Once you have understood what multiplication is, you are then ready to start learning your tables.
One of the best ways to learn their tables is to follow these simple steps from Math Salamanders:
- First, write down the times table you want to learn. This is useful to see what the times table looks like. Study it and use your noticing skills, look for patterns...visual learning.
- Next, read it aloud - sing or chant the table. This is the auditory learning - not only have you spoken the table but you have also heard it.
- Repeat, repeat and repeat some more - repetition is the key to learning tables (or other facts). The more you say the table aloud, the more you will learn it like you learn word to a song.
- Next, see how good your recall is by trying a practice sheet, or getting someone to test you. You should aim to be able to answer a times table question almost instantly - certainly within about 5 seconds!
- If your recall of the table is up to scratch, then move on to your next table - but keep practicing regularly to keep it in your mind! Otherwise your brain will quickly forget it.
- Need more practice? Go back and repeat some of the previous steps.
Once you are confident in a range of tables, try doing some tables challenges... there are plenty for you to try at the Math Salamanders!