Times Table Tricks

Shortcuts and tips to recall your multiplication tables.

Follow these tricks and you’ll be flying through your times tables even faster.

• Put the smallest number first (4 x 7 is often easier to remember than 7 x 4)
• Count on from an answer you know (for 6x 5, you may know 5 x 5 = 25, then count on another 5)
• Counting on from a known answer also works when going backwards! (for 4 x 5, if you know 5 x 5 = 25, then just count back 5)
• Count forwards and backwards quickly using your fingers

Remember

• Everyone learns and recalls number and facts in a different way. Some stick to fingers and others may recall the whole number line. The best way, is the way that you are most comfortable with.

8 x 6 = ?

8 x 5 = 40

40 + 8 = 48

7 Times Table Tricks

Multiply by 5s and add the double.

(Multiply by 5 instead of 7 and and the multiplier twice)

4 x 7 = ?

4 x 5 = 20

20 + 4 + 4 = 28

5 x 8 = ?

5 x 4 = 20

2 x 20 = 40

9 Times Table Tricks

Multiply by 10 instead of 9, then take away the multiplier

7 x 9 = ?

7 x 10 = 70

And take away 7
70 – 7 = 63