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Memorizing times tables is a very important step in becoming good at math, and can be useful in many real life situations.^{[1] X Research source } It might seem like a lot to learn, but by breaking it down into sections and practicing every day, you’ll be on your way to having it memorized in no time. You can even use songs, books, videos, and games to make learning fun!
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Method 1
Method 1 of 3:Memorizing Effectively
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1Make a times table chart. It should be a large square divided into 10 vertical sections (columns) and 10 horizontal sections (rows) to make 100 smaller squares. Number each column from 1 to 10 from left to right. Number each row from 1 to 10 from top to bottom. Next, fill in each square with the number you get when you multiply the number of the row with the number of the column. For instance, the square in row 2 and column 3 should be 6, because 2 times 3 is 6.
 Put this chart somewhere you’ll see it often, like on your fridge or in your bedroom.
 If you are memorizing up to the 12s instead of the 10s, give your chart 12 columns and 12 rows, so that you have a total of 144 squares.

2Practice counting up by 2s, 3s and 4s. This is called “skipcounting.” You start with the number you’re counting by, then keep adding that same number. For instance, if you were skipcounting by 3s, you would say “3, 6, 9, 12…” because each of those numbers is what you get if you add a 3. This will help you remember which numbers you get when you multiply by a 2, 3, or 4.Advertisement

3Practice reciting the 2, 3 and 4 times columns in order. Look at your times table and read the column for 2, 3, and 4 out loud. For instance, you would say “2 times 1 is 2, 2 times 2 is 4, 2 times 3 is 6,” and so on.^{[2] X Research source }
 You should practice this for about 510 minutes twice a day until you can do it easily without looking at the table.^{[3] X Research source }

4Learn to say the 2s, 3s, and 4s backwards. Start at the bottom of each column and start reciting backwards. For instance, for the 2s you would start with “2 times 10 is 20, 2 times 9 is 18,” etc. Do this until you can say them backwards easily without checking the table.

5Ask someone to quiz you on what you just learned. Have a friend ask you multiplication questions about the numbers 2, 3, and 4. Have them start by asking you in order (“What is 2 times 1? What is 2 times 2? What is 2 times 3?" etc.). Do that for 510 minutes twice a day, until you can answer each question easily, then have them start asking you the same questions but out of order (“What is 3 times 7? What is 2 times 5?" etc.).^{[4] X Research source }

6Have someone ask you multiplication questions backwards. Instead of saying “2 times 3 equals what?” they will say “6 equals 2 times what?” This will help you really understand each multiplication problem back to front.
 This is sometimes easier when you can look at the numbers, since you will be used to seeing certain numbers together. Try doing written problems too.

7Write multiplication problems on triangular flashcards. Cut triangles out of thick construction paper and write the 2 numbers you’re multiplying on 2 of the corners, with the answer on the third corner. That way, you can quiz yourself by looking at 2 corners and figuring out what’s on the third corner. You should only do this once you’re comfortable answering multiplication questions backwards. This exercise is also helpful for learning division.^{[5] X Research source }
 You can also find triangular multiplication flashcards to print out here: http://donnayoung.org/math/tricard1bl.htm

8Repeat this process for the rest of the times table. Divide the remaining columns up and memorize the 5s, 6s, and 7s, then the 8s, 9s, and 10s (and the 11s and 12s if you're learning them).
 Don’t stop practicing columns once you’ve learned them!
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Method 2
Method 2 of 3:Making Learning Fun for Kids
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1Read stories about multiplication. There are several stories written to help readers make sense of multiplication, such as “The Best of Times” by Greg Tang. Learning with fun stories can help you remember the answers to tricky multiplication questions.^{[6] X Research source }

2Play “Math Card War” with a friend. Take a regular deck of playing cards and take out all the (Jokers) cards. Jacks is 11, Queens is 12, and Kings is 0 (13 if your advanced). Divide the deck evenly among whoever is playing. Each turn, every player draws 2 cards from the top of their deck and multiplies the number on their first card by the number on their second card. Whoever’s cards multiply to the highest number wins that turn, and gets to keep the cards that the other players put down. The player who ends up with all the cards in the deck wins.

3Play a multiplication game like “Timez Attack.” Timez Attack is a free computer game designed to help players learn their times tables. Ask an adult or parent to help you download the game onto a computer that you can use.
 Greg Tang’s website also has fun multiplication games such as Kakooma, a puzzle that lets you pick the right answer out of a pattern: http://gregtangmath.com/kakooma

4Use songs to help you memorize the times table. You can find fun songs about multiplication online with your parent or teacher’s help, or ask your local librarian if they have any CDs of multiplication songs at the library.^{[7] X Research source }
 Try searching for “Mr. DeMaio time table songs” or “NumbeRock math songs” on YouTube for some fun educational tunes.

