How to Learn Your Times Tables Fast

The Maths GCSE exam includes a whole sec­tion where you are not allowed to use a cal­cu­la­tor. It really helps, if you not only know your times tables, but are also very quick.

Many peo­ple learn times tables up to the 5 times table and then strug­gle with the 6, 7, 8 and 9 times tables. This is a blind spot. You just need to use a few facts and tricks to make it a lot eas­ier. This video is only about 2 min­utes and after watch­ing it you will feel a lot more confident:-


Just by read­ing this post, and under­stand­ing the logic behind it,  you will real­ize that there is noth­ing to fear about times tables. You will gain con­fi­dence and know that you can become a times table expert in about 1 hour.

Did you know that, once you have learned times tables up to the 5 times table (and the 10 times table), you only need to learn 6 more sums to con­quer all the times tables up to the 10 times table?

These 6 key sums are:

6 x 6 = 36

6 x 7 = 42

6 x 8 = 48

7 x 7 = 49

7 x 8 = 56

8 x 8 = 64

How can this be so? Break­ing it down:

1) Every­one should learn a trick to deal with the 9 times table. There are a num­ber of tricks. Per­haps the sim­plest is:

Using 6 x 9 = 54 as example

First digit of answer = Mul­ti­plier (in this case 6) = 6 — 1 = 5

Sec­ond digit of answer = 9 — first digit of answer = 9 — 5 = 4

Answer = 54

Using the same method for 9 x 9 gives:-

9 — 1 = 8

9 — 8 = 1

There­fore 9 x 9 = 81

This works all the way from 1 x 9 to 10 x 9.

Just prac­tice using this rule a few times and you will have the nine times table beaten.

2. Now you know:

a) The times tables up to the 5 times table

b) The 10 times table

c) The 9 times table

d) The 6 key sums (6 x 6 = 36 , 6 x 7 = 42, 6 x 8 = 48 , 7 x 7 = 49 , 7 x 8 =56 , 8 x 8 =64)

All the other sums are worked out by revers­ing one of the sums cov­ered by (a),(b),© or (d) above. For exam­ple 5 x 9 is the reverse of 9 x 5 (from the five times table) and 7 x 6 is the reverse of 6 x 7 (one of the 6 key sums).

You will find that if you read through this post a few times the logic, tricks and even the 6 key sums will stick and you will become super fast with all your times tables.

What do you think? Do you have any tricks or advice that helped you learn your times tables?

This entry was posted in 1. How to Learn Your Times Tables Fast and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to How to Learn Your Times Tables Fast

  1. David says:

    If you want to prac­tice your times tables and check your doing them fast visit where you can take a timed mul­ti­ple choice tables test.

  2. gainni says:


  3. gainni says:


  4. gainni says:

    can you put more meth­ods on their with all the TABLES

    • admin says:

      Hi gainni,

      Sorry I’ve taken a lit­tle while to reply. I’ve just added two posts about the 11 and 12 times tables. I hope they help! I’ll post about divi­sion in the next few days. Thanks for your com­ments and questions.

  5. Girl2 says:

    There’s no sound

    • admin says:

      You’re right. I delib­er­ately made it that way. It could have my dron­ing voice or some piped music but it’s a short video that you can watch a few times to help your learn your times tables. Many peo­ple pre­fer to do that while lis­ten­ing to their own choice of music.

  6. zoe says:

    to mul­ti­ply any num­ber by 9, mul­ti­ply by ten and sub­tract by the mul­ti­ple of 9.
    ex: 9 times 563 is 5076 because 5630–563 is 5076

  7. Michelle Moore says:

    Thank you much for the 11’s and 12’s! My daugh­ter is dyslexic and can­not mem­o­rize facts.

    In the 12’s expla­na­tion you asked for more tricks.

    There is a way to fin­ger count the 6’s. you count by 5’s, then by ones for the mul­ti­plyer:
    So fort 6X6 you use 6 fin­gers, count by 5’s the first time through, and then count by 1 (or add 6)
    5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30
    31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36

    5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40
    41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47 48

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>