Learning Multiplication Tables

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When learning multiplication tables, fill in as many rows as possible without looking for the answer. Check how well a multiplication table has been memorized with help from a math teacher in this free video on math lessons and skills.

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So how does one learn multiplication tables? Hi, I'm Jimmy Chang, and I've been teaching college mathematics for nine years, and the answer to that is, practice, practice, practice. Now, where you get started, though, is you construct a multiplication table and create as many of them as you can until you've learned the multiplication tables inside and out. I can tell you from experience that multiplication tables really, really helps, not just in the arithmetic courses, but also in the algebra, the liberal arts math courses, even the calculus liberal courses. So, here we go. The basic multiplication table is the numbers one through nine. Now, if you like you can also include the number ten, but, include all the numbers from...as rows and as columns. Now, basically, the first couple of rows tend to be the easiest ones to learn, but basically, to learn a multiplication table, just fill in as many rows and columns without looking, and then see how many you got right. You can check yourselves with flash cards, or with a standard multiplication table. But basically, keep on practicing from one day to the next, or from week to week. And, the key is practice, practice, practice. Now, the hardest tables tend to be the six, sevens, eights and nines, but basically, it's okay. Practice as long as you can. First master the easy ones, and then take as much time as you need to master the hard ones. And once you know the multiplication tables inside and out, you'll be surprised as to how little you'll be referring to the calculator. So, I'm Jimmy Chang, and that's how you learn multiplication tables.


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