5Watch videos about the times table. You can ask for an adult’s help finding multiplication songs online, or ask them to order a video series like “Times Tales.” Learning with stories, sights and sounds will give you more ways to remember the times table.^{[8] X Research source }

6Use a multiplication learning app. “Llama Drama,” “Understanding Math Times Tables,” and “Montessori Math Multiplication” are all highrated math learning apps that your parents can download onto a phone or tablet.^{[9] X Research source } “Zap Zap Math” is another fun app that can be downloaded for free.^{[10] X Research source }

7Make goals and reward yourself when you meet them. If your goal is to memorize the 2s, 3s, and 4s in a week, talk to your parents about something fun you can do if you meet that goal, like go out for ice cream or go to the movies. Remember  you only get your reward if you meet your goal, so work hard!^{[11] X Research source }
 You can also put a gold star or sticker next to each row on the times table that you’ve memorized to keep track of how much you’ve learned.
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Method 3
Method 3 of 3:Using Tricks and Shortcuts
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1Use your fingers to keep track when you multiply. If you want to double check your answer, try skipcounting and holding up 1 finger for each number. For instance, if your problem is 2x6, you can skipcount by 2s until you are holding up 6 fingers. You should be on the number 12 when you get to your sixth finger, which is the correct answer.^{[12] X Research source }

2Figure it out using “landmark numbers.” You can use the multiplication problems you do know to figure out the ones you don’t. If you don’t know what 5x6 is, but you do know what 6x6 is, find the answer to 6x6 and then subtract 6. Any time the problem you’re working on is close to one you know the answer to, find the answer you know and then add or subtract to get the right answer.^{[13] X Research source }

3Learn the 9s trick. Hold your fingers out in the front of you and count on them from left to right until you get to the number you’re multiplying by 9 (for instance, if you’re multiplying 9 times 3, count 3 fingers). Bend that finger down. Now count the fingers that are up on the left side  that’s the first digit of your answer. Count the fingers that are up on the right side  that’s the second digit.Advertisement
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QuestionI do not understand the nines trick, can you explain?Here's how it works: Hold all ten fingers out in front of you with your palms facing away from you. Start counting from your left little finger. Count until you reach the number by which you're multiplying nine. Hold that finger down. Your answer's first digit will be the number of fingers still up to the left of the finger you're holding down. Your answer's second digit will be the number of fingers still up to the right of the finger you're holding down, For example, to multiply 9 times 6, count to six on your fingers starting with your left little finger. The sixth finger is your right thumb. Hold that down. Your answer's first digit is 5 (five fingers still up to the left of your right thumb). Your answer's second digit is 4 (four fingers still up to the right of your right thumb). Answer: 54.

QuestionI sometimes forget my times tables. Is there a trick to remember them?There's no trick. First you memorize. Then you periodically review what you've memorized.

QuestionI have always had the worst time with math facts. I have been really mean to myself and I beat myself up cause I cant memorize anything! Any advice?Anyone with a brain (and that includes you) can memorize things. Maybe it will take awhile, but you can do it. Buy or borrow a set of flash cards for multiplying single digits. Those cards were designed for precisely this purpose, and they've helped millions of students memorize the times tables. If you have to go through the stack of cards a thousand times, so be it. That's better than trying to get through school without memorizing the tables, which would make school much more miserable for you.

QuestionIs there something to remember when memorizing times tables?Tina XCommunity AnswerYes, you should have a deep understanding of how numbers add. This way, you can be familiar with multiplication.

QuestionWhat should i do if I understand math calculations well but my calculation speed is slow?Tina XCommunity AnswerYou can try improving calculating speed by practicing. There are plenty of worksheets online you can find that might be your level. If this does not help, talk to a school counselor about options for extended testtaking time to aid with slow comprehension.
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With a bit of practice, you'll be able to memorize your times tables and improve your math skills. If you have a times table chart, put it somewhere you see it often, like your fridge or in your bedroom, to help you memorize it. It’s best to start with the smallest numbers and work your way up the bigger numbers. After some practice, have a friend quiz you to test your memory. If you want to make multiplication more fun, try playing an online game like “Timez Attack” to practice. You could also listen to multiplication songs or watch videos about times tables online. To learn more tricks and shortcuts for memorizing your times tables, read on!