By Kate F. Griffith on May 24 2018 07:07:36

What it is about memorizing multiplication tables that make my kids throw their pencil across the room and shout, “I hate math?” It is because, unlike spelling or vocabulary, numbers don’t create pictures for us. Multiplication tables are strings of seemingly random numbers that our children are expected to not only remember, but keep in order and in context with the numbers they are multiplying by.

Learning multiplication facts is an essential part of childhood math. It takes time to learn them, but with a few tips and tricks, you can conquer them with practice. Once you have them memorized, you can work on getting faster with them so that the numbers just come to you. Some of the multiplication facts are simpler than others, but many of them have helpful hints that make them easier to learn.

Ask family to quiz you on your multiplication tables. Once you have studied them enough to know them well, ask your family to quiz you on the tables you have just learned. This will help you remember them long term and keep the numbers fresh in your head. When you have all the tables memorized, ask them to quiz you on all of the numbers, not just one number at a time.

Take your time. You don’t need to sit down and learn all of the multiplication facts at one time. In fact, this would be the worst way to learn. Choose a table and focus solely on that one. Take as much time as you need to master each one before moving onto the next one. Spend about 15-20 minutes each day studying flashcards or playing math games to master each multiplication fact. There are many multiplication math games with different themes that can be found online.[4] For instance, if you really like dinosaurs, find one that uses dinosaurs to make learning more fun.

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