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?

If you want to practice your times tables and check your doing them fast visit http://www.gcsepracticepapers.com where you can take a timed multiple choice tables test.

CAN YOU YOU INCLUD THE TWEVES AND THE ELEVENS IN THE PATTERN TWO.

CAN YOU PUT SIMPLE AND LONG DIVISON METHODS ON HERE TO THAT WILL BE HELPFUL

can you put more methods on their with all the TABLES

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.

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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.

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

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

8X6

5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40

41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47 48