The best way to get better at mathematics quickly is to learn your times tables. And I don't mean being able to work it out on your fingers, I mean automatically knowing that 8 x 6 = 48 without having to think about it.

The only way to do this is constant practise. I forgot (some of) my times tables when I went to university to study maths, because we were using calculators all the time. When I started teaching, I had to make a real effort to relearn them because I needed them for so many topics in the rest of maths.

Constant practise means doing a little

The only way to do this is constant practise. I forgot (some of) my times tables when I went to university to study maths, because we were using calculators all the time. When I started teaching, I had to make a real effort to relearn them because I needed them for so many topics in the rest of maths.

Constant practise means doing a little

__every day__. Think of yourself as an Olympic athlete - you would have to train every day to get better, and if you missed a couple of training sessions you would be back to square 1.
There are
loads of strategies you can use. The simplest one is to get someone else to test you frequently - maybe you could get someone at home to ask you random times table questions. It is even better if you're not expecting it!For links to games or online resources, check out my Pinterest board - there's loads of stuff to try, so hopefully you should find something you like! |