Basic maths tips & tricks for your times tables

Basic maths tips & tricks for your times tables

Schoolgirl at the chalkboardLearning your times tables and not getting bored by reading and repeating the same thing over and over again can be a trick in itself, I’ve come up with a few things that can help them stick in your head and some ways to mix it up when learning!

Everything has an opposite

This is a good thing to remember, 4 x 6 = 24 and also 6 x 4 = 24.  They’re the same, knowing this means you only have to learn half of your times tables as by knowing half you will also know the other half, if you forget one you might remember the other!

1 Times Table

Nice and easy, this one is just the number, so 1 x 1 = 1, 1 x 2 = 2… 1 x 12 = 12!

2 Times Table

This one is pretty straight forward, except for 2 x 1 which we already know is the same as 1 x 2 which equals 2.  All the other ones are just the two numbers added together, so 2 x 2 = 4 which is the same as 2 +2 = 4, this works all the way up to 2 x 12 = 24 which is the same as 12 + 12 = 24!

3 Times Table

Like all the odd times tables a good one to help you remember is that when you multiply 2 odd numbers together it is always an odd number and when you multiply an odd number by an even number it is always an even number.  So 1 x 3 = 3 (odd) then 2 x 3 = 6 (even) then 3 x 3 = 9 (odd) and this repeats all the way up!

4 Times Table

Like the 3 times table and all the other even times tables, the even ones have a neat trick as well.  Whenever you multiply an even number by any number, either odd or even, you always get an even number, so 1 x 4 = 4 (even), 2 x 4 = 8 (even), 3 x 4 = 12 (even) and it keeps going all the way up!

5 Times Table

There is a good pattern with this one which is that the last number is either just a 5 or a 0, 1 x 5 = 5, 2 x 5 = 10, 3 x 5 = 15, 4 x 5 = 20.  Again this pattern keeps repeating all the way!

Now we get to the harder ones but because everything has an opposite, you already know half of these!  1 x 6 = 6, 2 x 6 = 12, 3 x 6 = 18, 4 x 6 = 24 & 5 x 6 = 30 because they are the same in the Times Tables you have just learnt the tricks too.

6 Times Table

A neat trick for this one is that when you multiply 6 by an even number then the answer will end in the same number as the one you multiplied it by!  So 2 x 6 = 12, 4 x 6 = 24, 6 x 6 = 36…. 12 x 6 = 72!

9 Times Table

There are a few for this one, firstly it is the same as the 10 Times Table minus the number you are multiplying it by.  So 1 x 9 = 9 = 1 x 10 – 1, 2 x 9 = 18 = 2 x 10 -2, 3 x 9 = 27 = 3 x 10 – 3… 12 x 9 = 108 = 12 x 10 – 12!

Another one is that except for 11 x 9 = 99 that all the numbers in the answer added together = 9.  So 1 x 9 = 9 which is 9, then 2 x 9 = 18 and 1 + 8 = 9, 3 x 9 = 27 and 2 + 7 = 9… 12 x 9 = 108 and 1 + 0 + 8 = 9!

Also you can remember it that the first digit goes up which the second digit goes down; 18, 27, 36, 45 etc.

10 Times Table

This is an easy one and is the same as the number but you are putting a zero after it, 1 x 10 = 10, 2 x 10 = 20, 3 x 10 = 30… 12 x 10 = 120!

11 Times Table

When you multiply something by 11 you just put the number twice up to 11 x 9, so 1 x 11 = 11, 2 x 11 = 22, 3 x 11 = 33… 11 x 9 = 99. Then you know 10 x 9 = 90 and you just need to remember that 11 x 11 = 121 and 12 x 11 = 132.

12 Times Table

Well you already know most of these already because you know everything has an opposite, but a good trick is to remember that 12 times something is the same as 10 times it + 2 times it.  So 12 x 5 = 60 is the same as 10 x 5 = 50 plus 2 x 5 = 10!

…and finally!

Now you should know nearly all of them except for 7 x 7, 7 x 8 and 8 x 8, if you can remember these as well which are; 7 x 7 = 49, 7 x 8 = 56 and 8 x 8 = 64 then you’ve just learnt all your Times Tables!

How do you already know all the others, well remember that everything has an opposite, so you know 3 x 7 = 21 which means you know 7 x 3 = 21 as well!

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