use it as a guide and for learning :P
@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I remeber doing that in the third grade. It was easy at first tehn it got harder. We did it 10 times and I felt like it was a write off but now I understand why we had to do it , we also had the flash cards as I still have them here somewhere in the house. I don't remember how I did it I just remeroized it.
• India
26 Jun 07
time is money this words are femouse becouse whant to have that incash each every second.so time table is important to all pesons life,and timetable manegment is plan of life that gives smart decipline of life.....